Airboat Tour History

Airboat Tour History

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Captain Mitch House has been in the airboat tour and tourist attraction industry since he was knee-high to a bullfrog. Born and raised in Everglades city Florida where he ended up following in the footsteps of his Father Capt Doug and great grandfather Barrel Head House. The pioneer of airboats who built one of the first commercial airboats in 1942. Built from three sheets of plywood and a few 2×4’s. Powered with a slant six tank motor and a sawed off prop-jet propeller with no cage. These were primitive work boats. Barrel Head used this as a fishing guide in the Flamingo and Florida Bay areas of the Florida Everglades. This was a great way to gain access to the shallow salt flats of Florida Bay. Where he took tourists charter fishing for snook, reds, trout, tarpon and many other fish species in the now Everglades National Park ecosystem. Later the locals around Everglades City, FL and the south Florida area found these airboats were a great way to travel in the swamplands of the Florida Everglades. Opening up vast grasslands of Florida’s wetlands to hunt frog and for airboat tour Everglades City, FL.

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Capt Barrel Head House of Everglades city cira 1942


Captain Mitch, as the airboat tour owner, has been involved at Private Airboat Tours Everglades City, FL in the tourist industry for more than 30 years here in Everglades City Florida. As a charter guide and fisherman most of those were in tourism with the airboat rides business at Capt Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tour.

Know that your time at Captain Mitch’s will be one of the greatest memories of the Florida Everglades ecosystem and swamplands, whether you are visiting or a year-round resident. We’ll see you soon!

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