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Staying Afloat At Black Hammock

10/7/2017 This September, Hurricane Irma ripped through the entire state of Florida; Trees down, many without power for days, the suffering went on for weeks. Now in the aftermath, the water recedes from the lawns of homes, parking lots and streets are driveable again, but a quiet monster crept up for days after in the St John’s River Waterway. Right here at Black Hammock in one day, between September 10th and September 11th, the water rose 2 feet; The next day, an additional foot. The Continue reading →

Origins of Oviedo, Florida

In the late 1870s, individuals living a couple miles south of Lake Jesup needed an easily accessible post office in the Florida back country. Andrew Aulin, an early settler and shop-owner, decided to file paperwork for a post office; in his first site location report he needed a unique name, one that no other post office in Florida had. Aulin liked having a Spanish name, “to go with the Spanish name of the state,” and decided to name his post office location Oviedo after the city 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 →

Increase of Alligator Sightings at Black Hammock Airboat Rides

Black Hammock guests and staff has been reporting record numbers of alligator sightings on their airboat rides this year!  There have been a number of large gators basking on the peninsula by the airboats as well as swimming in the bank. At one point there were so many alligators in the bank that Captain Steve had to delay his entry upon return from an airboat ride. Recent downpours have caused the water levels in Lake Jesup to rise. This has caused a spike in alligator activity on top of Continue reading →

Alligators, Airboat Rides, and You.

When you take one of our thrilling airboat rides just outside of Orlando; one animal you will see is the American alligator.  The American alligator is also known as Mississippi Alligator. It is one of only two living species of alligator.  Our airboat rides take place on Lake Jesup – known for hosting the largest population of American alligators in all of Florida!  The other type of alligator is the Chinese alligator located in Eastern China. The word alligator is derived from the Spanish ‘el lagarto’, Continue reading →

Now Offering Sunset Airboat Rides

The Black Hammock is now offering affordable Sunset Airboat Rides with reservation every weekend!  Take a spectacular Sunset Airboat Ride which includes a mini wildlife tour of Lake Jesup and Bird Island.  Lake Jesup is known for hosting the LARGEST alligator population in all of Florida and is an ideal location for a scenic nature tour.  Get off the beaten path in Orlando and visit this hidden gem just minutes away.  Great for people who are looking for things to do in Orlando that is not Disney.  The Black Hammock’s Continue reading →