About Us

Capt. Bruce Minton

Owner/Operator
U.S.C.G. Licensed and Insured
Bruce Minton, a 3rd generation Everglades City guide, is the owner and operator of "The Original" Everglades City Airboat Tours. It was his family that owned the 1st Everglades City Airboat Tours company in Everglades City, Florida, that was headed up by Captain Doug. Captain Bruce, Captain Doug’s son-in-law, worked with the family business for 20 years until Doug sold the property and retired in 2007. Once that door closed, Bruce decided that the local Everglades Airboat tour companies were becoming too “commercialized”, so he felt it was time to start a new Everglades Airboat Tour that was more like the original days – more “personalized”.

Capt. Josh Minton

Captain/Guide
U.S.C.G. Licensed and Insured
Captain Josh is a 4th generation guide whom started in to the industry 1995. Basically born into the industry, training and working for his grandfather Captain Doug and his dad, Capt. Bruce. Capt. Josh loves to share his lifetime of knowledge about the Mangrove Jungles and Shallow water bays of the Everglades.

Capt. Bobby Johnson

Captain/Guide
U.S.C.G. Licensed and Insured
Captain Bobby Johnson is a 1st generation guide. He got his start in the airboat industry as a young man on his personal airboat. Captain Bobby first came to work for us back when we all worked together at Captain Doug's in the good old days. He has always enjoyed the thrill of the airboats and the vast Florida Everglades, and wanted to share it with other people. He took this passion and began giving tours in the late 90's. Captain Bobby is a Florida (southern) gentleman that never meets a stranger.

Capt. Steven Lenz

Captain/Guide
U.S.C.G. Licensed and Insured
Captain Steven Lenz is a 1st generation tour guide. He has worked for Everglades City Airboat Tours for 6 years. He has learned the Everglades and wildlife like the back of his hand. Steven loves to interact and share this knowledge with his passengers. He gives them a 100% each time he leaves the dock.

Capt. Allen Chamberlain

Captain/Guide
U.S.C.G. Licensed and Insured
Captain Allen Chamberlain first came to work with us back in the good old days (2000) at Captain Doug's Airboat Tours. Captain Allen is very knowledgeable of the Florida Everglades and loves sharing his knowledge with you in a entertaining way. He loves to tell big tales and you will believe him.

Capt. Gary Smith

Captain/Guide
U.S.C.G. Licensed and Insured
Captain Gary Smith first came to work with us back in the good old days (1997) at Captain Doug's Airboat Tours. He is well skilled and knowledgeable about the Everglades. Gary has gotten older but he still enjoys his interaction with the customers.

Capt. Blake Harrison

Captain/Guide
U.S.C.G. Licensed and Insured
Captain Blake Harrison is a 1st generation airboat captain. He has been on the water since he was knee high to a grass hopper. Blake knew at an early age he wanted to work on the water. He has a deep knowledge of the Everglades and enjoys sharing it with you and your family. You will see this for yourself when you tour with him.

Capt. Gary Weeks

Captain/Guide
U.S.C.G. Licensed and Insured
Captain Gary started running airboat tours in 2005 for Captain Doug. His family roots go back to the early 1800's in the everglades region. He his very knowledgeable  in the history and culture of the everglades. He always look forward to sharing his knowledge with you. 

A.J. Minton

(Future) Captain/Guide
A.J. is the newest addition to Everglades City Airboat Tours! AJ. will be the 6th generation airboat captain. A.J. is taking reservations for the summer of 2030…

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The Head Captain in Charge Leah Minton has learned the art of selling Everglades Airboat Tour tickets. She was just a little girl when she first started selling tickets for her Grandfather "Captain Doug". She has developed the skills that it takes to run the office and make sure that our customers are well taken care of. It always take a woman to keep the captains straight. Don't forget to check out the gift shop. Leah tries to keep a little something in stock for all ages!

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