Origin of the Airboat

The first airboat, called the Ugly Duckling, was built in 1905 in Canada by a team led by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. It was used to test various engines and prop configurations. An associate of Dr. Bell, Glenn Curtiss (of airplane manufacturing fame) is reported to have registered the first air boat in Florida in 1920. It was called the Curtis Scooter and it had a closed cockpit design. A story in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Airboating Magazine that showed an air boat called a Free Bottom Continue reading →

Airboat Rides on Lake Jesup near Orlando

If you want to see alligators, Lake Jesup is the place to be!  Take an Airboat Ride on Lake Jesup – A large, shallow water body in Seminole County.  Lake Jesup and its floodplain extend over approximately 16,000 acres. Over 100,000 years old, the lake itself covers about 10,000 acres. When taking an Airboat Ride at Black Hammock you will see that besides the very large population of alligators, Lake Jesup is also home to many eagles, ospreys, wading birds, bobcats and more! More than 10,000 strong, Lake Jesup Continue reading →

“Real Florida” Airboat Ride Adventure!

Your local award-winning attraction has a lot of amenities like nowhere else!  Black Hammock’s Airboat Rides take place on Lake Jesup, known for hosting the largest alligator population in the entire state of Florida!  As your airboat glides along the banks of Lake Jesup, you will also be able to see many different types of birds such as Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher and other Florida Wildlife. Turtles are abundant along the lake and they often sunbathe along the shorelines. Occasionally, a few curious Continue reading →

Black Hammock Anniversary Celebration

Buy (3) 30 Minute Airboat Rides, Get (1) Free! Printed coupon required. Celebrate Black Hammock’s 16 year Anniversary!  Locals, friends and future friends of the Black Hammock are invited to have a beer with us for our 16 Year Anniversary Party at the Lazy Gator Bar! Live Music with Sleep Until Noon from 9PM – 1AM The Black Hammock is an award winning attraction like nowhere else! No entry fee and includes a Lakeview Bar with LIVE MUSIC every weekend, Airboat Rides, Full Service Restaurant featuring Chef Barth, Free Wildlife Exhibit and more! Continue reading →

Unforgettable Black Hammock Airboat Rides

Airboat Rides are a popular way to explore Florida’s Natural Habitat.  Black Hammock airboat rides take place on Lake Jesup. Lake Jesup boasts the largest alligator population in the entire state of Florida.  And guess what?  Lake Jesup averages to about only six feet deep!  There are an estimated 10,000 or more alligators in Lake Jesup.  When you take an airboat ride, keep alert even before you board the boat.  Often times you will see alligators basking on the shores of the Black Hammock peninsula.  See an odd Continue reading →

Airboat Rides: The Best Type of Eco Tour

You may wonder why we use airboats for our nature tours?  What are the advantages of using an airboat anyway? Believe it or not, airboats are the only safe way to venture into the watery world of swamps, marshes & river deltas. Airboats are safe – both for the local wildlife and plant life, and for the guests on board. All of our airboats are U.S. Coast Guard approved and driven by licensed Master Captains.  Airboats provide for a stable platform which is much more Continue reading →

Airboat Rides, A Mound of Trees, and You.

Black Hammock Airboat Rides is a wonderful award-winning experience like nowhere else! Before boarding for your airboat ride, you may wonder “Where are all the hammocks?”. The term “Hammock” does not only refer to that relaxing sling of fabric that you (and probably our employees) would lounge in if they were available here; it is also a geological term for for stands of trees that form an island in a contrasting ecosystem. Upon visiting Black Hammock for your airboat ride you will witness this first Continue reading →

Open on Thanksgiving!

A traditional holiday with a twist! Take a thrilling Airboat Ride and explore Lake Jesup and Bird Island. Remember your experience with a photo session with a live alligator. Afterwards, you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at our on-site Black Hammock Restaurant or a drink at our lakeview The Lazy Gator Bar! Black Hammock is a lakeside attraction like nowhere else! Located on Lake Jesup which is widely known for having the LARGEST alligator population in all of Florida! Venue includes a lakeview bar, airboat rides, full service restaurant with Continue reading →

Have a “Real Florida” Wedding

The Black Hammock is an excellent choice for an exciting “Real Florida” wedding experience. Our venue provides a unique backdrop for your wedding and reception.  As you walk the premises you can picture your your wedding ceremony at our beautiful lakeview gazebo right on the tranquil Lake Jesup, surrounded by your family and friends.  Venue includes a lakeview bar, airboat rides, full service restaurant, free wildlife exhibit, venue rental and more! Just a stone’s throw away from Orlando’s busiest attractions. You may choose to have Continue reading →

The Eagle has Landed!

The Eagles have returned to the Black Hammock! After heading out of Orlando for the summer, the Bald Eagles are beginning to return to Lake Jesup for fall migration.  Eagles are a common sight in fall and winter on your Black Hammock airboat ride.  Many airboat ride goers have reported that an Eagles nest has been spotted in the center of Bird Island on their tour.   Bird Island is a treasure trove of wildlife where guests can witness many feathered inhabitants as they circle the coastline on their airboat tour. Many of you Continue reading →