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Lake Jesup

Lake Jesup is one of the largest lakes in Central Florida, one of many that make up the St. Johns River. Located in the heart of Seminole County along the middle basin of the St. Johns, the lake encompasses an area of approximately 16,000 acres (65 km²), including open water and floodplain. The lake boasts one of the longest free-standing bridges, part of the Seminole Expressway, which bisects the lake. It is named in honor of Brigadier General Thomas Jesup, an American military officer who served Continue reading →

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, 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 →

Things to do in Orlando

Are you looking for something off the beaten path near Orlando?  Tired of the theme park crowds?  How about visiting an exciting attraction with an authentic “Real Florida” vibe?  Black Hammock offers daily airboat rides departing every thirty minutes from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.  No reservations are required for our thirty minute rides!  Our award-winning attraction includes a FREE Wildlife Exhibit and more! Our airboats are piloted by licensed and experienced captains on our U.S. Coast Guard approved airboats.  Airboats are the best way Continue reading →

Treat your sweet to something unique!

Looking for something more than the traditional dinner and drink?  How about a little adventure?  Black Hammock 30 Minute Airboat Rides depart every half hour with no reservation required from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM; seven days a week!  The Black Hammock also includes a FREE wildlife exhibit featuring live alligators, blue and gold macaws, a small aviary and ball python.  Our location is an excellent stop for avid bird watchers visiting the Black Hammock Wilderness.  There has been recent been reported sightings of purple gallinules that cannot be seen anywhere else 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 →