The originals since ‘82

Captain Doug House started it all with “Captain Doug’s Airboat Tours” along with his son-in-law, Captain Bruce Minton. We have remained the smallest operation on the Barron River by choice and while we’re licensed for 24 airboats, we keep a fleet of just five. Why? Because we believe the best experience is a personal one—and staying small lets us get to know our guests like you better.

Our pioneering captains worked together for over 25 years until Captain Doug retired in 2007. The family continues to run the business and we’ve got exciting plans for the future!

Everglades City Airboat Tours family group shot

Meet our captains and crew

Every guide at Everglades City Airboat Tours is a USCG-licensed captain, certified by the State of Florida and properly insured. Some have been on the water since childhood and know the Everglades like their own backyard.

Our courageous captains are trained in the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission airboat safety course and help local first responders when called upon.

Capt. Bruce Minton

Owner, operator and third-generation guide. Worked alongside Captain Doug, his father-in-law, at the first airboat tour operation in Everglades City.


Capt. Josh Minton

Fourth-generation guide. Son of Captain Bruce. Grandson of Captain Doug. Highly skilled with extensive knowledge of local wildlife, the mangroves and shallow water bays.


Capt. Steven Lenz

Son-in-law of Captain Bruce. Joined us in 2013. Enjoys interacting with passengers and gives 150% every time he leaves the dock.


Capt. Allen Chamberlain

A seasoned veteran of the mangrove jungle going back to 2000 with Captain Doug. As entertaining a storyteller as he is a skilled guide.


Capt. Blake Harrison

Grew up on the water. Loves to share everything he knows about the Everglades with his passengers.


Capt. Gary Weeks

Has family roots in the Everglades dating back to the 1800s. An expert in the history and culture of this wild region of Florida.


Leah lenz

Granddaughter of Captain Doug. Started selling tours as a young girl. Today regarded as our “captain of captains.” Manages the business office and gift shop.


Austin Lenz

Great grandson of Captain Doug. An EMT currently pursuing paramedic studies. Plans to get his captain’s license after graduation.


Landon Lenz

Great grandson of Captain Doug. Helps out when not in school. Plans to be a licensed captain in 2027.

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aiden Minton

Future fifth-generation guide. Great grandson of Captain Doug. Taking reservations for 2030. Already helping out when not in school.

United States Coast Guard seal and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Safety is our top priority

All of the guides at Everglades City Airboat Tours are USCG-licensed captains, certified by the state of Florida and insured.

  • Extensive experience, operating year-round since 1982
  • First and only local airboat tour company state-certified for the Airboat Safety Training Course
  • Selected to train in the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission airboat safety course
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