Jonathan's Day - A Day of Acceptance and Adventure!

Jonathan's Day

Jonathan's Day

Jonathan’s Day FAQS:

What day, time, and where is the Event?

October 11, 2015 9AM-5PM Everglades Holiday Park. Open ceremony starts at 10:00AM.

What is the Event about?

It's a day of Acceptance and Adventure for children with Autism and their families. Proceeds from the Event go directly to UM CARD - Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

Will there be special accommodations for special needs children?

Yes, Everglades Holiday Park in partnership with UM CARD will have chill zones and additional services for everyone to enjoy their day. Please call the Park with specific questions 954-434-8111

What will be available?

There will be complimentary activities & entertainment, Bounce House, Face painting and much more. The Park will have airboat rides and the World Famous Gator Boys Gator Shows...for tickets, go to www.evergladesholidaypark.com/order/

Will there be any special guests?

CBS4's Rick Folbaum with attending from 10AM - 2PM along with Broward County Commissioner Marty Kiar and State Senator Nan Rich. UM CARD will also be in attendance to offer and provide information about their services. Kiss Country FM will also be there providing music and entertainment for the day.

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“Jonathan’s Day” will take place Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Everglades Holiday Park. The event is named after Jonathan Mizrachi, a charming 11-year-old South Florida boy with autism, who is the son of a CBS4 employee. Jonathan loves adventure and like any other boy his age, his no fear attitude has made him an exceptional child.

That’s why CBS4 is partnering with Everglades Holiday Park and the University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) for this truly exceptional event — a day of Acceptance and Adventure.

The event is also a fundraiser for CARD, a non-profit organization providing direct services to thousands of South Florida families affected by autism.

The Florida Everglades is the perfect place for any adventure lover, like Jonathan, where you can speed through Florida’s most exciting natural attraction on an airboat, and journey deep into gator-territory and meet a few gators along the way.

An airboat ride at Everglades Holiday Park is an incredible way to relieve stress, enjoy fresh air and let go in a pristine, natural environment and when the ride is over, enjoy a live gator presentation in their world famous “Gator Pit” presented by the Gator Boys from Animal Planet’s reality show.

For park information, call 954-434-8111

All tickets include an exciting airboat tour & educational gator show after your tour.

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Everglades Bird Watching – Have You Seen the Best?

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Wildlife viewing in the Everglades is nothing new. Nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers have enjoyed the sights and sounds of South Florida’s most exciting natural attraction for centuries, exploring the shallow waters by airboat, canoe, even by foot. To those who hold a special passion for birding, nothing compares to the two million acre wetland ecosystem, and Everglades bird watching is unparalleled. With over 350 bird species alone, scores of long legged wading birds, Cormorants, Purple Gallinules and more can be enjoyed year round, making a trip through the ‘glades about as spectacular as can be imagined.

A Top 10 Birding Location In the World – The Florida Everglades

The Florida Everglades is easily one of the most coveted destinations for viewing all kinds of amazing wildlife from alligators to snakes, turtles and more. But it’s also recognized worldwide as a top ten birding locale, as shallow, murky areas provide ideal resting and feeding spots for all kinds of popular species. Many of the birds who inhabit the ‘glades are classified as endangered, including the Snail Kite, Wood Stork and Cape Sable seaside sparrow.

Of course, Everglades bird watching wouldn’t be complete without viewing a few long legged wading birds, beloved inhabitants of the glades, despite massive reduction in the number of breeding pairs. The largest of all wading birds found in the Everglades is the Great Blue Heron. With a six-foot wingspan, this iconic species stands four feet tall, and is often seen stalking fish and insects by wading in the shallow water. Another efficient hunter, the Great White Egret is the second largest wading bird found in the Everglades, often seen flying slowly and purposely through the sky. Standing at just over four feet, The Great White Egret has a wingspan that reaches fifty inches in length. A symbol of the National Audubon Society, the Great Egret joins other iconic birds like the Snowy Egret, Small Blue Heron and Roseate Spoonbill, distinguished by its spoon-like bill and pink plumage.

The Anhinga – sometimes called “snakebird”, just might startle you if you’re lucky enough to catch one hunting for food. With long, sleek black necks poking out of the water, the Anhinga is often misidentified as a snake. Birds of prey like the Osprey and Bald Eagle are also exciting to see in person, particularly when diving toward the water to snatch a favorite food. With so many different species, it helps to have an Everglades bird species list to get you started. Here’s one adapted from the National Park Service.

Everglades Bird Watching and Wildlife Adventuring – Guided Airboat Tours

If you’re visiting the Sunshine State and wondering how to partake in Everglades bird watching, nothing is as simple and fun as taking a guided airboat tour. With skilled captains to navigate, an hour-long tour through America’s wetland is the easiest way to meet and greet with all kinds of amazing sights. A fun filled, family friendly adventure, Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale offers covered or uncovered airboat rides, ideal for taking in the sights without getting too much direct sun. Incredible Everglades bird watching is just the beginning, as each airboat ride at the park is followed by an entertaining and educational live alligator presentation starring the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team. Ready to learn more? Visit Everglades Holiday Park today to schedule your perfect Everglades birding and airboat adventure!

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Three Things You’ll Learn While Airboating In the Everglades

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Whether you’re a native Floridian or a tourist looking for a memorable adventure, one of the most exciting things to do in the Sunshine State is to go airboating in the Everglades. An invigorating airboat ride gives you front row seats to a fantastic wetland filled with all kinds of impressive sights and sounds. For animal lovers, wildlife roam free in a pristine untouched habitat. For artists and creative types, unusual vegetation and the beauty of the ‘glades is awe-inspiring. Haven’t been? Here are three things you’re sure to learn on an airboat ride at Everglades Holiday Park.

No. 1: Airboating In the Everglades? An Experienced Captain Makes All the Difference

Airboat rides and Everglades tours are available throughout Florida, and it’s easier than ever to make plans to journey through the River of Grass with the family. But not all airboats are created equal, and more importantly, there’s a shortage of experienced – and entertaining captains. Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale is pleased to provide the area’s best airboat captains – skilled navigators who have been airboating in the everglades for decades and know the ecosystem intimately. These guys and gals are entertaining, informative and ready to share exciting and interesting information about the animals, the vegetation and more.

No. 2: A Covered Passenger Compartment Is the Way to Go

No question, Florida is sunny. And that’s why families enjoy visiting the sunshine state. But too much sun can be difficult if you’re airboating in the everglades with little ones in tow and not used to the sun’s rays in full force. We enjoy a day of sunshine as much as anyone, and that’s why we’ve made it easy to have your cake and eat it too! Airboats at Everglades Holiday Park are available with covered (or uncovered) passenger compartments, giving you the added layer of protection you need to get out there and enjoy nature at its finest without letting sunburn or a little rain damper the fun. Of course, the view is spectacular from all of our vessels and the covered compartment in no way blocks the sights or sounds that make an Everglades tour so memorable.

No. 3: Viewing Wildlife In a Natural Habitat Is Inspiring

Lock eyes with a ten-foot alligator slithering by the boat, catch a glimpse of a bald eagle swooping down from above or enjoy the peacefulness of a possum family sunbathing on shore. This is the real Florida – habitat to over 200,000 alligators, 27 different types of snakes and countless tropical birds. These animals are not caged, nor are they putting on a show for their next meal. Journey by airboat into this magical ecosystem and experience what few people see in a lifetime – wildlife going about their business as usual. An airboat tour at Everglades Holiday Park puts you face-to-face with some of the most spectacular images you’ll ever see, and it’s incredibly inspiring. If airboating in the Everglades sounds like an adventure you’re ready to experience, make plans today to visit Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale. The premier destination for family fun in South Florida, there’s only one Everglades and only one way to see it – at Everglades Holiday Park. This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .

Bass Fishing In the Everglades Made Easy at Everglades Holiday Park

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If a visit to South Florida is in your future and fishing is a favorite pastime, a trip to the Florida Everglades is in order. A top fishing locale, the Everglades ecosystem supports Largemouth Bass, Peacock Bass and scores of other native species like Mudfish, Warmouth and Gar. Frequented by seasoned anglers, the Everglades holds the record for the highest number of fish caught per person per hour – and boy do they bite! Whether you’re a professional or this is your first experience fishing, here’s how to have the thrill of a lifetime bass fishing in the Everglades with the help of Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.

Catch a Trophy Bass On a Rented Boat or Take a Guided Fishing Tour

The most convenient way to enjoy bass fishing in the Everglades is to let the professionals at Everglades Holiday Park set you up for success. With everything you need, including the boat, tackle and bait, you’ll be on your way in no time exploring the innermost regions of the area. Fishing boat rentals at the park are available until 5PM and offer an easy, convenient way to access the area. Plus, the park offers a fully stocked bait and tackle store and access to beer, sandwiches and snacks for your trip. Not sure you’re ready to navigate the ‘glades alone? Everglades Holiday Park also provides fully guided fishing tours, the perfect choice when you’re ready to explore, but need a little help. Skilled captains take you out to remote areas where you’ll find the best the Everglades has to offer. With the boat, fishing guide, rod, reel and tackle, you don’t need to bring anything at all for a day of bass fishing fun. We’ll even provide the fishing license!

Get Up Close and Personal With Everglades Wildlife On an Airboat

Bass fishing in the Everglades is a unique adventure for sure, but there’s so much more to experience in this magical wetland. Everglades Holiday Park also offers airboat rides for the whole family – an easy way to access internal areas of the ‘glades for sightseeing and exploration. A tour guide gives you the inside scoop on angling opportunities as well as incredible wildlife. The Everglades is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist and the region is home to countless large wading birds like the Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbill and Egrets, as well as scores of turtles, snakes and more! Airboat rides at Everglades Holiday Park are family friendly and each tour includes a live alligator presentation starring the Gator Boys from Animal Planet. Don’t miss the show! Bass fishing in the Everglades is an invigorating experience. With spectacular scenery, gorgeous weather and plenty of fish, the ‘glades are tough to beat. Fish the region alone or with an expert from Everglades Holiday Park, your solution for family fun, airboat tours and gator shows in Fort Lauderdale. This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .

Have You Considered an Everglades Eco-tour?

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South Florida may not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning an environmental walkabout. But maybe it should. A narrated journey through the Sunshine State’s Everglades is a once in a lifetime adventure, and a powerful reminder of just how spectacular the area truly is. If you haven’t considered an Everglades Eco-tour, here are a few reasons why you should.

Ecotourism In the Florida Everglades Is Unparalleled

Have you heard the word ecotourism tossed about in conservation but weren’t sure exactly what it meant? You’re not alone. Many people confuse appreciating the environment with taking steps to improve or raise awareness about it. The good news is, you can do both, and an Everglades eco-tour is how. Pristine natural environments like the ‘glades provide habitat for unique plant and wildlife and are extraordinary to see in person. With robust educational value, undisturbed ecosystems that are relatively untouched by human intervention offer families, students and outdoor enthusiasts the chance to experience an environmental adventure that’s entertaining and educational.

Foster a Greater Appreciation For America’s Wetland

Most of us remember learning something about wetland conservation in grade school. However, it’s a safe bet that at the time, few of us knew what that meant or how these areas could impact our lives. South Florida’s Everglades is a primary example. A wetland of international significance, the Everglades has a profound impact on millions of Florida residents and restoration efforts have become the topic of much debate in 21st century politics. For those of us living in the Sunshine State, maintaining the health of the Everglades is important for a variety of reasons – beyond the simple fact that the river provides drinking water for millions of residents. With scores of wildlife relying on the area for survival, many of them endangered, the Everglades ecosystem is extraordinarily fragile and taking steps to protect it makes sense.

An Everglades Eco-tour Adventure

The Florida Everglades is renowned for its sights and sounds – a unique and extraordinary environment filled with alligators, exotic tropical birds and some of the most unusual plant life in South Florida. A river with international notoriety, the Everglades draws tens of thousands of tourists each year looking to get a glimpse of one of the nation’s most spectacular natural attractions. When you’re ready to schedule an Everglades eco-tour, be sure to consider Everglades Holiday Park, a family fun destination in Fort Lauderdale offering airboat tours, live alligator presentations and more. This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .