The Longs started Boggy Creek Airboat Rides as the ORIGINAL airboat company in Central Florida - with only 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, located in South Florida, are known worldwide as the place to go on an airboat tour. It took years of educating journalists, travel agents and customers to open up awareness that the headwaters to the Florida Everglades actually starts in Orlando. Their persistence was able to let visitors realize that planning a trip to Boggy Creek was worth the effort as they got to experience “Real Florida” only minutes from the Orlando’s attractions.