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GATOR BAIT AIRBOAT ADVENTURES, Blue Cypress Recreation Area, County Road 512, Vero Beach, 766.2629, www.gatorbaitairboatadventures.com

Take a ride on the wild side! Gator Bait offers thrilling airboat rides and guarantees passengers will see alligators when they go out. In fact, they say, they’ve made friends with a few. Their rides are fun but also educational — passengers go home knowing a lot more about alligators and their habits and habitats than when they started out. Gliding over the Blue Cypress marsh in an airboat offers scenic views that passengers often want to capture with a camera. They delight in seeing other marsh residents including wood storks, bald eagles, ospreys, turtles and great blue herons. This is Florida, wild and beautiful, and these days, worth seeking out and enjoying to the fullest. The tour company’s newest airboat, the 18-foot Gator Rage, is nicknamed “the swamp rocket.” It holds seven passengers and flies over the marsh’s land and water.

Gator Bait has five stars on TripAdvisor — well earned, according to customers who say they like seeing the wildlife and they also enjoy the information offered by a personable and knowledgeable guide who can answer their questions.


"We had a great time with family on Gator Bait. The airboat was clean and comfortable, and the tour was not only very informative, but fun and exciting as well. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to see real Florida wildlife in their natural environment."

"Absolutely amazing. Friendly, fun and educational."

"You can really tell they know what they’re talking about and have fun on the tour to make sure you have a trip like no other."