Exploring South Florida’s Everglades – A Family Favorite Destination

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Sightseeing in South Florida is easily a favorite past time of anyone who visits – and for good reason. The Sunshine State is filled with amazing coastline, exotic wildlife and exciting things to do and see. But if exploring South Florida is on your bucket list, then a trip to the Everglades is in order. What is there to do and see in America’s wetland? From tropical bird watching and unique vegetation to spying on the American alligator, here’s a quick look at some of the amazing sights and sounds you can expect when exploring South Florida’s Everglades.

America’s Wetland – The Pristine Florida Everglades

Welcome to the gem of South Florida – the Florida Everglades. As the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States, the ‘glades is home to countless species of animals and unique vegetation. Sawgrass marshes, mangrove forests and hardwood hamocks accompany scores of rare and exotic wildlife – many of them endangered. Winter, spring, summer or fall, America’s wetland is easily the most exciting natural attraction in the Sunshine State.

A Bird Lovers Paradise

If birding is your thing, then the two million acre wetland that is the Florida Everglades is exactly where you need to be. With a unique collection of some of the most unusual birds in the world, exploring the Everglades is a once in a lifetime experience. The area is home to an astonishing number of bird species – over 350 to be exact. Whether you enjoy the vibrant colors of the Roseate Spoonbill or Purple Gallinule or the majesty of the Great Blue Heron or Bald Eagle, the wetlands are filled with camera-ready opportunities.

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Bird watching in the Everglades is a revered activity, and just one of the many pleasures of journeying through the area. Everglades National Park delights visitors from all over the world interested in capturing exotic birds on film. Anhinga Trail offers year round wading birds with nesting Anhingas during the winter season; The 10,000 islands attract bald eagles, pelicans and a variety of shore birds and Nine Mile Pond hosts scores of Roseate Spoonbill, Snail Kite and equally exciting wading birds.

Gator Watching Anyone?

Probably the most popular animal known to frequent the Everglades is the American alligator. True celebrities of the Sunshine State, alligators in South Florida are a common sight, and locals have learned to coexist with this amazing animal. Outdoor adventurers, nature enthusiasts and anyone interested in getting a closer look at the state’s most popular resident is encouraged to visit he Everglades. In fact, with over 200,000 gators in the ‘glades alone, it’s next to impossible to visit without seeing at least a couple of these modern day dinosaurs.

In the mid 1960’s alligators were classified as endangered in Florida – the result of hunting and loss of habitat. Luckily, modern revitalization efforts have been successful and the classification has been lifted. Today, alligators are no longer considered an endangered species, but listed as “threatened”. The effort to educate and inform the public about gators and their contribution to the wetlands is ongoing. Nevertheless, despite being feared by many, alligators enjoy a status level only slightly lower than the humans who occupy the state.

Zip Across the River of Grass By Airboat

How do visitors explore the Everglades? With shallow, murky waters on all sides, the best way to travel the area is by airboat. While it’s not difficult to find an everglades airboat tour provider, there are tremendous differences between companies. What should you look for when attempting to schedule an airboat tour through the Everglades? A professional crew is a must – the more experienced the team, the better your tour will be. Next, look for state-of-the-art vessels for the most enjoyable ride. Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale is a family favorite, named a USA Today “Top attraction” several years in a row. And with the most experienced captains in the ‘glades, the park over delivers on the fun.

What does an airboat tour entail? How about a full 60 minutes of adrenalin charged exploration, zipping across the River of Grass at lightning speeds? Captain and crew at Everglades Holiday Park are experienced navigators, meaning a tour through the Everglades is filled with interesting information, unique insight and entertaining stories about the Everglades and the animals who call it home.

The Gator Boys Alligator Rescue

Another fantastic feature of visiting the Florida Everglades is the chance to meet the one and only Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team. A talented crew of alligator and wildlife handlers, the crew is best known for their appearance on the Animal Planet series, The Gator Boys. With a passion for gators and years of experience behind them, the guys and gals work tirelessly to rescue “nuisance” alligators from in and around South Florida.

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Once captured, the rogue gators are brought to a safe haven where they live out the remainder of their lives happy, secure and well fed. Everglades Holiday Park is the home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, and many of the animals from the reality show can be seen here. Visitors to the park who choose to take the airboat tour are also invited to sit in on a live presentation in the world famous “Gator Pit” performed by the Gator Boys themselves.

The Florida Everglades is truly spectacular. With unprecedented natural beauty, exciting wildlife and more, a visit to America’s wetland is awe inspiring, filled with excitement, and exactly the type of activity that makes a day trip through the Sunshine State so memorable.

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Exciting Things to Do In the Florida Everglades

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Visitors come from all over the world to visit the Florida Everglades – North America’s largest subtropical wetland. But if you haven’t explored the wetlands in person and you’re considering a trip to the Sunshine State, you may be wondering what there is to do and see in the Everglades. Luckily, long time residents and first time visitors to the ‘glades never tire of amazing adventure, and folks of all ages delight in experiencing the sights and sounds of Florida’s most exciting natural attraction. Ready to learn more? Here are five of the most enjoyable activities – exciting things to do in the Florida Everglades.

Fishing

Whether you’re an expert angler or just looking to enjoy a few hours of fun in the sun, fishing the Florida Everglades has you covered. For both recreational fishing and serious champions, the Everglades is perfect, well known as a world-class destination. And with over 300 different species of fish, the shallow waters are home to countless numbers of bass, bluegill, perch, sailfin, bullhead, gar (the largest freshwater fish in North America) and more. Licensing is strictly enforced, yet easily obtained. And if you don’t have gear, Everglades fishing boat rentals are always available. In fact, some of the best fishing in the Everglades takes place on guided tours. Plan to journey deep into remote sections, and don’t forget the camera!

Guided Airboat Tours

For the adventure seeker who prefers to watch rather than go hands-on, an airboat tour through the River of Grass is always an exciting activity. Sit back, relax and let the sights and sounds of America’s wetland take you away. With a skilled captain to navigate, you don’t need to do anything except enjoy the spectacle. A family friendly adventure suitable for all ages, touring the Everglades by airboat puts you front and center with some of the most amazing wildlife in South Florida. What can you expect to see on a guided airboat tour? How about alligators, colorful wading birds, tropical snakes, lizards, and all kinds of awesome and curious creatures. Add to that the panoramic view of unique flora like cypress trees and sawgrass, and a trip through the Everglades by airboat is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the “other” side of the Sunshine State.

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Hiking

If outdoor adventuring means getting on your gear and backpacking through the wilderness, then the Everglades is the place to be! It’s hard to imagine the bustling city with scores of restaurants and traffic could be so close to one of America’s most peaceful and pristine natural attractions. Everglades National Park hiking trails offer visitors everything they’ll ever need to enjoy the state’s gorgeous grounds, including wheelchair accessible boardwalks and paved trails. With tree islands and pine rocklands, the landscape is stunning, and a hike through the ecosystem is easily one of the most enjoyable things to do in the Everglades.

Hiking and nature trails through the ‘glades are short and easy or rugged and complex – you decide. Anhinga Trail is a popular choice for newcomers featuring a short walkway and plenty of visible alligators. If bird watching is more your thing, the Bobcat Boardwalk offers 0.3 of a mile boardwalk glimpse into scores of migratory and nesting birds. Up for more of a challenge? The Coastal Prairie Trail offers a healthy does of Everglades wilderness.

Wildlife Viewing

A trip to the Florida Everglades simply wouldn’t be complete without witnessing a few alligators! One of the biggest attractions to the area is the wildlife, including of course, the American alligator. The Everglades is home to over 200,000 alligators – making it tough not to spot one or two along the way. The most convenient way to view wildlife is on a guided airboat tour. Tours through the Everglades offer families with children or seniors the chance to see the sights from the comfort and safety of a state-of-the-art vessel. At Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, airboats are available partially covered or uncovered, for protection from the elements. Plus, with hour-long tours, the park offers the longest airboat ride in the area.

Live Alligator Shows

Who can come near the Florida Everglades and not catch a live alligator show? Shows are exciting and packed with interesting information about the Everglades and it’s inhabitants. Kids always enjoy live gator shows for the excitement and daring tricks, but even mom and dad have fun, making this one activity everyone looks forward to. Where to go to see the best shows in the state? The Gator Boys Alligator Rescue of course! The same crew you’ve seen on Animal Planet’s hit show The Gator Boys is on site at Everglades Holiday Park to thrill crowds with an action packed, adrenalin-charged live presentation. Gator shows are included with the price of an airboat tour.

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Ready to start your adventure through the Florida Everglades? Whether you come solo or with the kids in tow, an afternoon of fun exploring America’s wetland is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and theirs!

For more information on how you can book an exciting airboat tour or make plans to visit with the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, please visit www.evergladesholidaypark.com

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Visit the Florida Everglades – It's Not Your Average Vacation

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Are you and your family looking for a vacation that's a little out of the ordinary? If planting yourself on a beach with your toes in the sand and a little umbrella drink in your hand doesn't quite do it for you in terms of a worthwhile vacation, perhaps you should visit the Everglades.

Where is It? What is It?

The Everglades National Park is one of America's favorite parks, and is the third largest national park in the lower 48 states. Located in South Florida, many families frequent the park year round, and it's, more often than not, a unique and exciting outdoor experience for people of all ages. The park consists of wetlands and forests, with a river flowing through it out of Lake Okeechobee to the Florida Bay. It contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western part of the world, and has hundreds of species of birds, fish, mammals and reptiles, and has several dozen endangered species as well.

What is There to Do?

There is quite simply something for everyone at the Everglades. Whether you go with a group of friends, as a couple, or with the kids in tow, you'll find that everyone with you will enjoy their time. Families frequently enjoy hiking the park, going on scenic tram or boat tours, camping, fishing, bird watching, and “critter” spotting.

It's a Sportsman's Dream

As we alluded to previously, the Everglades is full of outdoor activities for anyone and everyone who wants to stay active and loves the concept of sport for vacation. Fishing is second to none in the Everglades, and those who enjoy it will have the option of choosing between the best in freshwater or saltwater fishing. Hiking and boating through the swamplands and forests will provide all the exercise you could hope for as you take in the gorgeous scenery and vast number of wildlife surrounding you. If you consider yourself an amateur sportsman, whether it be fishing, hiking, camping or anything else, know that there are guides to direct you all over the park and waters. Local fishing guides and charters will take you to the best fishing holes, taking all of the work in terms of equipment and navigation out of your hands in favor of a rod, reel and a successful experience reeling one in.

Wildlife Abound

On your average vacation, you may not expect to come into contact with any sort of wild life. For nature and animal lovers, this can be a real let down. In the Everglades, you're guaranteed to lay eyes on a number of creatures... from gators and crocodiles, to snakes and various rare insects, visitors will be blown away at just how “wild” their adventure at the Everglades can be.

Spectating is a Sport as Well

Maybe you don't love fishing or hiking, and maybe camping isn't your thing. Maybe you'd prefer to traverse the wet lands and wooded areas in the Everglades in search of beautiful scenery. We guarantee you'll have no shortage of breathtaking views when it comes to vacationing in the Everglades. What's more? The variety of landscapes you'll take in. Imagine starting your day with an airboat ride through a hazy, fog covered swamp – the dark silhouette of low hanging branches lines the swamp and interrupts the haze of fog, drawing your eye up to the sky that's growing a shade of blue brighter by the minute. Your day progresses to include some gator watching... you find a river and watch from a distance as a family of gators sunbathes on logs and off the shore. After dinner you venture to the coast to behold one of the most breathtaking sunsets you've ever seen on salt water. Those three different scenes sound like three different trips, right? But it can all be found in one spectacular trip to the Everglades.

So, if you're wanting to think outside of the box for your next vacation, to really dive into a nature filled experience that you'll never forget, consider coming to the Everglades. We'd love to have you and be your guide.

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