Margie and Chris Long started Boggy Creek Airboat Rides as the ORIGINAL airboat company in Central Florida with just one six-passenger airboat in 1994. At that time it was unheard of to stay in the Orlando area and take an airboat ride. The Florida Everglades in south Florida are known worldwide as the location to go out on an airboat tour. It took years of talking to journalists, travel agents and customers to open up the awareness that the headwaters to the Florida Everglades actually start right in Orlando. They were able to finally make visitors realize that with their few precious vacation days Boggy Creek's central location still gives them a chance to see the "Real Florida" only minutes from Orlando's attractions.
In the beginning Chris was the captain and Margie worked at the front desk. They worked 7 days a week and even holidays. Their first day off was over two years later. They lived two roads over from the fish camp and Chris would regularly bring home airboat visitors for dinner. Sixteen years later some of their closest associates are people they have met at Boggy Creek, including Walter from Canada, Bob from Georgia, Phyllis from Maryland (who works for us) and even some from the U.K. There were days in the beginning that they had no customers and they weren't sure if they would make it, packing lunches and dinners and eating at the boat dock to spend time together as a family. Their two children Matt and Lauren spent many hours fishing off the dock and collecting frogs and minnows to pass away the time.
Their hard work and dedication paid off and now they have since become a "must see" location for travelers all around the world. They opened their second location in 1996 to support the tremendous growth. Their fleet of airboats has grown to over eight 17-passenger airboats and four 6-passenger private airboats. Over a million passengers have learned about the Everglades by exploring the Wetlands with Boggy Creek Airboat Rides.
To make sure each customer has a unique and memorable experience they varied their boat sizes offered and also offered a selection of tours. They understand that although there are now many other operators in Central Florida that visitors can choose from their customers know that it takes more than a boat to operate a great company and return to the Orlando area's first and most experienced tours.
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