Airboat Rides Florida

The Fun Fast Way to See the Nature Coast!

Departure times: 9:00 A.M., 11:00 A.M.,1:00 P.M., 3:00 P.M., and 5:00 P.M.
Reservations Suggested

Experience the Thrill of an Airboat Ride & the Natural Beauty of Florida!

Our Most Exciting Tours!! Fast, Fun & Educational!

Surprisingly different way to see our natural areas; going where motorboats can't go. River Safaris pioneered airboat rides and airboat tours on the Homosassa River and we will give you the very best ride for your money! Our airboats can and do go everyplace other airboats go! Captains strive to find wildlife to show you.

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SAFARI RIDE - Slide, twist and turn along the cedar, palm and mangrove covered islands, creeks and rivers. This ride takes you on a portion of Battle Creek, Petty Creek, Sam’s Bayou, the Little Homosassa River, Salt River and thru Shivers Bay.  All of these are connected to the main Homosassa River and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

Approximately 1 Hour - $38.00 per person- 3 person min.
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GULF RIDE - Our Most Popular Ride!  Covers the same areas as the Safari Ride then continues thru the backwaters, estuaries and saltwater marsh past Indian shell mounds. Reach the shallow clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico and view the sponges, corals, fish and possibly Dolphins.

This ride lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours and the cost is $45 per person. Two person minimum.
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BIRD KEY - Glide on the Homosassa River past Tiger Tail Island, native people’s shell mounds and Island Houses into Sam’s Bayou.  A fast ride to the most northern island of St. Martins Keys chain named Bird Key for the huge variety of birds that can be seen there. Wintering American White Pelicans, summers Frigate birds and year round populations of native birds nest and roost here.
Sponges, corals, fish, rays and Bottlenose Dolphins are likely to be seen.

Approximately 1 3/4 hours at $55 per person, 3 person minimum.
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ST. MARTIN'S KEYS RIDE - An Outstanding 100% natural Florida experience!  Taking in all the areas listed in the Safari, Gulf and Bird Key Rides PLUS running the border of the Chassahowwitzka National Wildlife Refuge. Then the parameters of the St. Martins Keys Chain of Islands where the sky meets the Gulf of Mexico. Flying across this shallow crystal clear water viewing the life under the surface is totally breathtaking.

Approx. 1 3/4 hours at $65 per person, 3 person minimum.
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KEYS TO OZELLO - Includes all of the rides above.  Ozello’s many island houses and several pioneer homes including the only school house built on a small island can be seen. Return to the Homosassa River thru Salt River and Greenleaf Bay thru miles of oyster beds, sea greases and palm & cedar covered islands.  Wildlife abounds in this area-keep your eyes open for Whitetail Deer, Hog, Bobcat, Raccoons, Bald Eagles, Osprey and many others. This Fascinating ride gives you the whole picture of our remarkable historic and natural area.

Approximately 2 hours at $75 per person and a 4 person minimum. Advanced reservation required.
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SUNSET RIDE - Watch the sun touch the horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Approx. 2 hours. $55.00 per person, 4 person minimum. Alcohol permitted-BYOB.


PRIVATE TOURS - For those folks who wish to travel with just your group aboard.

Safari Ride:
up to 6 people $228, up to 12 people $456

Gulf:
up to 6 people $270, up to 12 people $540

Bird Key:
up to 6 people $330, up to 12 people $660

St. Martins Keys:
up to 6 people $390, up to 12 people $780

Keys to Ozello:
up to 6 people $450, up to 12 people $750



Prices are per person except private tours. Children ages 4,5 and 6 are 1/2 price (except private tours) and 3 and under are free on all airboat rides. We honor all competitors printed discounts and prices on the Homosassa River. We provide all safety equipment and adult ear protection (we have cotton for small children). Our boats have been specially built for our company and have silicon carbide props, large mufflers and a gear ratio designed to reduce noise as much as possible.

* Times and routes may vary according to weather, tides, boat traffic and wildlife sightings.

We suggest sunglasses and sunscreen; Please wear clothing that you wouldn't mind getting water or mud spray on! We don't try to get you wet but it can happen! Appropriate clothing for the weather also suggested. Alcohol Permitted, BYOB.

Please contact us about planning your next adventure on the Homosassa River in Old Homosassa Florida!