3 Things You May Not Know About The Florida Everglades

everglades tour | everglades holiday parkVisit the sunshine state and you’re likely to hear about an enchanted place called the Florida Everglades. Recognized worldwide for its diversity and grace, the dynamic ecosystem known simply as the “glades” is a fantastic environment filled with plants and animals you’re not likely to find anywhere else. But if you’re a long time resident of Florida, or you visit often, there may be more to the state’s most exciting natural attraction than you realize. Here are three things you may not know about the Florida Everglades.No. 1: Fire Is Necessary for Everglades Health and MaintenanceEvery now and again, Florida residents learn of a terrifying Everglades fire, which often creates panic and fear. But here’s the interesting fact: fire is essential to Everglades health in that it keeps the ecosystem performing as it should. The majority of fires are caused from lightning strikes, and while significant, most are superficial, meaning they cause minimal damage. In fact, during the wet season, fires actually help plants grow by releasing nutrients, enhancing water flow and preventing larger bushes and trees from growing too quickly. During the wet season, fires are rarely destructive and can be extinguished quickly. However, during the dry season, they can be damaging, even catastrophic, burning longer and destroying root systems.No. 2: One In Three Floridians Rely on the Everglades for Their Water Supply Seven million people in Florida actually depend on the Everglades for water. That’s truly remarkable and exactly why conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and their habitats is an important mission. Yet the survival of the Everglades depends on the quality of its water. One trip through the river of grass and it’s clear the wetlands are filled with some pretty amazing plants and animals. Home to a vast array of floating aquatic plants, tree islands, wildlife and more, protecting Florida’s hidden gem is an important goal.No. 3: The Everglades Is Home to 67 Species on the Federal Threatened or Endangered ListReady to visit with the alligators? The most recognized threatened species in the Everglades, the American alligator is the largest of over 50 reptile species found in the area. Like to bird watch? With the largest concentration of wading and migratory birds in North America, the Everglades is brimming with some of the most gorgeous birds to grace the planet. In fact, there are over 350 different identified birds alone! With 67 species on the federal threatened or endangered list, a journey through the Everglades is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some truly amazing sights.There’s more to the Florida Everglades than meets the eye. With iconic imagery, a highly dynamic and diverse ecosystem and more, a day trip through this amazing environment is one activity that should be at the top of the bucket list. When you’re ready to experience the Everglades up close and personal, consider visiting Everglades Holiday Park for exciting hour-long airboat rides, live gator shows and more.  This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .

10 Smart Reasons to Visit Everglades Holiday Park

About Everglades Holiday Park | Everglades Airboat Rides | Alligator Shows

About Everglades Holiday Park | Everglades Airboat Rides | Alligator Shows

A day of fun in the sun at Everglades Holiday Park goes well beyond a fast boat ride and a few alligator sightings. In fact, a few hours in the Everglades is an educational, exciting adventure that mom, dad and the kids will treasure forever. Why should you visit Everglades Holiday Park? Here are ten compelling and smart reasons.1. Meet and Greet with the Gator Boys Everglades Holiday Park is home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, and we're psyched to have someone from the show on site every day to perform live alligator presentations. Snap a picture, shake a hand and watch the stars dazzle you with expertise and humor.2. Enjoy Up Close Animal Encounters Forget about looking through bars at the zoo, a trip to Everglades Holiday Park puts you front and center with all kinds of amazing animals like alligators, turtles, tropical snakes, birds, fish and more.3. Glide Across the River of Grass by Airboat With speeds approaching 60 miles an hour, there’s no shortage of thrills at Everglades Holiday Park. Sit back and enjoy the ride on a comfortable, exciting vessel as you glide through miles and miles of gorgeous wetlands.4. A Fully Stocked Deli and Café Ready to try some gator bites? Enjoy lunch with the family in a gorgeous, safe and energizing environment where the kids can run freely on the grass and mom and dad can relax under the shade of Banyan trees.5. Take In the Best Gator Show In South Florida With the Gator Boys from Animal Planet leading the fun, alligator presentations at the park are non-stop excitement from beginning to end. Daring stunts, fun tricks and plenty of time for photographs makes this one event you don’t want to miss.6. A Photographer’s Paradise Visit Everglades Holiday Park and you can’t help but take in the gorgeous scenery with a smile. Long legged wading birds roam the docks, gorgeous Cyprus trees line the shoreline and the river of grass? It’s simply stunning.7. Extraordinary Bass Fishing Whether you’re new to the sport or an old pro, fishing the Everglades is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the best. The park offers guided fishing tours, boat rentals and everything you need to roll up your sleeves and catch the big one.8. Something for Fitness Fanatics and Curious Explorers With top of the line bicycles for rent, getting the whole family involved in an exciting day filled with exercise, fresh air and exploration is easier than ever.9. Time for Education The Everglades ecosystem is truly amazing. And as the largest subtropical wetland in the United States, there’s much to learn about the preservation and conservation efforts. Airboat captains and the Gator Boys share all kinds of valuable information about the environment and the animals who live here.10. Easy, Convenient Fun One of Fort Lauderdale’s most exciting natural attractions, a day at Everglades Holiday Park is easy and convenient fun. An unforgettable adventure for the whole family, a few hours can satisfy the need for speed, fulfills wildlife curiosity and create memories to last a lifetime. This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .

How to Boost Your Spirits In 60 Minutes

everglades airboat rides everglades holiday parkLike most people, you probably have your ups and downs. We all do, and finding activities to keep energized and feeling good can sometimes be a challenge. With hectic work schedules, family responsibilities and day-to-day stress, it’s tough to stay upbeat. Luckily, there’s an easy, convenient and super fun way to feed your soul and boost your spirits in 60 minutes. A visit to Everglades Holiday Park is the perfect way to step outside the noise of a busy life to enjoy some South Florida sunshine and wildlife. Easy, convenient fun, here’s what an hour in the Everglades can do for you.

Reclaim Your Wild Side

Climb aboard a state-of-the-art vessel for an airboat tour through the Everglades and get ready to see some of the most amazing creatures to walk the Earth. Florida’s ancestral dinosaur- the American Alligator is majestic and the first of many reptiles you’ll encounter on your tour. Gorgeous in person, watch an alligator glide gracefully through the “river of grass” and it’s nearly impossible not to smile from ear to ear. But keep your eyes peeled because there’s plenty more to see on your 60-minute retreat. How about a few tropical snakes, turtles and lizards to capture your attention? And don’t forget to look up, because if you’re lucky, you might catch an Eagle swooping down to steal a fish from an unsuspecting bird wading in the shallow water near your boat.

Work On Tan Lines, Not Deadlines

Get your sunglasses out and roll up those sleeves because one thing is certain - you’ll get plenty of warm, Florida sunshine. Isn't it time to work on those tan lines? Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as your airboat tops speeds close to 60 miles per hour across the wetlands. That’s energizing for sure, and the perfect way to soak up some of those rays. Worried about sunburn? Don’t be, because Everglades Holiday Park also has covered airboats in its fleet, and that means you can even bring the little ones without worrying about too much Florida heat.

Top Off Your Experience With An Exciting Alligator Show

You’re sure to feel refreshed and revitalized, but don’t discount the gator show after your tour ends. Each ticket at Everglades Holiday Park includes an informative and adrenalin-charged live show performed by the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team. These guys and gals of Animal Planet fame get in the world famous “Gator Pit” for a jaw-dropping display of tricks, stunts and of course a few silly jokes. Get front row seats to an amazing exhibition of alligator versus man, and leave with enormous respect and admiration for these amazing creatures and their handlers. Why let the humdrum of the workweek define who you are when you can get in touch with your wild side at Everglades Holiday Park? With an hour long, narrated tour, a live gator show and more smiles than you can pack in a few hours, it’s never been easier to feed your soul. This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .

Helping Our Friends In Need

EHP-Gator-FaceIf you’ve ever had the chance to visit Everglades Holiday Park, you know first hand how incredibly entertaining the alligators are. Families come from miles around to experience gliding across the River of Grass by airboat and stopping to meet with wildlife in a natural habitat. Unfortunately, the sunshine state’s most popular reptile isn’t doing so well these days. With access to food declining and weight loss rampant, gators are roaming, winding up in swimming pools, lakes and even on doorsteps. The Everglades Restoration project is a good start, but wildlife ecologists and animal lovers are still scratching their head wondering what can be done. Everglades Holiday Park is proud to be home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue- a safe haven for gators found in the area. Here’s how the team is working to help our friends in need.

A Troubled Future

A symbol of the Everglades, the American alligator is a sight that tourists and locals alike expect to see on a visit to the park. But with populations declining, Florida’s most iconic resident is in trouble. How do we know? The health of alligators has always been a direct reflection of the health of the Everglades overall. When they thrive, it’s a good indication that the ecosystem is thriving as well. However, biologists and scientists studying the wetlands have pointed to a problem that affects not only the gators, but all of the animals of the Everglades - a lack of water.Over the years, a variety of drainage projects created canals, levees and pumps to redirect water flow out of the Everglades to prevent flooding on the coast. While these additions have been successful, they’ve also dramatically impacted the natural flow of water and fish, which gators and other Everglades wildlife rely on. Changing the natural patterns of the water has made it more difficult for alligators to find food, prompting many of them to stray in search of a good meal.

Gator Boys Alligator Rescue: Raising Awareness

Currently, Florida law prohibits the Gator Boys from releasing rescued gators longer than 4 ft. into the wild. That’s where reserves like the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue at Everglades Holiday Park come in. When the team finds a gator who has wandered into a backyard or swimming pool, they take it back to the park so it can live peacefully among fellow gators. The Gator Boys have enormous respect for the alligators they rescue, and the conservation aspect of what they do is helping to raise awareness about the Everglades and it’s main resident, in a positive, meaningful way.

Everglades Holiday Park Gator Shows: Educational, Informative and Fun

Every airboat ride at Everglades Holiday Park comes with a complementary live gator show performed by the Gator Boys. Presentations are 15-20 minutes of crowd-pleasing fun, but also, a fantastic way to learn about the Everglades alligator. Watch the show and it’s instantly clear how beloved these creatures are. The Gator Pit at the park is a fantastic environment for housing the animals, and with unique names, personalities and quirks, they’re treated as guests. Children of all ages take delight in watching the Gator Boys perform with these majestic animals and all are welcome to a hold a baby gator after the show.This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .

Have You Seen An Osceola Turkey In the Everglades?

Florida Wild TurkeyWhen most of us think turkey, chances are we envision the grocery store or a turkey farm where the selection is plentiful. Interestingly, the reason why we have so many turkeys to choose from is due in part to the Europeans, who were the first to introduce domesticated turkeys from Mexico to folks in the United States. Today, wild turkeys can be found in every state except Alaska, but those who inhabit the Everglades are unique for sure.

Osceola Turkey In Florida

The Wild Turkey in South Florida, also called the Osceola Turkey (from the famous Seminole Indian, Chief Osceola) flocked to the Everglades in search of Cypress swamps and a mild, tropical climate. An exceptional game bird, excessive hunting in the early 20th century caused the Osceola Turkey's numbers to decline, prompting the state to try to restore and reestablish a healthy population. Today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation designate time throughout the fall for folks to hunt. There are an estimated 150,000 Wild Turkeys in the state. Wild Turkeys found in the Everglades don’t resemble domesticated turkeys you might find on grocery store shelves. A more natural life yields a different quality of meat. They’re active for sure - most can run up to 25 miles per hour on land and many can fly even faster.

View Wildlife In a Natural Habitat

If viewing wildlife such as the Wild Turkey, alligators and others is missing from your life, an Everglades tour may be the perfect solution. Everglades flora and fauna are extraordinary, and it’s always a treat to journey through the wetlands on a state-of-the-art vessel. Glide across the River of Grass at top speeds and marvel at images you’ll only see in this amazing environment.

Everglades Holiday Park: Family Fun For All Ages

How do you do it? Airboat rides at Everglades Holiday Park in Ft. Lauderdale last an hour and are narrated by skilled "Gladesmen" who bring you front and center with some of the most unusual and exciting images in the Everglades. Sightsee, snap pictures and enjoy the animals in their natural habitat before returning to the park for a live alligator presentation in the world famous “Gator Pit”. Family-friendly fun, each ride at the park is a unique once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most incredible sights and the state has to offer. This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .