Welcome to the Biography of Captain Rick Thrift

An Amazing Landscape

I'll bet most of you have never experienced the thrill of an airboat ride. Approximately a 30 minute drive from the Atlantic Ocean flows the St. Johns River. Believe me, there's a whole other world out there to be seen, and that's where I come in!

Climb Aboard

I'm Captain Rick Thrift, owner of GRASSHOPPER AIRBOAT ECO-TOURS in Brevard County, Florida. It would be my pleasure to show you the world of the alligator, river otter, marsh rabbit, turtle, coot, moorhen, and the hawk.

These are just a few of the residents of the St. Johns River marsh. Not only is it a bird lover's paradise, it is a plant lover's paradise as well.

From the native cypress trees to the water lillies and the pickerelweed, one need not be a botanist to appreciate the marsh's extraordinary plant life. However, an airboat is the best mode of transportation to get around—and over—the thick aquatic vegetation.

Rick, Marine Tour in Cocoa, FL

See, Hear, and Feel Nature

"Grasshopper" is the name of my airboat. She's custom built for safety and comfort, and will provide passengers with an up close and personal look at the plants and creatures that call St. Johns their home. We'll effortlessly glide across the grassy marsh in search of gators. We'll stop along the way so you can take that once-in-a-lifetime photograph of a bald eagle in flight, or marvel at the cries of red-shouldered hawks or the squawk of a great blue heron.

Make Your Reservation Today

It's "hold on to your hat folks" as we blast through the reeds at over forty miles per hour! I guarantee you an experience you'll never forget. Whether you live locally or vacationing, give me a call. Information is free and reservations are required. I hope to see you on the river soon!

Contact us today at (877) 794-4991 to make your reservation or to learn more about the
airboat adventures available with GRASSHOPPER AIRBOAT ECO-TOURS in Cocoa, Florida.