Facts About Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours  

airboat toursAirboats and Everglades famously go together and there’s quite a few airboat companies out there, but we’re here to tell you Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours are the best airboat tours in town! 

Here are some reasons why you should come experience a Captain Mitch airboat tour over any other company: 

  • Captain Mitch has the oldest family in the airboat ride industry of south Florida.  
  • Captain Mitch’s family has been in the airboat tour business for more than 60 years.  
  • On these tours, you see alligators, birds, fish, snakes, and more.  
  • Captain Mitch’s great grandfather Captain Barrel Head House and Captain Doug’s grandfather built the first commercial airboat in the Everglades in 1941.  
  • Captain Mitch was born and raised in Everglades City, Fl.  
  • Captain Rick was born and raised in Everglades City, Fl.  
  • Captain Stanford was born and raised in Everglades City, Fl.  
  • Captain James lives in Plantation Island, Fl.  
  • Captain Conrad lives in Naples, Florida.  
  • Captain Jack comes from Everglades City, Fl.  
  • These tours are one hour long.  
  • We offer discounts and coupon codes throughout the year.  
  • Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours is the original small Airboat Tours in Everglades City, FL. 
  • Our tours give you the ability to experience the thrill of flying like a true Florida Everglades local across the grass land swamps. 
  •  We are in the grass area of Big Cypress national preserve and Everglades National Park.  
  • Our airboat tours are just minutes from Naples, Marco island and Fort Myers, Florida. 

Travel like a real pioneer with an old pioneer family! To book an airboat tour, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065 or click our Private Everglades Airboat Tours page. 

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 






All About the American Alligator in the Everglades 

wildlife in the evergladesOne of the most sought out sights in the Everglades is the American alligator, which is basically iconic to Florida. You can find this alligator in freshwater swamps, marshes, rivers, lakes, and other small bodies of water.  

An adult male American alligator can reach up to 15 feet in length while the female can reach up to 10 feet in length. Their snouts are broad. Young alligators eat insects, small fish and frogs, while adults eat fish, turtles, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and small alligators.  

Depending where the alligator lives, it’s colors can change from olive, to gray, to brown or black with a cream-colored underside.  

Mating usually occurs in the spring and can last for several hours. A female alligator will choose a place to nest above the water level. Females stay near the nest during the 58 to 63-day incubation period. She will protect the nest from danger. The temperature determines the sex of the hatchlings. Incubation from 90 to 93 degrees produces males while 82 to 86 degrees produces females and anything in between produces both.  

Once they hatch, the female will carry eight to 10 babies in her mouth to the water. The babies will grow fast, about one foot per year for the first few years of life.  

Alligators are native to the Everglades and are an important part of the area’s ecosystem. Many other species use alligator holes/nests as a refuge and shelter.  

 For the most part, alligator attacks on humans do not occur, unless there is an illegal feeding incident. In the Everglades, it is illegal to feed, bother, or provoke alligators.  

Currently, alligators are thriving in the Everglades and Florida and have not been on the Endangered Species list since 1987; however, alligators do have a new-ish predator, the Burmese python, which can kill and eat an alligator. People are working hard to remove the pythons from the Everglades, as they are invasive and killing the native animals and hurting the local ecosystem.  

Come on out on an airboat tour and see an alligator (or many) up close!  To book an airboat tour, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065 or click our Private Everglades Airboat Tours page. 

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 





Why an Airboat Tour is One of the Best Activities You’ll Ever Do 

airboat tourHave you ever been on an airboat tour through the Everglades? No? Try it out! Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours will give you a lifetime experience like no other. You’ll never forget it! 

For this article, we wanted to share with you some reasons why an airboat tour is one of the best activities that you’ll ever do in Florida or any trip.  

  • Airboat tours are fun for people of all ages! 
  • These tours are more eco-friendly than boats as they don’t destroy the environment or species’ habitats or create a lot of pollution.  
  • You’ll learn a lot about wildlife, plant life, and the Everglades from the airboat captain. 
  • The airboat is safely equipped in case of any emergency. Life jackets and ear protection are provided. 
  • Airboats are properly maintained and inspected throughout the year, so they are working properly. 
  • It’s affordable 
  • You get the chance to possibly see alligators, birds, turtles, fish, and other wildlife. 
  • You’ll get to go fast (safely) on the water. 
  • You will have breathtaking views of the Everglades. 
  • You get views of the Everglades you can’t get anywhere else. 
  • Airboats can go into areas where bigger boats cannot.  
  • You get a private tour. 
  • You can be close to wildlife.  
  • Airboats can go in places big boats cannot go. 
  • You can enjoy this experience with family and friends. 
  • You will see different things each time you go out on an airboat. 

Explore the Everglades by Private Airboat 

Captain Mitch has been involved in airboat tours for more than 30 years in the Everglades. Captain Mitch and his team are filled with so much knowledge of the area – you will learn so much while having fun exploring the Everglades’ ecosystem. We promise this will be a memorable trip for you.  

Airboat tours are fun for everyone, whether it’s your first or fifteenth trip!  To book an airboat tour, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065 or click our Private Everglades Airboat Tours page. 

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 





Airboat Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic  

covid-19Safety is important with everything in life, especially with the current worldwide pandemic going on. At Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours, we offer private tours on private land.  

We will be returning to our roots of private tours as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus)We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 and we want you to know we are committed to helping stop the spread of this virus. We are a family owned business, for your safety and the safety of our employees we are diligently sanitizing our facility and equipment multiple times per day.  

We will offer private group tours at $50 per person, plus tax (four-person minimum). Reservations are suggested and coupons are NOT valid on private tour. 

Going on a private airboat tour is a great way to get outside while social distancing and having fun.  It’s aexperience that you’ll never forget 

 Airboats are fun to ride, but accidents can occur just like in a car, kayak, boat, train, bicycle, ride, or any other moving vehicle or vessel.  If you equip yourself with the proper safety knowledge and ride with a reputable company, like Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours, you will have a safe trip. 

Captain Mitch has been in the airboat tour business since he was little. He has more than 30 years of experience chartering through the Everglades and prides himself on taking people on fun and safe airboat tours. 

On an airboat tour, our airboat captains will instruct passengers on safety precautions before departing.  

Here are the safety measures and guidelines that airboats must meet, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, to help ensure an airboat trip will be a safe experience: 

  1. Propeller Safety – No one is allowed near the propeller. All items and equipment must be secured, so they do not get caught in the propeller. 
  1. Safety Equipment – Airboats must be equipped with ear protection, eye protection, first-aid kitcell phone in a water-proof buoyant case, drinking water and a B-1 type approved fire extinguisher. 
  1. Pre-Operation Checklist – Before leaving, the captain will check the boat to make sure everything is working properly to avoid accidents, injuries, and mechanical breakdowns. 
  1. Weather – Weather is unpredictable, so the airboat captains keep an eye on the weather forecast throughout the day. When it comes to lightning, high wind, and thunderstorms, airboats will be docked. Airboats can operate during fog but will go slower and turn on strobe lights. 
  1. Navigation – Airboat captains are trained in proper maneuvering and navigation techniques to get through tight areas and blind spots. They also know the airboat routes like the back of their hand and can report their location in case of an emergency.  While steering the airboat, the airboat captains also look out for obstacles such as wildlife, other boats, plant life or other obstructions to stay away from. 
  1. Preventative maintenance – Every week, captains work hard to keep the airboat clean and working efficiently. They check and maintain the propeller, exhaust system, oil, engines. and more. 

If you’re looking for a fun and safe airboat trip, during or post pandemic, come out with Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours. 

 To schedule an airboat tour, click our Everglades airboat ride page or contact Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065. 

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours  is open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 


Invasive Species: Lionfish in the Everglades 

invasive speciesThe Everglades is full of both native and, unfortunately, invasive, species. Whether they were let loose or escaped, these species found their way into the Everglades and are having a negative impact on the ecosystem.  

One of these invasive species is the lionfish. Despite being bad for the Everglades’ ecosystem, a lionfish is an attractive looking fish with its pectoral fins, brownish stripes. 

As an invasive species, the lionfish can live and thrive in habitats that are not their true home or region. The lionfish is a venomous predator and its original habitat is from Indo-Pacific waters.  

 Unlike pythons, lionfish are not the biggest problem yet in the Everglades, but their numbers are increasing each year. In 2014, 13 lionfish were removed from Everglades. 

Although the not large in numbers in the Evergladesthe lionfish population is growing in nearby waters. It is believed more will appear in the area and in the Everglades. Currently, there is a“Everglades and Dry Tortugas Lionfish Management Plan” in review that will target specific areas within each park to help suppress lionfish from entering. 

The lionfish was introduced to the Atlantic waters around the 1980s. It is believed this fish made its way here either through aquarium trade or through ballast water on international boats. These lionfish can live in water anywhere from 1 to 1,000 feet in mangroves, seagrass, coral, hard bottom, and artificial reefs. 

It is believed they could have a real big impact on the marine ecosystems here in south Florida. Their presence will decrease the number of native and commercial species. Although it doesn’t happen often, their stings are also known to be painful and can lead to serious injury. 

Here are some ways lionfish are bad for the Everglades:  

  • They feed primarily on larvae and juvenile fish. 
  • They eat and consume a great variety of fishes and crustaceans 
  • They eat herbivorous fish that graze on algae.   

With this behavior, the number of fish will dwindle, there will be less fish in the water and less fish for other predators to eat; also with more algae around, the algae can overgrow and keep coral and sponges from growing and thriving. 

Right now, the lionfish is the only known invasive marine fish recognized at having invaded the entire Caribbean and coastal waters around southeastern United States. These fish are slow moving and easy to capture. Netting and spearing are usually used to capture them. 

Book a Ride on an Airboat through Everglades 

If you’re visiting the Everglades and spot a lionfish, report it! You can tell one of our guidesif you spot a lionfish on a tour or call the Park at 305-809-4738 or 305-562-0820. 

Although they are a “pretty” fish, it’s a good thing to remove them from this ecosystem so they don’t do it more harm.  

To book a tour, all Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065  or visit our Everglades Airboat Tours page.  

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 


Airboat Tours are Eco-Friendly for the Everglades 

climbing fernAs many people know, the Everglades’ ecosystem is struggling. Between human development, invasive species, and Mother Nature, this area has been through a lot, and it needs help to restore itself back to its original, healthy state.  

The Everglades has a sensitive and precarious ecosystem and even minor changes or damage to the Everglades can have dramatic consequences on the heath of the overall ecosystem.  

Tourism, including fun activities like an airboat tour, is a great way to promote the Everglades and to encourage conservationas well as a general love for this areaSince the Everglades needs to recover, it’s important to focus on “eco-tourism,” which are environmentally friendly tourism options that seek to minimize damage and negative impacts on the environments they seek to promote. 

One of the best ways to explore the Everglades is also the most eco-friendly: the airboat. Airboats do little to no damage to the surrounding environment and are far more stable and secure than kayaks or inflatable watercrafts.  

Airboats ride one top of the water and the propeller is above the waterline, which means aquatic plants and animals are not threatened by propellers tearing through the water.  

If the airboat encounters a larger animal, it is most likely to slide right over it, leaving the animal and passengers of the boat unharmed. 

An airboat ride is great way to see the Everglades without leaving permanent damage in your wake – something that is incredibly important to such a delicate ecosystem. 

Eco-tourism is so important to the Everglades right now as the community, researchers, and officials are coming together to try and save this special wetland. This area has plants, animals, and other species seen nowhere else in the world, so it’s important that it does not disappear.  

An airboat tour offers the best of both worlds as it allows you to explore this beautiful environment and leave it no worse off than you found it. Airboats are an excellent way to see the Everglades without leaving a huge ecological footprint behind. 

Jump on an eco-friendly airboat ride with Captain Mitch’s Airboat tours in the Everglades today. 

Call  800-368-0065  or visit our Everglades Airboat Tours  page to book a trip!  

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 



Invasive Species: Nile Crocodile 

Nile CrocodileThe Everglades isn’t just home to alligators, it’s home to crocodiles, as well. There are many different types of crocodiles in the Everglades, but there is one species of crocodile that is invasive: The Nile Crocodile. Nile crocodiles are from Africa.  

A University of Florida herpetologist said he isn’t sure how the Nile crocodile got into the Everglades. Obviously, the crocodile couldn’t swim all the way over itself from Africa.  

Nile crocodiles have been captured in the Everglades in 2009, 2011, and 2014. Locals reported strange looking alligators, so this scientist and his colleagues captured and tested the crocodiles. After some DNA testing, it was determined these crocodiles were Nile crocodilesHowever, they were not matched to any of the Nile crocodiles in any of Florida’s licensed Florida attractions, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

These Nile crocodiles could have been brought over to the area illegally by an unlicensed reptile collector, or they could have escaped or have been let go. It is believed the crocodiles found may have escaped from Predator World, and that no one released them, but they escaped, according to officials at the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

A male Nile crocodile: 

  •  Can be more 16 feet long and weigh more than 1,600 pounds.  
  • Has a bronze/brown/yellow coloring.  
  • Is more aggressive than the American crocodile or American alligator.  

This crocodile is not good news for the Everglades’ ecosystem if it starts growing in numbers. These crocodiles can live and survive in Florida‘s climate for many years and they can grow and populate quickly. It is believed that cross-breeding between the American crocodile and the Nile crocodile could create even larger crocodiles in the area, which could endanger the smaller breads of crocodiles and the purity of the American breed. 

For now, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission officials aren’t worried, and believe they have captured all the Nile crocodiles in the area – there have been no other confirmed sightings. These officials conduct regular routine inspections and surveys to look out for exotic and invasive species.  The agency also doesn’t believe these crocodiles mated with any native crocodiles in their time in the wild, because of dissimilar habitat and behavior. 

Explore the Everglades 

Come down to the Everglades and see some native alligators and crocodiles – they are a fan favorite of things to see in the Everglades and on an airboat tour.  

A great way to explore the crocodile’s habitat is with an airboat tour. Call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065  or visit our Everglades Airboat Tours page. Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 

Manatees in the Everglades 

native speciesDid you know adult manatees can eat up to 10 to 15% of their body weight daily? That’s a lot of food! To get in that much food, manatees graze for about seven hours per day.  

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, manatees are a “keystone species” Manatees behaviors can alert researcher to environmental changes and they are monitored by tags.  

The manatee season in the Everglades just ended.  The season begins November 15 and goes until March 31.  

In 2017 the government had to make a decision on whether or not manatees will still have an endangered species status. Over the years, manatees’ numbers have grown, which is why this change of status may occur.  Right now, the manatee is not endangered. In early 2019, a survey estimated at least 5,700 living in Florida waters, which is a jump from the 1,267 manatees counted in 1991, when the first aerial surveys were taken. 

In the last 29 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local governments have helped create more than 50 manatee protection zones, boating rules, and restricted construction of docks in certain habitats. 

Around 95 manatees were killed in 2016 by boats and other watercrafts. With such a high number of manatees being that year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urges boaters to be extra careful. 

In 2017, there was a proposal to change the manatees from endangered to threatened species. Many scientists are opposed to this change, because it would remove federal protection from manatees in the Caribbean, whose numbers aren’t as high as the ones living in Florida.  However, their status did change in 2017 and was downgraded to “threatened.” 

During manatee season, slower speed limits go in effect for boaters. Boaters are asked to wear polarized sunglasses to better spot manatees and abide by the speed limits put in place. 

Here are some other fun facts about manatees: 

  • Manatees sleep on the bottom and float up about every 20 minutes to breath.  
  • Manatees can weigh between 1,500 and 1,800 pounds.  
  • Manatees can live up to 60 years old in the wild.  
  • Manatees live and thrive in warm water above 68 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  • Manatees can easily float due to their fat helping with buoyancy and their large lungs filling with air.  
  • Manatees squeal under water to communicate.  


Spot Some Manatees on an Everglades Airboat Tour 

Although not guaranteed, you may get the chance to see a manatee on an airboat tour through the Everglades. 

 If not, don’t worry there are so many other animals, birds, plants, and marine life you can spot on a ride 

Book an Everglades airboat tour today with Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours.  

Call 800-368-0065  or visit our Everglades Airboat Tours  page to book a trip!  

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 


Fun Facts About Airboats

airboatsAirboats and the Everglades just go together – the image of an airboat gliding across the waters in this wetland are iconic. People have been using airboats to get around in the Everglades for decades.

Captain Mitch House of Captain Mitch’s Private Airboat Tours has been in the airboat tour and tourist attraction industry since he was knee-high. Captain Mitch was and raised in Everglades City, Florida where he ended up following in the footsteps of his Father Captain Doug and great grandfather Barrel Head House, who was the pioneer of airboats.

Airboats have evolved over the years and now take tourists and visitors around to view the beauty that is the Everglades.

For this article, we wanted to share with you some fun facts about airboats:

  • Airboats are also known as “fanboats.”
  • Airboats are propelled with either aircraft or automotive engines.
  • Automotive engines are preferred for airboats, as automotive gas is much less expensive than gas for aircraft.
  • Airboat hulls are made from aluminum or fiberglass.
  • Airboat propellers can produce prop wash behind them of around 150mph.
  • Propellers must be enclosed within protective cages to prevent injury to riders and operators.
  • Airboat operators must have extensive operational safety knowledge.
  • Airboats do not have brakes and cannot move in reverse.
  • Airboats are steered by passing forced air across vertical rudders.
  • Airboats have no operating parts below waterline.
  • Airboats have elevated seats for operators and passengers that allow for better views.
  • Modern airboats are built with mufflers to reduce the loud noise from the engine and propellers.
  • The first airboat was built in 1905 in Nova Scotia, Canada, and was nicknamed the “Ugly Duckling.”
  • The first airboat registered in Florida was brought to the area in 1920.
  • The first commercial airboat in Florida appeared in the early 1930’s.
  • Today’s airboats are used for eco-tourism, fishing, hunting, and rescue.
  • Airboats were used to save thousands of New Orleans residents and flood victims after Hurricane Katrina.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Military, and U.S. Special Forces use airboats.

Ready to experience an airboat for yourself? They provide a fun ride! Our captains are trained, experienced, and knowledgeable on airboats and the Everglades. Ask us questions!

Our guides and team know the Everglades well! Our airboat tours are fun and educational for the whole family! Get excited you’re in for a fun ride!

Call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065  or visit our Everglades Airboat Tours page. Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax).

The Importance of Mangroves in the Everglades

mangrove forestsIf there’s one plant the Everglades is know for, it’s its mangroves. You know those trees whose roots stick above the water and look like long fingers? Yup, those are mangroves and they are extremely important to the ecosystem of the Everglades. They are magical in appearance and when you glide by them on an airboat tour, you feel like you’re in a fairytale or enchanted land.

Currently, Florida is home to about 469,000 acres of mangrove forests. The Everglades is home to largest mangrove forest in North America. Mangroves thrive in tropical and subtropical climates. These trees produce seeds that drop and get carried away by water or winds, and the mangroves will grow wherever the seeds land.

There are about 50 species of mangroves. Three species of mangroves are found in Florida: the red mangrove, the black mangrove, and the white mangrove.

The most well-known, and easily seen in the Everglades, is the red mangrove. It’s the mangrove we were describing above. It’s a salt-tolerant tree that grows in areas with low-oxygen soil. They can take freshwater from the saltwater to survive. These mangroves have prop roots that make them look like they’re standing on the water. With these roots, the forests can handle rising tides in-and-out of the Everglades. The roots are reddish in color.

The black mangrove sits at a higher elevation than the red mangrove. This mangrove has finger-like projections that protrude from the soil around the trunk of the tree.

The white mangrove can be found at the highest elevations of these three species. This mangrove’s roots do not show; it has light, yellow-green leaves.

Mangroves help protect the Florida coastline, the Everglades, and in turn, help protect human developments. The mangroves’ roots stabilize the coastline and higher lands by reducing erosion. These trees also block winds, waves, floods, tides, and storm surges from damaging the land – think of them as a fortress wall. The bigger, wider, and thicker a mangrove forest, the more protection to the environment it can provide.

Not only can mangroves protect land, they can also filter water and keep water quality high.

Another major benefit and quality to mangroves is that they also provide a habitat for a variety of birds and marine life. Many fish and animals use the mangrove forests as protection, shelter, or a place to find food.

Unfortunately, mangroves and mangroves forests are disappearing. According to American Forests, the oldest national conservation organization in the country, almost half of the world’s old-growth mangrove forest have disappeared in the past 50 years. Humans are a major cause to the loss of the mangrove forests due to industrial shrimp farming and coastal development.

Now, in Florida, state and city laws have been established to protect these forests, which are a key role in Florida’s ecosystem. It’s important we do what we can to protect these plants as they are key to not only the Florida ecosystem, but the protection of us!

Ride Through the Mangroves on an Airboat

Do you want to see the beautiful, protectors known as mangroves up close? An airboat tour can take you up-close-and-personal to these plants!

An airboat ride through the Everglades can allow you to see vegetation and animal life you won’t see anywhere else!

Book an airboat tour  with Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours by calling 800-368-0065  or visiting our Everglades Airboat Tours page. Ask us about the mangroves!

We are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax).