What to expect on your Airboat Ride

Purchase your airboat ticket at the Black Hammock Gift Shop where you will be given an approximate departure time.  When it is time to head down to the dock your captain will collect your airboat tickets and help you onboard.  He will then give you an airboat safety speech.  Leaving the Black Hammock marina your airboat will travel at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour!  Your captain will take you on an exciting tour of Lake Jesup with your companions. He will point out alligators and wildlife and teach you about the many things you will see on your airboat ride.  Alligators can reach over 13 feet in length and weigh over 800 pounds!

We recommend dressing comfortably in weather appropriate clothing.  As the airboat approaches higher speeds it will feel a bit windy – so you may want to bring a light jacket.  Don’t forget to bring sunblock or sunglasses on particularly sunny days, but those items are also available at the Black Hammock Gift Shop.  Hearing protection will be provided for your airboat ride as well as life vests for children. Adult life vests are available upon request. The Black Hammock airboat rides can accommodate both large and small groups.

Never try and feed the alligators during your airboat ride. They have a bone crushing bite! Many look like floating logs in the water; so you really need to be alert. The best time to take pictures of them is when they are sunning on the bank.  You will often see baby alligators on the shores of the Black Hammock peninsula before you depart on your ride.  Don’t forget to have your cameras ready as they often dive in the water when approached.

Black Hammock 30 minute airboat rides depart approximately every half hour with no reservations required!  Airboat ride hours are 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

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