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An Exciting Partnership- Everglades Holiday Park and The Dan Marino Foundation

Airboat rides through the Everglades are always exciting and fun, but now there's one more reason to visit Everglades Holiday Park for a 60-minute adventure. We're pleased to announce that we are partnering with the Dan Marino Foundation to help promote autism awareness and raise funds for children and young adults living with autism and other developmental disabilities. Now through May 31st, 2015, buy a ticket to the park and you can add $1, $5, or $10 to your total in support of this admirable cause!

An Exciting and One-of-a-Kind Experience

Airboat tours through the Everglades are a must-do for families who enjoy exploring new and unique environments. A fantastic experience filled with wildlife encounters and breathtaking scenery, Everglades Holiday Park offers hour-long tours narrated by some of the most knowledgeable captains in South Florida. Come face-to-face with the American alligator and journey deep into lush vegetation spying on tropical birds, snakes and all kinds of incredible animals. The ecosystem is brimming with excitement and the adventure begins the moment you climb aboard one of our state-of-the-art airboats. Glide across a river of grass at speeds reaching 50 miles per hour and get ready for an unforgettable journey. When your tour is over, take in a live gator show featuring the one and only “Gator Boys” from the hit television show on Animal Planet.

Our Chance to Give Back

We've worked hard over the years to earn a reputation for family friendly fun with a twist- an educational experience that's captivating and informative. But we also have strong ties to our local community and enjoy making a difference when we can. Supporting The Dan Marino Foundation and its mission of empowering individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities is exactly the type of opportunity we look forward to and an integral part of who we are. Whether we're honoring veterans and service members on Memorial Day with complementary airboat rides or providing back to school supplies for kids, we do our best to help where we can.

Come Out and Enjoy the Day

A narrated airboat ride and live gator show at Everglades Holiday Park is only the beginning because we're also participating in the 5th Annual Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism & Expo, brought to you by Walgreens. Another exciting affair for the whole family, the walk and expo brings families together to promote autism awareness, foster acceptance and raise funds for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade County schools and the local autism community. Tune in to The Footy & Mike Show (WQAM 560) on Sunday, August 3rd at 9AM to hear more about this exciting partnership and listen to our own Clint Bridges on the “Here's Help” Show (Y100) on August 10th at 6AM.

Come down to Everglades Holiday Park and reserve your tickets today for a one-of-kind airboat ride with a cause. Family fun redefined, airboat rides at the park are jam-packed with adventure, thrills and now, the opportunity to join a reputable organization like The Dan Marino Foundation in its efforts.


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Everglades Holiday Park and the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue- Lending a Helping Hand

Visit Everglades Holiday Park and you're sure to see some pretty amazing sights. Families with small children, couples, even seniors come from all over to meet and greet with South Florida's most exciting reptile- the American alligator. But while gliding across the River of Grass in an airboat is amazing, Everglades gators aren't as healthy as they used to be, and lack of food has caused many to roam in search of dinner. Desperate, hungry gators wind up in swimming pools, lakes, even on doorsteps leaving wildlife biologists and animal lovers alike looking for solutions. Everglades Holiday Park is proud to provide a natural and safe resting spot for Everglades gators. Here's a little bit about how the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue is lending a helping hand to our well deserving friends in need.

A Bleak Future

The American alligator is easily the most recognized symbol of the Everglades and tourists and residents who visit Everglades Holiday Park expect to see them. But gator populations are declining in Florida, and the state's most iconic resident may be in trouble. Healthy alligators mean a healthy Everglades- and a sign that the ecosystem is doing well. Yet when the wetland has a problem, it impacts all Everglades wildlife. Over the years, in efforts to protect the coastline from flooding, a series of projects have ushered water out of the Everglades, impacting the natural flow of fish, making it more difficult for alligators and other wildlife to find food.

Everglades Holiday Park and the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue

The Gator Boys work to rescue as many alligators as they can throughout the Everglades. However, state law prohibits them from releasing animals in excess of 4-ft into the wild. As a result, when the Gator Boys rescue a gator with nowhere to go, they bring it to the park for safekeeping. The Gator Boys have an obvious passion for helping these amazing animals and the conservation aspect of what they do is helping the Ecosystem and it's most popular resident.

Informative Gator Shows: Raising Awareness and Having Fun

Airboat rides at Everglades Holiday Park include a 15-20 minute live gator show featuring the Gator Boys. Shows are amazing in person, not only because they're jam-packed with entertaining stunts and daring tricks, but also because the team educates the crowd. Presentations are family friendly, engaging and an exciting way to learn about the Everglades alligator. The world famous "Gator Pit" is the perfect place to meet and greet with some of Everglades Holiday Park's most personable gators in a safe, fun environment. Families delight in seeing the Gator Boys perform and after the show, everyone gets a chance to hold a baby alligator!
Everglades alligators are as much a part of our beautiful state as the epic coastline and Royal Palms. With the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team on our side, we're sure to see happy, healthy, thriving gators for years to come.

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Lessons From the Everglades: Experience the Magic

Everglades: Experience the Magic

Lessons From the Everglades: Experience the Magic

Renowned authors, photographers and scores of excited visitors enjoy the Florida Everglades each and everyday. With incredible flora, fauna and a peaceful tranquility, the Everglades exceeds expectations. But in the past few decades, the environment has been threatened, and many of the animals who rely on the wetland face challenges. Protecting the Everglades and its inhabitants is a top priority. As one of the last untouched, pristine environments in the country, families delight in sightseeing, airboating and experiencing the Everglades. Here's a glimpse into Florida's hidden gem and how you can enjoy this magical wonderland.

The Health of the Everglades Is a Top Priority

Luckily, efforts to protect the Everglades ecosystem are widespread. But how did this environment become threatened? Over the years, a combination of drainage and development programs jeopardized the natural order of the ecosystem, making it difficult for animals and plant life to thrive. Efforts date back to the early 1900's, but in the mid 1980's in particular, protecting coastal properties in Southern Florida was a major concern. Legislators agreed to construct canal systems to control water flow by helping excess water recede. The legislators' intentions were good and aimed at eliminating floods. However, the long-term effects of the project were negative and the damage wasn't clear until years later.

Today, biologists know very well how many of these original projects damaged both the flora and fauna that depend on the ecosystem for survival. For gators especially, drainage projects decreased available food by forcing fish and other animals to relocate. Drainage and land conservation are primarily responsible for the declining health of the Everglades, along with increased rainfall and a sharp spike in temperatures.

The Gator Boys Alligator Rescue: Entertainment With a Purpose

There is still hope for the Everglades and its most exciting inhabitant, the American Alligator. The Gator Boys Alligator rescue team at Everglades Holiday Park is committed to educating the public on the importance of these incredible creatures and the ecosystem as a whole. Families looking for an adventure can explore the "River of Grass" on an exciting airboat ride followed by a live alligator presentation. The show is entertaining with thrilling tricks, daring stunts and more. But more importantly, the Gator Boys are experts and gator advocates who prioritize rescuing gators in need of help. Many are whom are brought to the park to live comfortably in a special reserve.

Everglades Holiday Park: Family-Fun In Fort Lauderdale

Adventurous families looking for fun enjoy visiting Everglades Holiday Park. With narrated airboat tours, close encounters with wildlife, sightseeing and the best gator shows in town, people of all ages delight in experiencing the Everglades. More than just for entertainment, Florida's hidden treasure is the home of many creatures and needs your help to survive. Everglades Holiday Park and the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team are preserving the land, the animals, and the fauna- one day at a time. Come down to the park and see all the Everglades has to offer for yourself!

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Holiday Events In South Florida

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Holiday Events In South Florida

Planning on visiting Florida this holiday season? If you have your travel itinerary, but you're still undecided about what to do once you arrive, here are a few holiday events in South Florida that are sure to get you psyched. Whether you're a long time resident or just stopping by for a few days, there's never a shortage of exciting things to do in the sunshine state. So what are you waiting for? Everglades Holiday Park has you covered with animal encounters, airboat rides and live gator shows- the perfect idea for big time fun in Fort Lauderdale.

Visit With Unusual Animals

A day trip to the zoo never disappoints, but when you want a little more than spying through a cage or fence, experience up close interaction with unusual wildlife at Everglades Holiday Park. The newest exhibit offered at the park, kids of all ages can visit, touch and pose for a picture with thrilling pythons, baby gators, lemurs and more! Yes, it's safe, and yes, it's fun! Plus, Everglades Holiday Park is conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale, so you can give them the type of adventure they'll remember for years without traveling far. Just imagine the thrill of wrapping a gorgeous python around your neck!

Airboat Rides In the Warm Sunshine Redefine Holiday Events in South Florida

Take an exciting airboat ride through the Everglades with a tropical breeze blowing through your hair. This is one experience that will definitely have you forgetting the snow! Zip across the "River of Grass" at top speeds and you'll understand why the 'glades is one of the best locales for holiday events in South Florida. It's exhilarating, rejuvenating and loads of fun! Airboats at Everglades Holiday Park are covered, so you can relax in comfort without worrying about getting burned in the South Florida sun. Climb aboard, make yourself at home and enjoy 60 minutes of thrilling sights and sounds complements of a skilled captain.

Get Up Close and Personal With the Gator Boys

After an exhilarating airboat ride, get ready for even more thrills as you prepare for South Florida's best live alligator presentation. The show is led by the Gator Boys of Animal planet fame, and with these guys and girls at the helm, there's sure to be some action. Everglades Holiday Park is the one and only home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue - many of the gators from the show are brought right here to the park to relax and live in peace. The team is delighted to talk with the kids about the Everglades most interesting inhabitant. Of course, there are also daring stunts, some laughs and a great deal of fun because we set the bar high! Shows are exciting, but they're also a great way for parents to introduce important concepts like preservation and conservation to little ones.

The best holidays are defined by good times with family and friends. This season, if you're looking for some amazing holiday events in South Florida, be sure to consider a day of thrills at Everglades Holiday Park for unforgettable animal encounters, the best live gator shows and incredible airboat rides through the spectacular Florida Everglades.

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Everglades Conservation and Protection Efforts in Florida

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Everglades Conservation and Protection Efforts in Florida

There are few landmasses in the United States as extraordinary as the Florida Everglades. A unique wetland ecosystem spanning 18,000 square miles, the Everglades is truly spectacular. It's also home to scores of plants and animals, many threatened or endangered. In addition to its natural charm, the Florida Everglades provides millions of South Florida residents with fresh drinking water, and is an incredible resource for the state. Why is the ecosystem protected and is the ongoing Everglades conservation effort improving America's wetland? Here's some information about the Florida Everglades conservation efforts and how they contribute to the lives of many.

The Florida Everglades: Declining Health

Decades ago, the Florida Everglades covered 11 million acres. Throughout the years however, drainage projects and land conservation efforts have had a negative impact, decreasing its size to just over 2 million acres. Today, both artificial and natural threats impact the health of the Everglade. Fire, extreme weather, pollution, land development and coastal flooding projects play roles, making the preservation effort even more important.

The Everglades Conservation Effort Continues

Over the years scientists, biologists and environmentalists began to recognize that many plants and animals rely on the Everglades ecosystem for survival. Therefore, restoring the area became a top priority. In 2000, Congress passed the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the largest ecosystem restoration project in America. Experts anticipate the project could take thirty or more years to complete, but the goal of protecting, improving and restoring the state's largest natural resource is critical. A wide range of supporters, both public and private, advocate for the Florida Everglades conservation and preservation efforts. 

A Family Friendly Attraction - The Florida Everglades

Millions of families visit the Florida Everglades each year. Some come to enjoy the peaceful serenity of the Glades or to experience wildlife in a natural habitat, rather than from behind cages like at the zoo. Others rely on the Florida Everglades to provide them artistic inspiration. For photographers, unique flora and fauna create a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture nature on film. Adventurous families explore the wetlands by airboat as tour guides point out alligators and other amazing sites. With live alligator presentations, face-to-face animal encounters, airboat tours and more, the Florida Everglades is easily one of the most exciting locations in America.

With exciting airboat tours, adrenaline-charged, live gator shows and more, Everglades Holiday Park is the perfect place for adventure, laughter and an unforgettable day of fun in the Florida sun.

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Floridians Speak Out For Everglades Restoration

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Wildlife enthusiasts and native Floridians rejoice! $120 million dollars for Florida Everglades restoration projects may be coming our way according to the President's 2016 budget plan. The proposed plan calls for nearly double the dollar amount of last year's spending to protect America's wetlands. While the administration's budget still needs to pass both houses of Congress, lawmakers and Florida residents are in agreement that the budget is a good start.

The Florida Everglades: A Way of Life for Many

What is it about the Florida Everglades that sparks such advocacy? With incredible imagery, scores of interesting wildlife and unique vegetation, adventurous families, photographers and outdoor enthusiasts come from all over to experience the state's most exciting natural resource in person. Restoring the wetlands and protecting its inhabitants is an important priority for sure, but it's also ensuring a way of life for locals and tourists. Cruising through the "River of Grass" andspying on gators from an airboat are not only exciting activities, but also, once in a lifetime educational opportunities folks treasure. With live gator shows, unparalleled fishing and more, the Florida Everglades is truly spectacular.

Floridians Rise in Support of the Florida Everglades

In November, Floridians showed up to the polls to vote "yes" on Amendment I. The result? Up to a third of the state's excise tax revenue is now assignedto Florida Everglades restoration. The funds are now guaranteed by the state constitution, and that's good news for everyone. Governor Scott also expressed concern for the Everglades, projecting $5 billion in funding over the next 20 years. If the Governor's budget passes, some of these projects will begin this year- up to $150 million worth. It looks as if Floridians have rose to the occasion, and if the money is used responsibly, we may see the Florida Everglades return to its natural state sooner rather than later.

Are you interested in learning how you can experience the magic of the Florida Everglades? Reserve a seat on an invigorating airboat tour, take in a live alligator presentation and more at Everglades Holiday Park. The original home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, Everglades Holiday Park is a family-fun destination located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Everglades Activities for Kids

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Parents understand how a day of fun in the sun can delight children - but without a plan, it's tough to organize something they'll all enjoy. If warm sunshine and laughter is your idea of a good time, then scheduling a few Everglades activities for the kids is always a winning strategy. With incredibly exciting alligator shows, invigorating airboat rides and more, a day of fun at Everglades Holiday Park is sure to be a hit. Here's just a few reasons why the Everglades is brimming with activities for kids.

Meet and Greet Exciting Animals

When it comes to wildlife viewing, not much compares to the pristine, natural environment of the Florida Everglades. Everglades Holiday Park is the place to be for one-on-one interactions with some of the areas most interesting inhabitants. From giant pythons to skunks and baby alligators, kids delight in handling the animals and jump at the chance to snap a few pictures with their favorite critters. A meet and greet with Everglades wildlife is the up close and personal Everglades activity kids will remember for a lifetime.

Educational Everglades Activities for Kids

The best Everglades experience always involves an airboat. With top speeds reaching 60 miles an hour, zipping across the wetlands is wild fun. With experienced captains to narrate, each hour-long tour is also filled with tons of learning opportunities. Whether you're a thrill seeker or an environmentalist, airboat tours are filled with facts, stories, unique sights and everything you would ever want to see and learn about the Sunshine State's most exciting natural attraction.

Wow Them With a Live Gator Show

Each airboat tour at Everglades Holiday Park is followed by an adrenaline-charged live alligator presentation featuring the guys and gals from Animal Planet's reality show, the Gator Boys. Return to the park after zipping across the River of Grass and experience the American alligator in a whole new way. With daring stunts, inside information about the show and a few silly jokes, the Gator Boys provide nonstop entertainment. A once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team in the world famous "Gator Pit", alligator presentations at Everglades Holiday Park are must when seeking out Everglades activities for kids.

Folks of all ages enjoy South Florida for it's characteristic warm sunshine and outdoor fun, but if you haven't scheduled a few Everglades activities for the kids, you haven't seen the magical side of the Sunshine State. A few hours of fun at Everglades Holiday Park with face-to-face animal encounters, gator shows and an exciting airboat tour and you will have created one family adventure they'll want to do again and again.

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Everglades Family Adventure | Everglades Holiday Park

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When it's time to organize the best Everglades family adventure, South Florida has it all. Whether you enjoy thrills, a peaceful retreat or simply look forward to seeing a few animals, outdoor fun in the warm sunshine is tough to beat. Florida is the place to be for incredible theme parks, but it's also home to some of the most amazing natural entertainment in the world. With exciting wildlife encounters, alligator shows and exhilarating airboat rides, the Fort Lauderdale's Everglades Holiday Park is jam packed with fun and easily the best Everglades family adventure trip.

Fun For all Ages

Whether you're five or fifty, the Florida Everglades has something for everyone. A family-friendly adventure for the whole gang, there's more to see and do in one day in the 'Glades than a whole week at a theme park. Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale offers on site animal encounters with all kinds of interesting critters, perfect for snapping pictures and educating the kids on some of the area's best wildlife. With the Gator Boys from Animal Planet's hit reality show leading live alligator presentations, they kids will be smiling for weeks. The crew is always available to sign autographs and answer questions and kids delight in visiting with Florida's most exciting inhabitant - the American alligator.

The Best Everglades Family Adventure

The best Everglades family adventure begins with an hour-long airboat ride through the 'Glades guided by an experienced captain who stops at strategic locations for guests to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. Imagine capturing a blue heron snatching a fish for lunch or a giant turtle sunbathing on film. Of course, there's no shortage of alligators, and it's not uncommon for a 10-foot gator to slip by the boat. Forget about honking horns and traffic, a day trip to the Everglades puts you front and center in one of the most incredible environments on Earth. Out here, no one is worried about deadlines or email. The best place to bring the family together for safe, genuine fun, the Everglades is Florida's most exciting natural attraction and it never disappoints.

Narrated Tours

When your idea of the best Everglades family adventure involves learning, Everglades Holiday Park is the solution. Dads enjoy an adrenaline-charged airboat ride and moms appreciate knowing the kids are actually learning something meaningful at the same time. Narrated tours make learning about the ecosystem fun, and captains enjoy sharing stories about the rich history of the ecosystem and the animals who rely on it for survival. Sit back and relax as a skilled tour guide introduces you to the magic of the Everglades, from exciting animals to unique vegetation and more. Gorgeous birds, unusual reptiles and countless exciting sights make an hour-long tour unforgettable fun.

Is a family vacation in your future? South Florida never disappoints, and the best Everglades family adventure awaits on an exciting and educational day trip to Everglades Holiday Park.

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The Best Animal Attractions In South Florida

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Visit South Florida and you'll see there's no shortage of excitement. Beaches, shopping, dining and more make it easier than ever to find family friendly entertainment - but when you have your heart set on experiencing thrilling animal attractions in South Florida, there's nothing quite like Everglades Holiday Park. A fantastic locale for the entire family, the park is loaded with all kinds of opportunities for outdoor fun. Home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, the park is the place to be for amazing alligator shows, airboat rides through the Everglades,  or a relaxing lunch under the shade of a few banyan trees. For the most fun around, Everglades Holiday Park is the premier destination for animal attractions in South Florida.

The Most Unique Critters Up Close and Personal

Imagine holding a black and white tegu, ring tailed lemur or a red macaw. Everglades Holiday Park is excited to showcase the most unique Everglades wildlife around - up close and personal. The newest feature at the park, Animal Encounters with Gatorgirl Ashley Lawrence, gives guests of all ages the once in a lifetime chance to take photographs, laugh and make memories with some of the coolest critters in the 'Glades. Animal attractions in South Florida have been redefined at Everglades Holiday Park - you never know what you'll see!

Exciting Animal Attractions In South Florida and More

Parents looking to introduce the kids to something meaningful appreciate what Everglades Holiday Park provides. With hour-long, fully narrated airboat rides, kids and parents can learn about the exciting animals as they journey across the River of Grass. Captains are loads of fun and enjoy sharing facts and funny stories about the ecosystem and the wildlife who call it home. Every airboat tour at the park is followed by a complementary live alligator show featuring the Gator Boys from Animal Planet. Watch the kids' faces light up as they watch their favorite stars in person perform dangerous stunts while educating the crowds on the amazing American alligator.

A Family Friendly Adventure

Everglades Holiday Park is easily one of the best animal attractions in South Florida, but it's also a fantastic place to relax with the family. With airboat tours, gator shows, a gift shop and now, Animal Encounters, there's enough to keep them busy for an entire afternoon. Why settle for the beach or the amusement park when the Florida Everglades offers rich entertainment, incredible scenery and more? A magical destination close to home, a day trip to Everglades Holiday Park is one family adventure they'll treasure for years to come.

Families visit the Everglades from all over the world, and for good reason. With many exciting things to do and see, the Everglades is an incredible destination for all ages. Spend a few hours exploring the environment by airboat, check out an incredible live alligator show and meet with Florida's finest with the best animal adventures in South Florida at Everglades Holiday Park.

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South Florida Travel Ideas for the Family

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Vacations are always fun, but when you need something easy and convenient for the entire family, it can be challenging to please everyone. As a Florida resident, you know better than most how the state is brimming with entertaining activities, but how many times can you visit the shoreline? Here's some great news. When you need new South Florida travel ideas for the family, the Everglades may be the solution. One of the most interesting places on Earth, the Everglades offer excitement, education and inspiration. Plus, with easy access in Fort Lauderdale, visiting the state's most exciting natural attraction is easier than ever. Here are a few compelling reasons why the River of Grass is a must do for family travel.

Genuine Fun

Exploring the Everglades by airboat is a once-in-a-lifetime thrill and a chance to come face to face with wildlife in a safe, controlled environment. Captains are intimately familiar with the wetlands and can take the boats deep into the ecosystem for the best animal encounters. Tours are a thrill for sure, and families delight in seeing the animals and vegetation up close and in person. For photographers, the images in the Everglades are awe-inspiring, and it's impossible to take a bad picture. This is genuine fun and exactly the type of adventure you want the kids to remember.

Encounter Wildlife In a Natural Setting

Anyone can visit the zoo, and it's always a thrill to see unusual animals interacting, but the real fun begins when the animals are not caged or confined to a zoo setting. A day trip to the Everglades lets the kids meet new and exciting animals, but without artificial habitats or fences. Climb aboard an incredible airboat and let the wetlands be your guide as you seek out alligators, turtles, long legged wading birds and more. With skilled captains to pilot the vessels, there's no end to the sights you'll see.

Healthy, Outdoor Fun

Everyone enjoys warm, Florida sunshine and you can't go wrong with anything outdoors in South Florida. The Everglades is picture perfect, 365 days a year, and that's always good news for parents looking to get the kids outside. An exciting few hours in the Everglades is the best way to encourage a healthy lifestyle and is the perfect backdrop for outdoor fun. Grab the kids, pack a lunch and head out to the sunshine state's best-kept secret. The Florida Everglades are recognized worldwide, and families come from all over just for exciting airboat tours and to experience the flora and fauna of the wetlands.

Don't agonize over thinking up unique South Florida travel ideas when the Everglades have so much to offer. With family adventure as your goal, take advantage of Florida's most exciting natural attraction by spending a few hours in the wetlands. The best family travel ideas in South Florida aren't complicated - a day of fun in the sun, alligators and smiles is exactly what you need.

Ready to plan your best family South Florida travel ideas? Visit Everglades Holiday Park for 60-minute narrated airboat tours, live alligator presentations and more.

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Family Fun In Florida

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Florida is the place to be for family fun. With gorgeous weather, plenty of shoreline and tons of shopping, there's never a dull moment in the Sunshine State. Aside from the usual day at the beach, adventurous families in the mood for fun delight in taking airboat rides through the Everglades. State-of-the-art vessels zip through shallow waters, stopping only to meet and greet with the animals. Gators, snakes, turtles and tropical wading birds are just a few of the incredible sights you can expect on an Everglades airboat tour. Everglades Holiday Park is the place to be for family fun in Florida - it's the experience of a lifetime.

Unique Boating - Family Fun In Florida For the Whole Family

Airboats are unlike the typical boats South Florida residents see in and around the Intracoastal waterways. With flat bottoms, they can navigate shallow waters effortlessly without disturbing wildlife or vegetation. That's exactly why an airboat ride makes for great family fun in Florida. Airboats are safe, exciting and a one-of-a-kind experience you can't get anywhere else. For parents looking to entertain the kids, airboat tours are ideal because the ride is exciting, but the experience is also educational - and that adds a whole new dynamic to family fun in Florida.

Wildlife Viewing At Its Best - In a Natural Environment

South Florida families can always visit the zoo to see some unusual sights, but why bother when some of the most active animals are right here in the Everglades? An airboat tour puts you front and center with Florida's own ancestral dinosaur, the American alligator, plus scores of other equally impressive wildlife. The biggest advantage of meeting wildlife on an airboat tour comes from experiencing them in their natural habitat. Unlike the zoo where animals are caged, Everglades wildlife are free to do as they please, and that makes the experience that much more interesting. Watch a great egret snatch a fish for a meal, spy on an unsuspecting otter enjoying the sunshine and see animals as they roam free, not inhibited by artificial turf or man made surroundings.

Get Them Used to Boating In a Safe, Controlled Environment

For many Floridians, boating is a way of life, and children from the area grow up surrounded by boats. But for parents without access to a boat, taking the kids out for a day of fun on the water isn't so convenient. Luckily, creative parents looking to expose little ones to boating can plan airboat rides for safe, convenient and affordable fun. Everglades Holiday Park offers 60-minute tours - the perfect length for taking small children for a first boat ride. And with plenty of incredible sights and sounds, exploring the Everglades is an easy way to enjoy family fun in Florida.

If you're ready to learn more about how to plan unforgettable family fun in Florida with an exciting airboat adventure, visit Everglades Holiday Park today!

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Looking for Wild Animals in Florida?

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Florida is a booming state, filled with plenty to do and see. Yet even as the population increases and more people and businesses take root, the state remains a primarily wild place. The Florida Everglades is one of the largest protected wetland habitats in the world and one of the best places to see wild animals in Florida. If you're in from out of town or a resident in search of adventure, the Everglades is a great place to start. Ready to learn more? Here's what you can expect to see and do in the 'Glades.

Airboat Rides Are Always a Thrill

In the Everglades, there's no shortage of water, and aboard an airboat is the best way to journey across this incredible "River of Grass". But don't worry, airboats in Florida are top of the line - safe, fun and extremely comfortable. An airboat tour is an exciting way to see wild animals in Florida, and a great way to take the kids on an unforgettable adventure. What can you expect to see? How about a few American alligators, tropical snakes, turtles, wading birds and more? With incredible animals behind every twist and turn, an Everglades airboat tour is easy, convenient fun.

Best Places to See Wild Animals In Florida - Everglades Holiday Park's Animal Encounters

The wildlife in Florida is extraordinary for sure, and there's nothing more exciting than coming face-to-face with some unusual critters. At Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, Animal Encounters gives kids the up close and personal interaction they crave. Gator girl Ashley Lawrence showcases wild animals in Florida by offering everyone a chance to hold their favorite. Imagine a Russian tortoise, albino boa, even a cockatoo in your hands! These animals rely on the Everglades ecosystem for survival - and they're incredible to see person. Of course, kids of all ages look forward to holding a baby alligator and Everglades Holiday Park is the best places to see wild animals in Florida.

Experience a Live Alligator Presentation

South Florida is known for it's amazing alligators! And it's a good thing, because gators are everywhere. If you think you've seen it all, but haven't had the chance to take in a live alligator presentation at Everglades Holiday Park, you must add it to your bucket list. The Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team delights crowds at the park with some of the most memorable sights in the state. The team is highly skilled - expert gator handlers with a passion for all things gator. Rescued gators are brought back to the park where they live happily in the world famous "Gator Pit".

Whether you're six or 65 years old, it's always exciting to meet a few extraordinary wild animals in Florida. With alligators, tropical birds, turtles and more, an adventure at Everglades Holiday Park is action packed from start to finish. Easily the best place to see wild animals in Florida, the park offers airboat rides, live gator shows and the best interactive experience with the critters of the Florida Everglades.

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Need an Easy Family Get Away In Florida?

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A demanding work life and family responsibilities make for a pretty hectic schedule. But when you've had enough of the daily grind and need an easy family getaway in Florida, the Everglades may be the solution. With wild animals, tropical vegetation and more, a day trip to the 'Glades is relaxing, exciting and an affordable way to spend a few hours. Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale is the place to be for airboat tours, animal encounters and live gator shows. A family friendly destination that's fun for all, the park is the family get away in Florida you crave. Here's some information to get you started.

Nature Calls

Forget about cell phones, computers and television, the Florida Everglades is the rare break that many of us need to escape the noise of a busy life. A spectacular destination and exciting family get away in Florida, the Everglades is a pristine natural environment they'll delight in visiting. A guided airboat tour is the best way to enjoy what the wetlands has to offer - long legged wading birds, tropical snakes, and all kinds of curious reptiles. An airboat tour puts you face to face with some of the most unusual sights, and the ecosystem is pristine.

Everglades Airboat Tours - A Treasured Family Get Away In Florida

The best part about an airboat tour through the Everglades is that you don't need any experience boating to enjoy the ride. Airboats are captained by skilled navigators who know every nook and cranny of the wetlands for front row seat to the sights and sounds. At Everglades Holiday Park, tours are 60 minutes long! Grab your camera and your shades, because this is one adventure to treasure forever. Ready to snap some pictures of a blue heron or roseate spoonbill for the scrapbook? Everglades Holiday Park is the place to be!

Best Alligator Show In South Florida

When your airboat tour finishes, you'll be escorted back to the park where you'll take in a live alligator presentation performed by the one and only Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team. The team is best known for their exploits on "The Gator Boys", a hit reality show on Animal Planet filmed on location at EHP in South Florida. With amazing tricks, incredible stunts and some educational insight, the guys and girls put on the best alligator show in South Florida. It's family friendly of course, and after the show, everyone gets the chance to pose for a picture holding a baby alligator. This is one family get away in Florida that's tough to beat!

Why let the weekend come and go without exploring a unique, action packed family get away in Florida like the Everglades? Everglades Holiday Park offers good times, laughter and memories - and that's true whether you're 6 or 65. Relax on an airboat tour, enjoy a live alligator show and come face-to-face with extraordinary wildlife. For more information on how you can reserve your family get away in Florida, please visit www.evergladesholidaypark.com.

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The Perfect Holiday Weekend In South Florida

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Long holiday weekends are the best. When the kids have a break from school for a few days and you want to entertain them with an adventure that's educational and close to home, Fort Lauderdale delivers. With fantastic weather, tons of sunshine and outdoor adventures around every corner, it's never a challenge to make plans for the perfect holiday weekend in South Florida. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Let the Everglades Make You An Award Winning Photographer

As Floridians, we never tire of living close to one of the most exciting natural attractions in the world. The Florida Everglades is known worldwide for its collection of extraordinary sights. In fact, with unique flora and fauna you can't see anywhere else, the 'Glades is the perfect photo op waiting to happen. Over 750 animal species (many endangered) make it easy to plan a holiday weekend in South Florida for guests. Capture a few thrilling sights on film and it's easier than ever to become a coveted photographer. The perfect backdrop for fantastic photographs of alligators, long legged wading birds and other amazing wildlife, the Everglades never disappoints.

Thrill Them With an Exciting Live Alligator Show

If you live in Florida and haven't taken the kids to see a live gator show, a holiday weekend is the perfect time. The Gator Boys from Animal Planet host shows at Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, and it's nonstop fun from start to finish. As the original home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, the park is the place to be for expertise, excitement and the best gator show in South Florida. Many of the gators featured on the reality show are taken to the park and the team delights in educating and entertaining crowds with these incredible animals.

Face-to-Face Wildlife Encounters for a Holiday Weekend In South Florida

Would you like to hold a live alligator? How about wrapping a gigantic boa around your neck? Everglades Holiday Park makes it possible to do both - and that's why it's the perfect holiday weekend experience. Come to the park with family visiting from out of town or take the kids over for some long weekend fun in the sun. Animal Encounters, hosted by Ashley Lawrence of the Gator Boys is an experience they'll never forget. Hold a baby alligator, a Lemur, even a skunk. But not to worry mom, the exhibit is perfectly safe and guests of all ages delight in up close interaction with Everglades wildlife.

A few hours in the Everglades is the perfect family friendly adventure for a holiday weekend in South Florida. With smiles, sunshine and a little education, Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale is the solution for fun.

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The Best Everglades Fishing -- Everglades Holiday Park

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Expert fisherman and those just starting out appreciate the marvelous opportunities South Florida waterways provide. Journeying through the sunshine state for a day of fishing and fun is a memorable experience at any age. However, if you're looking to try your luck somewhere new in search of the "big one", you have to consider the Everglades. With boat rentals, gear rentals and more, Everglades Holiday Park has everything you need for a fun-filled day of Everglades fishing.

Rent a Boat or Choose a Professionally Guided Tour

The Everglades is the perfect destination for fresh water fishing. With acres of shallow water, the wetland environment offers some of the best largemouth bass fishing in the world! If you already have your own boat and gear, perfect! Come on down to the Park and give it a go. But if you don't have what you need, Everglades Holiday Park rents everything from the boat to the rods, even bait to fish with. Florida State fishing licenses, which are required to fish in all park waters, are available to purchase at the park office too. You'll find everything you need for the perfect day on the water right here - no advance planning necessary.

Remember, if you really want to fish like an expert, we have professionally guided tours available to help you navigate the area like a pro. Our experts know the best places for bass fishing in the Everglades and can get you there safely. If you have kids with you, they can also share plenty of information about the park itself, its residents and the importance of wildlife conservation. Who says a lazy fishing trip can't also be an educational experience? When you fish the Everglades, the opportunities are endless.

Only in South Florida

Group fishing trips make an excellent choice for team building exercises and other corporate events. If your guests are coming from out of town, an Everglades bass fishing trip is a unique experience that can only be had in South Florida. Treat them to something they'll remember forever and book an Everglades adventure with our team.

We'll include everything you need, from an experienced guide who knows the best fishing spots to the rods, reels and bait you need to land a great catch. Best of all, our convenient location in Fort Lauderdale makes our park easily accessible from anywhere in the South Florida Metro area, including all three international airports.

A Memorable Day For all Ages

Bring the family to Everglades Holiday Park for a fishing adventure they'll treasure forever. Use our ramp if you have your own boat or come out at first light and rent one of ours. If you choose to rent one of our fishing boats, then you can enjoy amazing Everglades fishing until 5pm in a 14-foot Jon boat equipped with a 9.9 Yamaha engine. A family fun adventure, a day of fishing at Everglades Holiday Park is a creative way to enjoy the wonders of the area with loved ones- peaceful, calm and relaxing. The scenery is fantastic, and you're sure to encounter a few surprises along the way.

The Perfect Spot for an Everglades Adventure

Offering a little something for everyone, Everglades Holiday Park is the perfect spot to spend a day with family or friends. In addition to being home to some of the best freshwater fishing in the world, our park also boasts a number of attractions that are fun and educational for all ages.

If some members of your group don't want to fish, they'll have a blast on an hour-long airboat ride or at an exclusive live presentation from the Gator Boys Animal Rescue, stars of Animal Planet's hit reality show, Gator Boys. Our newest attraction, Animal Encounters, allows guests to get up close and personal with some of the region's most unique animals, including birds, boas and gators.

A Unique Paradise

The Florida Everglades is a fantastic location for freshwater fishing. Whether you're a novice or an old pro, Everglades Holiday Park can help you enjoy your day. Try your luck in the Everglades fishing for Bass and other species of fish, and don't forget to stop by our bait and tackle shop to load up on everything you need for your trip. Munchies, drinks, sunglasses and all kinds of outdoor items are available day and night at Everglades Holiday Park's bait and tackle shop.

The Best Everglades Bass Fishing

Any angler will tell you the same thing: Few things in life are better than being out on the water, relaxing and reeling in some big ones. Whether you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life or simply put in some quality time with your friends and loved ones, fishing in the Everglades is the perfect way to put your mind at ease.

No matter how much or how little planning you do before visiting Everglades Holiday Park, it's hard to find a comparable bass fishing experience in South Florida. We have all the gear you need to enjoy a pleasurable day on some of the most beautiful waters the country has to offer. So if you forget your own or simply don't have it, we have everything you need to start your bass fishing!

Perfect for Locals and Visitors

Located just a quick drive from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Everglades Holiday Park is easily accessible from many parts of South Florida. Our park is the perfect place for local Floridians to catch enormous largemouth bass.

If you're a fisherman planning a vacation, the park is perfect for you as well. Want to leave your own gear at home? Not a problem. Our large selection of rental equipment is perfectly suited for fishermen with a variety of tastes and skill levels. We'll do everything we can to ensure your fishing experience in the Everglades is something you'll take with you forever.

About Everglades Holiday Park

Voted a top three Florida attraction by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best.com, Everglades Holiday Park is more than just a great spot to fish in South Florida. While the are no shortage of parks claiming to offer the best experience, only Everglades Holiday Parks delivers on that promise with great programming, ample facilities and a comfortable experience for all ages. From fishing, to gator watching to simply enjoying this unique corner of the globe, Everglades Holiday Park is a great destination for visitors and residents alike.

For a solo or professionally guided fishing tour, freshwater fishing at Everglades Holiday Park is an unforgettable experience you'll enjoy repeating again and again.

For a professionally guided fishing tour or solo, freshwater fishing at Everglades Holiday Park is an unforgettable experience you'll enjoy repeating again and again. Boat rentals and Everglades fishing tours are available year round. During the high season (December to April), we recommend booking in advance, particularly if you have a large group or other special requests.

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Airboat Rides in Miami | Everglades Airboat Tours Miami

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For The Best Airboat Rides In Miami, Everglades Holiday Park Is a Must See

If you're one of the thousands of people looking for an awesome adventure in South Florida and you're considering a tour through the Everglades, you're in luck. Every year, millions of people visit Everglades National Park to encounter incredible wildlife and view gorgeous landscape. But the real excitement comes from the airboat tour, and with the best airboat rides Miami has to offer, Everglades Holiday Park over-delivers on a promise of fun every time. With high energy, up close encounters with wildlife and an incredibly exciting gator show, they've redefined adventure. Sound fun? Here are a few compelling reasons why Everglades Holiday Park is a cut above the rest for family friendly fun.

Miami Airboat Rides

An airboat ride through the Florida Everglades is an item every traveler should want to check off their list. If you're in Miami for pleasure or business - or even if you have lived here all your life - there's no better place to begin your journey than at Everglades Holiday Park.

Unlike other Everglades attractions, we are conveniently located right at the edge of the wetlands. Getting here and enjoying an airboat ride is an easy journey for anyone in the Miami Metro area.

Comfortable, Convenient and Covered Airboat Rides In Miami

The Florida Everglades is a tropical wetland; but does that mean you have to get wet to enjoy it? Absolutely not, and that's why Everglades Holiday Park is proud to offer the only covered airboat ride in Miami. It's an exciting adventure, action-packed and dry. Plus, with a cover for protection, you don't have to worry about getting burned from the hot Florida sunshine. With innovative design and maximized comfort, it's hard to believe these airboats zip across open water at speeds reaching 55-mph. It's adrenalin-charged fun, but its peace of mind and confidence from the safety of a covered boat.

Why Tour the Everglades With Us?

  • We're located in Broward County, a short drive from Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Airboat rides last an hour, making a trip to our park accessible from anywhere in South Florida.
  • We have a fleet of modern, fast and comfortable airboats capable of traveling up to 60 mph. Our tours are fast-paced and exciting for all ages, and because we can cover ground faster, we increase your chances of seeing gators, snakes and other wildlife.
  • Our airboat captains are personable and knowledgeable about the area. They are capable not only of finding the best spots for wildlife watching, but can also answer all your questions about the region and its importance as a native ecosystem.
  • We're home of the world-famous Gator Boys, stars of Animal Planet's hit show. Performances by the Boys run frequently and are a great way to see how a professional gator wrangler works!

Airboat rides are suitable for children and adults of all ages. Tours run in all weather conditions, though the boats themselves are covered to protect from rain and excessive sun exposure.

Book Private and VIP Miami Tours

Looking for a more personal Miami Everglades tour experience for your family or group outing? Everglades Holiday Park offers private airboat rides for as few as two people at a time. Book a private airboat ride for a larger group and get discounted pricing off our already affordable rate - special VIP packages are available as well. Airboat rides are great for birthday parties, corporate team building events and more. Contact us today for pricing information.

Meet Animal Planet's "Gator Boys"

After your airboat tour, you'll get the chance to witness unbelievably dangerous and exciting tricks and stunts featuring Animal Planet's "Gator Boys", the daring duo known for unique exploits and gator expertise. Many of the TV episodes are filmed right here in the park, and it's very likely you'll meet the stars in person. Meet the American alligator up close and personal as the Gator Boys put on a live show that people of all ages enjoy. It's educational, entertaining and more fun than you can pack into one day.

Perfect for Every Occasion

If you're looking for something fun to do in Miami, consider a guided airboat tour. In fact, a trip out on the water at Everglades Holiday Park is a great choice for:

  • Birthday parties - Whether you're looking for a venue for your child's birthday party or you're looking for something fun to do for your best friend's 30th birthday celebration, Everglades Holiday Park offers excitement for thrill-seekers of all ages. Make memories with your friends and put a smile on everyone's faces as you cruise through the Everglades on our guided airboat tours.
  • Team-building exercises - If you really want your team to get out of the office for the day and develop some camaraderie, it might be time to head to the 'Glades. Our airboat tours in the Miami area are easily accessible, so you won't have to worry about writing off an entire day of productivity to give your employees an experience they'll never forget.
  • Vacations - Many travelers find themselves in the Miami area for vacation. If you've spent enough time on the beach and seen a lot of what the city has to offer, it might be time to hop aboard one of our airboats and experience the River of Grass. Put some true South Florida flair into your vacation at Everglades Holiday Park.
  • Dates - While you might not want to make your significant other pet alligators on your first date, Everglades Holiday Park is also a great place to experience nature and spend some quality time with that special someone.
  • Old-fashioned fun - You don't have to have a special occasion to head out on the water at Everglades Holiday Park. We're open seven days a week, so visit us whenever you have time!

Adrenalin-Charged Excitement…Guaranteed

Picture yourself flying across a river of grass at lightning speeds in a high-performance airboat, slowing only to witness firsthand alligators and other creatures go about their day. Finish your airboat ride with a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Gator Boys at Everglades Holiday Park. This is one adventure that truly delivers on a promise of jaw dropping excitement.

With airboats at lightning speeds, alligators close enough to touch and another adventure around every corner, Everglades Holiday Park is pleased to offer the best airboat rides in Miami. Start your airboat adventure by purchasing tickets purchasing tickets here or give us a call today at (954) 434-8111 to reserve your seats!

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A Few Fascinating Facts About Alligators

Most of us learned something about alligators in school.  But this early exposure is limited, and generations of kids turn into adults who view gators through lenses clouded by misinformation.

How long have alligators been around? What makes them tick? Even better, what ticks them off? Hopefully, this piece will help you better understand this living dinosaur. We'll examine some common misconceptions and learn 15 fascinating facts about alligators that might just make you want to visit them up close and personal on one of our famous airboat tours!

 

Fact 1: Do alligators cry? Yes!

When a person is accused of crying alligator (or crocodile) tears, the implication is that the tears are fake and the emotion is far from genuine. But alligators and crocodiles really do shed genuine tears, but only to clean and moisturize their eyes.

 

Fact 2: The Spanish gave the alligator its name.

Early Spanish soldiers and settlers in Florida called the weird-looking reptiles they encountered el lagarto (Spanish for the lizard).  In time, the name morphed into allagarter and finally, alligator.  The first alligators appeared on the scene about 37 million years ago and are, quite literally, living dinosaurs. They are native to only two places in the world:

  • The American alligator lives in the southern U.S. from North Carolina to the Rio Grande in Texas.
  • The Chinese alligator calls eastern China, along the Yangtze River, home.

However, Chinese alligators are tough creatures to find.  Much of the Chinese gator's natural habitat is being transformed by progress and some worry that there might be only a few dozen left.

The American alligator, on the other hand, is bigger and heftier than its Chinese cousin. The male American gator grows to between 11 and 13 feet and weighs close to 800 pounds. Its Chinese counterpart doesn't get past seven feet and usually tips the scale at 300 pounds or less. Alligators gravitate to rivers, lakes and freshwater ponds. They can spend only limited amounts of time in saltwater because they don't have the functioning "salt glands" that ocean-dwelling birds, fish, and reptiles use to shed excess salt.

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Fact 3: Do Alligators sweat? They do not!

Alligators are also unable to regulate their body temperatures internally as humans and other warm-blooded animals do.  If an alligator wants to warm up, it has to find a sunny spot. Because the gator also lacks sweat glands, it cools off by opening its mouth, finding a shady spot or going for a swim.

Gators don't have salt glands or warm blood, but do alligators sweat?  No. They also don't have sweat glands, and they release heat through their mouth. You might think the alligator was short-changed, but that's not necessarily true. Millions of years ago, they shared the earth with dinosaurs. When Earth's temperature plummeted, warm-blooded organisms died off. Fortunately, this meant the cold-blooded gators were able to survive.

 

Fact 4: A baby alligator's sex is determined by the nest's temperature.

According to the University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology, the temperature of the nest where alligator eggs incubate determines whether male or female offspring will be born. Females are produced when the nest temperature is below 82.4 Fahrenheit (F) - males are produced when temperatures are above 91.4 F. A temperature of 87.8 F will produce an even number of males and females.

 

Fact 5: Alligators are lone rangers.

Alligators don't typically travel in packs.  Highly territorial, they prefer to travel and wander alone. When adult alligators do gather together at a sunny spot, the group is referred to as a "congregation."  Alligators are typically awkward and slow-moving on land, but in the water, they use their tails to attain speeds of 20 miles per hour (mph) or more.

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Fact 6: The alligator diet can include fruit and plants, if available.

Alligators are carnivores, and their typical diet is comprised of fish, mollusks, birds, small mammals and smaller reptiles. At least some of the alligators housed with large tortoises at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park were seen eating lettuce leaves and squash that had been put out for the tortoises. The alligators had also been seen eating kumquats, oranges, lemons and limes. While it's highly unlikely the American alligator will adopt an all-vegan approach to eating, they might be willing to live by more than meat alone, if given the opportunity.

 

Fact 7: Turtles sometimes hitch a ride in an alligator's mouth.

While we're on the subject of alligator preferences, we should discuss the odd dynamic that exists between alligators and turtles.  Do alligators like meat?  Yes. Are turtles meat? Yes. So do alligators eat turtles? Despite being friends, they sometimes do.

If you spend even a little time looking at photos of gators, you'll see pictures of alligators and turtles sunning together on a log. It's not uncommon for a photographer to snap a picture of a turtle hitching a ride in the gator's mouth across a creek or river. Why does this happen?

The explanation involves the curious configuration of a turtle's shell and the limits of an alligator's jaw power. If the upper part of the shell (the carapace) is too large, the alligator is unable to snap its powerful jaws shut.

 

Fact 8: Male alligators fertilize multiple females per mating season.

The alligator mating season kicks off in late May and continues through the early part of June. Shallow waters or the shore is a favorite late-evening trysting spot. Males produce a heart-stopping roar to attract females and to warn off any other males who might be nearby. After circling the female (what we humans call "checking her out") the male gets down to business. Males are known to fertilize several females each season and once the mating is done, the males don't stick around.

The female then makes a large nest for her eggs.  This nest is constructed of mud, sticks and other vegetation - it typically stands 2-3 feet high and is 7-10 feet around. In late spring or early summer, the eggs are laid.  Most females lay between 35-50 eggs but numbers vary based on age and relative health.  There are recorded cases of nests containing up to 90 eggs.

Once the eggs are laid, the female covers her nest with more sticks, foliage and mud. She remains near her nest during the two-month incubation period. She waits and listens for the high-pitched "chirping" the babies make from inside the shell that signals the babies are ready to hatch. The mother removes the debris covering the eggs, clearing the way for the newly born hatchling to make their appearance. If a hatchling is having trouble getting out of the shell, the mother will sometimes take the egg into her mouth and gently break the shell before returning the egg to its nest.

 

Fact 9: At best, one in five alligators will reach adulthood.

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Hatchlings need all the help they can get because their survival rates are dismally low. Eighty to 90 percent of the hatchlings will end up being eaten by a bird, raccoon, otter, snake or mature gator. On the bright side, once an alligator makes it to four feet in length, only humans and larger alligators pose a threat. The lifespan of alligators in the wild is 35-50 years.

 

Fact 10: Alligators are outstanding mothers.

The young alligators begin catching their own food the day they are born. In most ways, however, they are quite vulnerable and remain under their mother's protection for as long as two years. At some point, the mother will have a new brood to care for and the young alligators will leave to begin its own family.  Very young alligators grow about a foot a year. During this time, the hatchlings stick together in what's known as a "pods."  Most gators reach sexual maturity around age 10-12, when they are about six feet long.

 

Fact 11: Alligators grow new teeth throughout their lives.

How many teeth do alligators have? An adult alligator has between 74 and 84 teeth in its mouth.  Alligators don't chew and their teeth aren't particularly sharp, but taken together, they are very effective. If a tooth wears down or breaks off, a new one grows to take its place. It is believed that alligators go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.

The American alligator's bite measures 9,452 newtons or 2,125 lbs. per square inch (psi) of force. By contrast, the chomp of the average human is 890 newtons or 150 lbs. psi. However, compared to a saltwater crocodile, which shuts its mouth with 16,460 newtons or 3,700 lbs. psi of force, the alligator's bite is not as fierce. The muscles an alligator uses to open its jaw are also far weaker than the muscles needed to snap the jaw shut. This is why alligator wrestlers, using nothing but bare hands, are able to hold a gator's mouth shut.

 

Fact 12: Alligators take extended naps (a.k.a. hibernate) when it's cold.

Everyone knows that bears hibernate, but most people don't realize that alligators do, too. The dormant period runs from October to March for American alligators. They dig "gator holes" close to frequented waterways and take cold-weather naps. The tunnels can be quite lengthy, sometimes 50 or more feet. Once the gator moves out, other animals make use of the burrows the alligators so thoughtfully provided.

 

Fact 13: Alligators don't want to hurt humans.

It's a common question and fear for many people: Do alligators hurt humans? Much to many people's surprise, when an alligator sees a human, its brain doesn't immediately scream dinner! Gators aren't hardwired for that type of aggressive behavior toward humans unless they perceive a threat.

Alligators are known to be opportunistic eaters. That's a fancy way of saying gators are a little lazy and don't want to work too hard for their food.  Less desirable food will trump a tasty meal if the tasty meal takes a lot of work.

 

Fact 14: Do Alligators have night vision? Yep!

Alligators can see clear at night. They have large, demanding eyes but do alligators have night vision? They have eyes on the tops of their heads, due to the fact that they spend a lot of their time in the water. Interestingly, their large eyes provide them with clear night vision. When the sun is out during the day, their pupils will become narrower and appear as a small slash.

 

Fact 15: Alligators live longer in captivity.

Florida and Louisiana rank 1st and 2nd for the size of their alligator populations.The Sunshine State is home to more than one million alligators.  And in 1987, the American alligator became Florida's official state reptile. Louisiana isn't far behind Florida in sheer numbers and the Big Easy holds the record for the largest alligator ever captured. The alligator was almost 19 feet long!

While alligators are sometimes prized for their hides or meat, Florida alligator attractions like the Everglades Holiday Park are intriguing tourist destinations that allow people to take a look at living gators in their natural habitat. Visitors can also support the species and the environment due to the fact that alligators live longer in captivity. The environment is more protected, the risks are lower and food comes on a regular basis.  Exactly how much longer is a much-debated topic - one alligator born in captivity in 1936 is still living to this day!

 

Learn More About Alligators - and Interact With Them - at Everglades Holiday Park

We've just gone through 15 alligator facts you might not have learned in school. Are you hooked yet? Do you want to see this amazing creature up close? Watch our video for more information, or better yet, visit Everglades Holiday Park and get to know the gators up close and personal. We offer live gator shows featuring the cast of Animal Planet's hit show Gator Boys!

Our park sits on 29 acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and we take our stewardship of this area seriously. Buy tickets online, or call 954-434-8111. Discounted group tour rates are available, so plan your birthday party, special event or family outing today!


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Get Wild in South Florida at Everglades Holiday Park

Looking to make your next trip to South Florida a real walk on the wild side? Everglades Holiday Park is one of the leading animal parks in the region, offering guests up-close access to American alligators, snakes and other inhabitants of the Florida wetlands. From airboat tours that take you deep into the 'Glades to see these creatures in their natural habitat, to exciting programming from the famous Gator Boys themselves, there's no better place to get up close and personal with the original inhabitants of this vast and diverse region.

A Florida Animal Park That's Fun for All Ages!

Have you ever wanted to hold a real-live python? Or maybe you'd be interested in posing for a picture with a baby alligator. At Everglades Holiday Park, you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of furry and scaly friends. Not only will you get to interact with these animals in a supervised environment - you'll also get an official picture proving it to the folks back home.

Our animal park is unlike a zoo where animals are unnaturally caged and spend their days staring at visitors through glass. At Everglades Holiday Park, we feature animals as they are in nature. It's an incredible opportunity to see firsthand how they live and coexist in this amazing tropical environment.

Ride the "River of Grass" in an Everglades Airboat Tour

From our convenient starting point just outside of Fort Lauderdale, a fleet of modern and well-maintained airboats is available to take you out into the wild Florida Everglades. Our experienced guides know the best places to spot wading birds, gators and other critters.

Capable of traveling up to 60 mph, our boats are also able to cover a lot of ground quickly so you can see as much as possible. Along the way, you'll learn about the history of the 'Glades and about its important role as an ecosystem and habitat for rare, endangered species.

Meet Animal Planet's Own Gator Boys

An exciting airboat ride is only one part of our Florida animal park. While you're here, be sure to check out a live presentation from the world famous Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, stars of their own Animal Planet TV series, Gator Boys. Presentations are fun, funny and informative, and they'll give you or your children the chance to get their picture taken with a live alligator - the proceeds of which go to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue nonprofit.

One of the Best Animal Parks in Florida

At Everglades Holiday Park, we work hard to make sure all of our guests have exciting experiences that create long-lasting memories. To achieve this, we hire the most knowledgeable and friendly staff members possible. Our team is more than happy to answer any questions you might have about our park and works hard to make your visit the as rewarding as possible.

Perfect for All Occasions

Everglades Holiday Park is a versatile venue that's interesting to people of all ages! It's the perfect place to host a variety of events, including:

  • Vacations - Visiting family in South Florida? Want to take your kids to a warmer climate for winter vacation? Maybe you just want to experience something new with your significant other. In any event, Everglades Holiday Park is the perfect venue to spend some - or all - of your vacation.
  • Birthday parties - What better way for kids of all ages to celebrate life than to get up close and personal with multiple species of reptiles? At Everglades Holiday Park, we also know that there are plenty of adults who identify themselves as lifelong "kids!" Our park is a great spot to host a birthday party with friends and family members of all ages.
  • Corporate events - Everglades Holiday Park is also the perfect place to take your employees and reward them for their hard work. Over the course of the day, they'll bond as they check out everything the 'Glades have to offer.
  • Private tours - If you want to experience one of the best animal parks in Florida in an intimate setting, why not book a private guided airboat tour? Your friends, family members, employees or other guests will love experiencing the Everglades on your own terms!

Home to diverse wildlife, the Everglades is a must-visit for anyone vacationing in South Florida. At Everglades Holiday Park, animal lovers will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see rare species in person and support ongoing conservation efforts. Visit us or book your ticket online today!

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Protecting Everglades Wildlife

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Protecting Everglades Wildlife

Most of us are familiar with the terms, "threatened," "endangered" and "extinct," but few of us understand what they really mean. With population growth comes a surge in development activity as we build homes, businesses and amenities. Unfortunately, changes impact more than our communities, but the animals that live on the land. One of the areas impacted is the Florida Everglades. A pristine collection of extraordinary plants and wildlife, the Everglades is experiencing degradation of habitat, causing Everglades wildlife to decline.

With American alligators, tropical snakes and over 350 bird species, the Everglades is a playground for outdoor activity. Unparalleled scenery and wildlife makes exploring the River of Grass a once in a lifetime opportunity. This unique land deserves our attention, and the more informed we are, the better chance the animals have.

Endangered Versus Threatened Everglades Wildlife

In 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was created to conserve and recover species and habitats on the federal threatened and endangered lists. The ESA takes necessary steps to protect Everglades wildlife, but animals must be on both the threatened and endangered lists before protection will start. What's the difference between endangered and threatened? Endangered species are in immediate danger of becoming extinct unless something is done to protect their habitat. Threatened species are likely to become endangered soon if steps are not taken in the immediate future.

According to the National Park Service, there are currently 23 animal species in the Everglades on both the federally endangered and threatened lists. There are over 60 different types of Everglades wildlife on just the threatened list. The Florida panther and the American alligator are two of the deserving animals receiving protection at the state and federal level. Threatened Everglades Wildlife Needs Our Protection!

American Alligator

In South Florida, the American alligator is well known, but despite celebrity status, few people in the state know that the gator is considered threatened by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Likely to become endangered if we don't act soon, alligators live in fresh water marshes of the Everglades and play an instrumental role in sustaining the ecosystem.

Sea Turtle

One of the oldest creatures on Earth, the sea turtle is a fascinating example of a species found in the Everglades. On the federal endangered list since 1978, turtles depend on the marine and estuarine habitat of the Everglades for survival. Still, egg harvesting along with pollution contribute to declining populations, even as government and community work together to raise awareness.

Birds

The Everglades is home to an amazing collection of over 350 different bird species. Many are threatened and endangered, including the snail kite, wood stork, woodpecker and bald eagle. Water levels rise and fall in conservation areas making it difficult for birds to nest, causing poor reproduction.

Florida Panther

The Everglades is also home to the Florida panther. Again, habitat degradation contributes to declining health and today, there are only 70-100 panthers living in the Everglades, making them one of the most endangered animals in the world.

Let Everglades Wildlife Inspire You: Visiting the Florida Everglades

Years ago, the Everglades ecosystem was a healthy mix of diverse habitats, but population growth, land development and drainage programs negatively impacted the wetlands. Today, there are many reasons for the decline in Everglades wildlife, but there are also informed, motivated people ready to help. Exploring this pristine environment is a unique opportunity to pay tribute and a fun way to expose the kids to conservation and preservation efforts.

To learn more about how you can visit with Everglades wildlife on an exciting airboat tour, please visit www.evergladesholidaypark.com. Home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, Everglades Holiday Park is conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale.

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Cool Outdoor Adventures In Fort Lauderdale

Outdoor Adventures In Fort Lauderdale

Who doesn't love the great outdoors? With bright sunshine and blue skies, South Florida was made for fun, but when it comes to wildlife, boating and thrills, the Sunshine State is always at the top of the list. Looking for a few cool outdoor adventures in Fort Lauderdale? If you'll be traveling to the area soon, or you're a resident looking to plan an exciting day trip, Everglades Holiday Park is one destination you'll want to see.

The Best Live Gator Shows In Florida

Floridians love their gators. An iconic state resident that draws all kinds of attention, alligators in Florida are a common site. It's not hard to find an alligator show, but when you're looking for the best, you can't miss the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue at Everglades Holiday Park. The team is best known for their reality show on Animal Planet, where they rescue nuisance gators from residential areas in South Florida. Where do they take the gators they save? To Everglades Holiday Park of course! The park is proud to provide a safe haven and sanctuary for these amazing animals, and they think it's pretty nice too! Someone from the Gator Boys crew is on site every day to teach guests about this incredible animal from the world famous "Gator Pit" and that makes for some pretty awesome outdoor adventures in Fort Lauderdale. Shows are family friendly, and a big hit with kids of all ages.

Glide Across The River of Grass On an Airboat Tour

When an exhilarating outdoor adventure in Fort Lauderdale is your goal, it's tough to beat an hour-long airboat ride through the Everglades. The ecosystem is brimming with all kinds of incredible sights. Imagine coming face-to-face with a 10-foot alligator? You can, from the safety of a covered airboat at Everglades Holiday Park. Captains are highly skilled and know exactly where to take the boats for you to get the best view. The gators aren't shy either, and it's not unusual for a few to come right next to the boat for up close and personal encounters. Sound fun? It is - and an airboat ride through the Everglades is easily one of the coolest outdoor adventures in Fort Lauderdale.

Grab Your Camera - Outdoor Adventures In Fort Lauderdale

Did someone say photo-opp? Of course, and the best outdoor adventures in Florida certainly include snapping a few pictures of Everglades wildlife. Everglades Holiday Park brings the wildlife to you, giving you the chance to meet some of the areas most spectacular critters. Steady your camera because long legged wading birds, colorful snakes, tropical fish and more are everywhere! Alligators are a must see for sure, but even the vegetation is photo worthy. When you're ready for an interactive experience, the park has a new feature that gives you an even more exciting up close and personal experience. Animal Encounters is a big hit with the kids. Hosted by Ashley Lawrence of the Gator Boys, guests can have their picture taken with not only a baby alligator, but a black and white tegu, ring tailed lemur, albino red tail boa and more.

The best outdoor adventures in Florida have one thing in common - awesome fun. Whether you're just visiting or you're an adventurous local, there's nothing more exciting than the Florida Everglades. Outdoor adventures in Fort Lauderdale redefined, Everglades Holiday Park is a must do.

 

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How to Have Fun In Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Will you be visiting South Florida this year? If you haven't chosen the perfect locale, but you know you'll be in the Sunshine State, why not consider having a little fun in Fort Lauderdale? Adventurous families and thrill seekers looking for an unforgettable experience delight in visiting the Everglades. Here are three great examples of how to have fun in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

No. 1: Airboat Rides Through the Everglades

There aren't a lot of buildings in the Everglades, and that's how we like it. Mile after mile, America's wetland is packed with unforgettable sights and sounds. Take an exciting journey through the Everglades on an airboat and you'll experience things you can only see in this one of a kind ecosystem. Imagine how exciting it can be to lock eyes with a 10-foot alligator as he slips by your boat. Steady your camera because an Everglades airboat tour is the easiest way to experience face-to-face animal encounters in a natural, untouched environment like the 'Glades. Plus, with a skilled captain to guide the way, an airboat tour is one very cool way to have some fun in Fort Lauderdale.

No. 2: Witness the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Team Perform a Live Gator Show

With thousands of fans, Animal Planet's hit show the Gator Boys, is fun to watch from home. But if you're visiting Florida, seeing the guys and gals perform live is a must do for fun in Fort Lauderdale. With daring stunts, tricks, and a rare look into the day-to-day workings of the team, the live gator show at Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale is family fun redefined. Thousands of people tune in to see the team rescue nuisance gators from residential areas in South Florida. As the original home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, the park is the place to be for gator fun in Fort Lauderdale.

No. 3: Up Close and Personal Wild Animal Encounters

South Florida is known for its stunning collection of amazing wildlife. From long legged wading birds like the great egret or blue heron to the Florida panther or tropical snakes, there's never a shortage of wild animals in South Florida, despite urban crawl. When it's time to take a closer look at Everglades wildlife - to actually hold a few animals in your arms, Fort Lauderdale's Everglades Holiday Park is the answer. The newest feature at the park is called Animal Encounters for a reason. It's the best place in town to meet and greet with cool critters. Hosted by Ashley Lawrence of the Gator Boys, when you're ready to hold a baby alligator or a boa, this is one event that offers fun in Fort Lauderdale at any age.

South Florida is always a good time, whether you're looking for an exciting adventure or a few hours of relaxation. For nonstop fun in Fort Lauderdale, Everglades Holiday Park delivers with exhilarating airboat rides, the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team and the best animal encounters in the state.

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Fun In the Everglade

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How to have Fun In the Everglades

If you're planning on doing some traveling through the Sunshine State, one of the best family-friendly places to visit is the Everglades. With extraordinary vegetation, spectacular wildlife and some of the most awe-inspiring images, the Everglades is a must do for adventurous families. How can you have fun in the Everglades?

Capture Unique Flora and Fauna On Film

There's plenty of reasons why families choose to visit the Florida Everglades. A popular tourist spot for sure, the ecosystem is home to over 750 different types of animals, and an eclectic mix of rare plants. With the American alligator, blue heron, scores of tropical fish and more, the 'Glades is not your average locale. In fact, the wetland supports as many as 14 threatened or endangered species, and that means you'll see something fun in the every time you visit. Come face-to-face with some rare critters and explore spectacular greenery like sawgrass - one of the oldest green plants in the world. This is an extraordinary opportunity to capture incredible sights on film, even if it's with a cell phone camera.

Take an Airboat Tour for Fun In the Everglades

Get the full Everglades experience by taking an airboat tour through the wetlands. If you've never experienced open waters and nature by airboat, this is one treat you'll want to enjoy again and again. Airboat tours are family friendly - the perfect way to expose the little ones to wildlife, and with covered boats, you don't ever have to worry about the kids getting too much sun. Airboat rides leave the docks at Everglades Holiday Park every twenty minutes and are captained by experienced men and woman who share a passion for the Everglades and its inhabitants.

Take In A Live Alligator Show

After journeying through the River of Grass by airboat, return to the docks at Everglades Holiday Park for even more fun in the Everglades. The official home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, the park is pleased to feature a group of expert gator handlers who sure know how to put on a live show. With exciting stunts, daring tricks and some educational information too, the Gator Boys crew delivers on a once in a lifetime chance to get up close and personal with the Everglades most popular resident. Each airboat ticket at the park includes a complementary show, and boy is it fun in the Everglades!

The Florida Everglades is one unique destination that's sure to leave the whole family smiling from ear to ear. When fun in the Everglades is your goal, there's nothing quite like spending a few hours at Everglades Holiday Park. With narrated airboat tours, gator shows and some of the best memories in South Florida, it's always a good time.

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Beyond South Florida Beaches – An Awesome Everglades Adventure

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Lounging on South Florida beaches is always a fantastic way to spend the day with the family. But when you're in the mood for something a little more adventurous, an awesome Everglades tour may be just the solution. Not sure what there is to do and see in the 'Glades? Read on for a few great ideas and the answer to why journeying through the Florida Everglades is a must do.

Airboat Tours Are Tons of Fun

Exploring the wetlands that make up the Florida Everglades is tons of fun from the seat of a state-of-the-art airboat. Narrated tours are exciting, entertaining and educational too, making this the perfect activity for families looking for an alternative to South Florida beaches. Airboats are completely safe, and a unique way to introduce little ones to open water. A thrill for all ages, you'll see incredible vegetation, Florida wildlife and much more, leaving you inspired, awe-struck and smiling from ear to ear.

Come Face to Face With Everglades Wildlife

Imagine their faces when they see alligators, turtles and tropical birds near the boat. Airboat captains know exactly where to go to give guests the best view the Everglades has to offer. Gators swim right next to the boat, and boy is it exciting! In Fort Lauderdale, Everglades Holiday Park offers Animal Encounters, the chance for families to get an even closer look at some of the areas most interesting critters. In fact, you can even pose for a picture with your favorite, and a python wrapped around your neck makes for an amazing photograph! Get up close and personal with an albino red tailed boa, carpet python, baby alligator, a ring tailed lemur and more.

Forget South Florida Beaches, Come Meet the Gator Boys from Animal Planet

Everglades Holiday Park is also the official home to the Gator Boys Animal Rescue - the only locale in the Fort Lauderdale area where you can take an incredible airboat ride and then experience a live show featuring the Gator Boys team. Watch in amazement as the crew enters the world famous "Gator Pit" to showcase the strength and grace of the American alligator. Many of the gators used in the show were rescued by the Gator Boys themselves, and now enjoy a life of entertaining crowds and lounging with friends in sunny Fort Lauderdale.

South Florida beaches are spectacular. But when you're looking for an adventure that's a little less conventional, Everglades Holiday Park is the place to be. With exciting airboat tours, the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue and amazing Everglades wildlife, this is one experience you're not likely to forget any time soon.

Ready to learn more? Please visit www.evergladesholidaypark.com for more details!

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Looking to Plan a Creative Corporate Event In Fort Lauderdale?

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Experienced business professionals know better than most the benefits of creating a stress free environment for employees. After all, productivity improves when everyone works together successfully towards a common goal. Company sponsored events that promote team building increase focus, efficiency, and they're loads of fun. If you're looking for a creative venue to plan a corporate event in Fort Lauderdale, Everglades Holiday Park may be just the place. Here are a few reasons why a day trip to the park can motivate your team.

Create Excitement with Everglades Wildlife

In South Florida, wildlife is a part of everyday life. The sunshine state may be recognized for alligators, but we also have incredible wading birds, snakes, turtles and more. Expose the team to some creatures and let them have some fun with their colleagues. The office setting can be boring and dull, and a day taking in some sunshine and open air is an easy way to build rapport, strengthen relationships and relax. Plus, with awe-inspiring scenery, it's easy to let go of unhealthy stress that can create tension in the workplace.

Entertain Them With a Thrilling Airboat Ride and Live Gator Show

If you haven't experienced an Everglades airboat tour, this is one activity you simply must consider as part of a corporate event in Fort Lauderdale. Boating redefined, an airboat ride is nothing like cruising the Intracoastal and your team will likely appreciate the opportunity to let off some steam zipping across the "River of Grass". At Everglades Holiday Park, airboats are narrated by captains with intimate knowledge of the 'glades - they know exactly where to take the boat for the best sights. A once in a lifetime experience, tours are 60 minutes long -the perfect amount of time to sightsee before returning to the park for an exciting gator show starring the Gator Boys from Animal Planet.

An Unforgettable Corporate Event In Fort Lauderdale - Conclude with a Strategy Session Under the Pavilion

With a pavilion on site with capacity for up to 75 people, executives can host a slide presentation, brainstorming session or engage staff to create a completely new perspective. Everglades Holiday Park's pavilion makes planning the best corporate event in Fort Lauderdale easier than ever - and one to remember for years.

Fresh air and bright sunshine promotes a low stress, focused atmosphere where executives and their teams can exchange ideas, talk openly and relax. With impeccable scenery, thrilling adventures and a peacefulness that's only found in the Everglades, Everglades Holiday Park is the perfect spot for your next amazing corporate event in Fort Lauderdale.

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Wildlife In the Everglades – What Is There to See?

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Florida has something no other state has - the Everglades. Recognized internationally as a "wetland of significance", the Florida Everglades is home to some of the most extraordinary vegetation and wildlife in the world. With many endangered animals, viewing wildlife in the Everglades is a treat for all ages. Incredible alligators and tropical birds are fun to see and families, professional photographers and nature enthusiasts come from all over to pay homage to the unique flora and fauna. If you're curious about wildlife in the Everglades and wondering what there is to see, here's some great information.

Bring on the Reptiles!

American alligators are everywhere in the Everglades, and one of the most exciting creatures to meet in person. A Floridian icon, life in the sunshine state wouldn't be the same without a few gator sightings. But when you want to see scores of them lounging in the sun or slipping through the water, a journey through the wetlands will never let you down. The easiest way to see alligators and other wildlife in the Everglades is to take an airboat tour. Hour long tours put you front can center with all kinds of cool sights - and from the comfort of a state-of-the-art boat. In addition to the gators, the Everglades is also home to crocodiles, snakes, lizards and a few more slithery creatures. Imagine catching sight of a Rattlesnake close enough to touch?

A Bird Enthusiast's Playground

Bird lovers can't say enough about the selection of gorgeous birds in the Everglades. Whether you're six or sixty, birds and active wildlife in the Everglades are a thrill to watch. Roseate Spoonbills, Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, and Ibises are plentiful in the 'glades. With an impressive wingspan, it's tough to miss the majestic Osprey in flight. And when the Roseate Spoonbill makes an appearance, bright pink plumage lights up the sky. Everglades wading bird population has been in decline for a few years, but there are still plenty of fun and unusual birds to make a visit well worth the trip.

More Wildlife In the Everglades

A narrated tour offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and greet with all kinds of incredible wildlife in the Everglades. An experience to remember, each trip is unique, and that's the beauty of exploring the area - you never know what you'll see next! Raccoon families often roam the shoreline, baby possums play in the water and high-spirited rabbits are always hopping about. Of course, with tons of wildlife in the Everglades, a day trip through the ecosystem is always exciting.

Whether you're looking for a unique adventure for the kids, you're excited to capture some extraordinary images on film or you simply want to escape the hustle and bustle with a trek into nature, the Everglades is the solution. With a skilled airboat captain to lead the way, visiting with amazing wildlife in the Everglades is easier than ever.

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Are You Ready to Meet the Gator Boys In Florida?

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Ask Floridians about the "Gator Boys" and you're sure to get some exciting answers. South Florida favorites, the stars of Animal Planet's show are local celebrities. Whether they're rescuing gators from residential areas or sharing information on the sunshine state's most exciting animal, the guys and gals thrill crowds of enthusiastic fans. Are you ready to meet the Gator Boys in Florida? Adventurous families and curious onlookers delight in coming to Everglades Holiday Park to laugh, learn and meet the team. Entertaining and fun, if you're planning a visit to the sunshine state, here's what you can expect to see and do at Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.

Watch an Exciting Live Alligator Show Performed by the Gator Boys In Florida

Impressive alligators are everywhere in South Florida. But Everglades Holiday Park is the original home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue - the only place where you can meet the Gator Boys in Florida. The live show at the park takes place in the world famous "Gator Pit" and is filled with all kinds of fun tricks, dangerous stunts and information. The presentation is family friendly, exciting and filled with educational value! Plus, many of the alligators used in the show are rescue gators, and that makes us all feel good.

Journey Through Everglades Wetlands by Airboat

The live alligator show is free when you purchase a ticket for a narrated airboat tour through the Everglades. A 60-minute tour puts you face-to-face with all kinds of exciting Everglades wildlife like wading birds, snakes, turtles, and of course, gators. Don't worry mom, the boat ride is completely safe for the little ones and the boats at Everglades Holiday Park are partially covered for protection from the sun. The perfect chance to meet and greet with even more incredible animals, don't forget your camera, because wildlife are unpredictable, and you don't want to miss the opportunity to capture incredible sights on film.

Everglades Holiday Park - Family Friendly, Fun and Convenient

Parents in South Florida are always searching for something to do with the kids to keep them entertained and amused. A trip to Everglades Holiday Park satisfies everyone's needs. Moms and dads appreciate the educational value of exploring America's wetland, kids can't get enough of the fast boat ride and everyone enjoys the live show. Plus, when the show ends, visit with even more wildlife at Animal Encounters, the newest feature at the park where you can hold a variety of interesting critters in person. Join Gator Girl Ashley Lawrence as you pose for a picture with a Tegu, Boa and more.

Everglades Holiday Park is conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale, just minutes from hotels and popular South Florida hotspots. With airboat tours, live gator shows, and sightseeing, a few hours in the Everglades is a memorable way to spend the day.

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The Everglades In Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Fun For All Ages

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida has long been recognized as the "place to be" for college kids looking to relax or singles in need of a great vacation. But the city by the sea has something else that attracts visitors from around the world - the Everglades. The Everglades in Fort Lauderdale is home to an astonishing collection of some of the most incredible flora and fauna in existence - many on the federal endangered list. If you're curious about what the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale has to offer, here's a sneak peek into what you can do and see.

Unparalleled Sightseeing

The Everglades in Fort Lauderdale attracts scores of professional photographers, artists and curious families for good reason - it's home to an awe-inspiring collection of plants and animals. As one of the Sunshine State's most exciting natural attractions, you'll see wildlife in their natural habitat like wading birds, alligators and more. A significant part of the Everglades ecosystem is protected as it creates the perfect shelter for a variety of animals. Colorful birds, tropical fish, reptiles and more live in the Everglades, making it the perfect locale to sightsee.

Take an Airboat Ride Through the Everglades In Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Everglades is called the "River of Grass" because it's actually a slow moving river that folks enjoy airboating across. Narrated tours are super fun and the perfect family adventure for mom, dad and the kids. Each tour is different, and if you choose the right captain, your journey is filled with all kinds of exciting sights. Skilled narrators know exactly where to take the boat to see the animals going about their business. A one-of-a-kind adventure, airboat tours through the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale are not only fun, but educational too.

Everglades Holiday Park, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Ready to plan that day of fun in the sun? Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is where all the action is - and home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue. The world famous "Gator Pit" is where the guys and gals from Animal Planet's show put on a fantastic live event. Kids delight in watching the stunts and tricks, and parents enjoy hearing about the larger conservation and preservation effort. Meet and greet with wildlife up close and personal as you join Ashley Lawrence in holding some of the 'glades most exotic animals like a Tegu or Boa, take an airboat ride and marvel at the sights from the comfort and safety of a state-of-the-art vessel - all in one day of fun in the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Airboat Safety: Taking the Kids

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Families in South Florida delight in airboating. The temperatures are great, the skies are blue and with tons of sightseeing opportunities, it's always a good time spending the day on the water. But if you have kids, airboat safety is sure to be an important priority and it's smart to stay informed. Journeying through the Everglades by airboat is super fun, and an educational opportunity you're not likely to get anywhere else. Here are a few tips for keeping everyone safe as you explore the sunshine state's most exciting natural attraction - the Florida Everglades.

Consider Sun Protection - Look For Partially Covered Airboats

South Florida is known for its gorgeous, bright sunshine. But like most things in life, too much is never a good thing. Parents interested in airboat safety should know that it's possible to take the kids on the water without worrying about sun exposure. In fact, you can find partially covered options. But while there are plenty of businesses offering airboat rides in the Everglades, only one who offers partially covered boats. Everglades Holiday Park is conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale, and provides both covered and open-air airboats for the perfect experience. The sightseeing doesn't change either way, and you still come face-to-face with awesome wildlife - whether you're on a covered vessel or not.

Choose An Expert Captain For Airboat Safety

When planning an airboat tour with the family, it's also smart to think about who will be driving the boat. The right skilled captain with a proven track record of success and a long history exploring the ecosystem offers peace of mind and confidence to parents who are unfamiliar with the area and the animals. Airboat safety is nothing to take lightly, and ensuring your little ones have an exciting and safe adventure begins with choosing the right captain.

Consider Noise Protection and Life Vests for Airboat Safety

There's no compromising when it comes to airboat safety and noise protection is an important part of making sure the kids enjoy the trip safe and sound. The best airboat operators are familiar with Florida regulations and provide children under the age of 6 with life jackets and earplugs if needed. Airboats sure are fun, but they can be loud, and it's good to know there's protection available should you need it.

Are you considering an exciting journey through the Florida Everglades? Airboat safety is easy with some good information and a few tips. Plan your next day of fun at Everglades Holiday Park and rest assured you're in great hands!

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Interesting Truths About the Florida Everglades

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The state of Florida has something no other state in the union has - the Everglades. An extraordinary collection of unique plants and animals, it's easy to see why families visit from all over the world to learn about the Florida Everglades. Journeying through the wetlands is an experience unlike any other, filled with one-of-a-kind vegetation and exciting wildlife. Are you interested in learning more? Here are a few truths about the Florida Everglades and how the ecosystem contributes to South Florida and beyond.

No. 1: The Everglades is Actually a River

You're not alone if this first fact surprises you. The Everglades is actually a moving river that trickles North to South from Lake Okeechobee. And it's pretty impressive - sixty miles wide and a hundred miles long. Dubbed the "River of Grass", the wetland is much smaller than in years past, and as much as fifty percent of the habitat has been altered by urban sprawl and drainage projects.

No. 2: Alligators and Crocodiles Live Harmoniously

Another surprising fact about the Florida Everglades is that it's the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist in the wild. Crocs prefer to stay close to the coastal areas, while gators can be seen inland, near freshwater. The incredible and diverse ecosystem provides a home to both.

No. 3: Fire Plays an Important Role In Everglades Health

As Floridians, we're used to the occasional Everglades fire, and during the dry season, they're actually quite common. Fire plays a critical role in maintaining the health of the system, and the wet, murky waters depend on it to clear the way for a complex system of interdependent ecosystems.

No. 4: 7 Million Floridians Rely On the 'Glades for Drinking Water

In addition to providing shelter and protection to scores of wildlife, the largest subtropical wetland in North America also keeps Floridians hydrated with clean, fresh drinking water. That's one out of every three Floridians!

America's wetland is extraordinary for sure, and the 'glades is the perfect learning environment for thrill-seeking families, outdoorsmen and photographers. If you're interested in journeying through the ecosystem, and learning more about the Florida Everglades, please visit Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale for hour-long airboat tours, live alligator presentations and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and greet with Florida's finest.

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Florida's Alligator - Fantastic, Fun and Fearless

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The American Alligator

As a resident of the Sunshine State, sharing space with Florida's alligator is just another day in the life. We see them on the golf course, in swimming pools, even on our doorsteps from time to time. But few people understand why the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team works so hard to save this majestic creature. Luckily, at Everglades Holiday Park, we do, and that's exactly why we continue to offer crowds of excited onlookers the chance to meet and greet with Florida's most iconic resident every chance they get. Florida's alligator is indeed fantastic, a species that in many ways is misunderstood. If you're considering visiting the park to learn more about Florida's alligator, here's some information you may find interesting.

The Love of a Good Mom - Florida's Alligator Is Devoted

Say the word "alligator" and most people think vicious and mean - not a warm, caring mom. But interestingly, female gators are actually quite affectionate - particularly with their little ones. Did you know that the nurturing begins even before the babies are born? Female alligators help break open eggshells, assisting baby gators with the hatching process. Once hatching is complete, baby gators learn to swim right away and can even catch their own food. Yet despite being self sufficient, most newborn alligators stay close to mom because of the unwavering comfort and protection she provides.

Florida's Alligator Plays a Critical Role In the Everglades Ecosystem

More than just an interesting resident, Florida's alligator plays an important role in controlling the balance of wildlife and preservation of the Everglades ecosystem. Just by feeding and digging holes, they provide nourishment, refuge and shelter for many reptiles and marine animals. In wet season, when the Everglades is hot and humid, Florida's alligator digs deep holes to cool down. These same holes provide an important water source for other Everglades wildlife come drought season when the environment is barren.

Visiting With Florida's Alligator- A Threatened Species

The health of the Everglades is failing and Florida's alligator is a threatened species. Luckily, at the local, state and federal levels, interest groups and concerned citizens are raising awareness about the importance of protecting the ecosystem, giving families from all over the world to get the chance to meet and greet with the area's finest. Everglades restoration projects are underway, protecting one of the world's most memorable natural and cultural resources.

With a rich diversity of wildlife and plants, the "River of Grass" is a popular tourist spot and a family fun locale. Tourists can take narrated airboat tours, experience live alligator shows and more. A once in a lifetime adventure, hour-long airboat tours at Everglades Holiday Park put you up close and personal with the area's most exciting wildlife, including long legged wading birds, turtles, tropical snakes and of course, the star - Florida's alligator.

Are you ready to journey through America's wetlands? Home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale brings family fun and excitement together with invigorating airboat rides, live alligator presentations and more.

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The Best Time of Year to Explore the Everglades

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If you're planning a visit to the Sunshine State and you're looking to explore the Everglades, it might be worthwhile to understand a little about what to expect in different seasons. The best time of year to explore the Everglades really depends on what your goal is - and how much time you plan on staying. The good news is, Florida is fun any time of year, and with exciting wildlife and more, the Everglades is extraordinary whenever you visit. Nevertheless, there are some pretty unusual weather patterns. Here's what you should know.

Dry Season In the Everglades - December Through May

If you've ever heard anyone talk about the "dry season" in Florida, basically, they are referring to December through early May. During the winter months, the Everglades ecosystem goes through a drought period where little rain and mild temperatures define the environment. For tourists, this is great, making it the busiest time of year to visit the Everglades. During the dry winter season, it's not unusual to meet crowds of people wherever you travel throughout the sunshine state.

With cool, mild temperatures, Everglades wildlife are out and about, but may be moving a bit slower than normal. Alligators for instance, experience a biological slowdown and tend to be less active, but highly visible. Adventurous families looking to explore the Everglades enjoy taking narrated airboat tours while staying completely comfortable.

Wet Season In the Everglades - June Through November

On the other side of the coin, if you want to explore the Everglades, you should know about the "wet season". June through November the Everglades mirrors the tropical rainforest you learned about as a kid. On the up side, the crowds are very thin, and it's easier than ever to navigate the area without waiting in long lines, or feeling claustrophobic. For families with kids, late spring, early summer is ideal as most Everglades attractions are more enjoyable with less people. With plenty of room to explore, the Everglades are the perfect adventure during the wet season, as long as you can deal with frequent rains and high heat.

Come prepared with sunscreen and a hat, and you can explore the Everglades like a pro as tons of alligators roam about. An exciting thrill for nature enthusiasts and amateur wildlife photographers alike, Alligators enjoy an active mating period in the spring, and with summer months just ahead, the glades are getting ready to welcome cries of baby alligators getting ready to roam.

The Everglades habitat changes dramatically with the seasons, creating exciting differences between wet and dry periods. When is the best time of year to explore the Everglades? With exceptional weather in the winter, stunning photo opportunities in the spring and a unique adventure in the summer, it's always a great time to visit the everglades.

Looking for more information? Please visit www.evergladesholidaypark.com for narrated airboat tours, live alligator shows and a family fun adventure in Fort Lauderdale.

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Florida Summer Vacation Fun

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Families visiting the Sunshine State have plenty to do. With miles of extraordinary beaches, shopping and restaurants, there's never a dull moment. But when the kids need to be entertained, and you need some fresh ideas for Florida summer vacation fun, Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale delivers. If you're uncertain why you should plan a visit to the Everglades, or you're not familiar with what there is to do and see in the wetlands, here's some information you may enjoy.

A Nature Enthusiasts Paradise

The Florida Everglades is one of those picture perfect locales that you see in photographs and wonder, "where is that?" In fact, for centuries, artists, photographers and every day people like you and me have been visiting the 'glades to get a glimpse into what makes it so special. With scores of incredible plants and animals, it's hard not to see something extraordinary, and that's the beauty of the ecosystem - it's never the same no matter how many times you visit! A true nature enthusiast's paradise, the Everglades is jam packed with long-legged wading birds, tropical snakes, and reptiles. Yes, the American alligator is a favorite for sure.

Florida Summer Vacation Fun - Take an Adventurous Airboat Ride

If the scenery isn't enough, imagine zipping across the "River of Grass" on a flat-bottomed boat, and you've got the makings for unforgettable Florida summer vacation fun. Captains at Everglades Holiday Park are familiar with the area and zip in and out of murky waters in search of gators, otters, birds and all kinds of tropical inhabitants. Airboat tours are an hour long at the park, and for 60-minutes, it's non-stop action.

Come Visit With the Gator Boys for Florida Summer Vacation Fun

Everglades Holiday Park is also home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, and many of the alligators shown on Animal Planet's hit show are brought right here to the park. After an airboat ride, guests are ushered to the world famous "Gator Pit" for another 25 minutes of excitement as the guys and gals delight crowds with stunts, tricks and educational information about Florida's most interesting resident. For the price of an airboat tour, the kids can experience up close and personal what the stars of the Gator Boys do each and every day as they enjoy Florida summer vacation fun.

Vacationing in the sunshine state this year? Don't forget to check out Everglades Holiday Park, a must-do for Florida summer vacation fun! For more information, please visit www.evergladesholidaypark.com and book your adventure today!

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Summer Family Fun - the South Florida Way

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The Sunshine State is recognized for warm weather and sandy beaches. Creating summer family fun in South Florida is easy, and with wildlife encounters, speed boating and more, there's plenty to do. If fun is at the top of your list this summer, have you considered a family trip to the Everglades? Here's some information on what kind of summer family fun there is to be had in the Everglades - South Florida's most exciting natural attraction.

Zip Across the River of Grass Aboard an Airboat

Speed boating and summer family fun go hand in hand. If you're lucky enough to go boating often, you understand why it's a popular pastime However, if you haven't experienced an airboat ride, then you must try the coolest boats in South Florida. Airboats are fun because they don't have traditional engines, but are propelled by air - which can be loud, but incredibly fun! In the Everglades wetlands (where much of the water is shallow and murky) airboats are perfect, giving you the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to explore remote areas where most boats get stuck. See extraordinary things, meet Everglades wildlife and do it all from the convenience of a state-of-the-art vessel.

Take In a Live Alligator Presentation Featuring the Gator Boys

In Fort Lauderdale, Everglades Holiday Park is the official home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Team - a talented crew of guys and gals who handle gators, best known for their appearance on Animal Planet's hit show. The park provides a home to many of the nuisance gators rescued on the show, and guests delight in the chance to see them perform live in the world famous "Gator Pit". Alligator shows are complementary with the price of an airboat ride and jam-packed with daring stunts, cool tricks and more. Summer family fun in South Florida always includes a few alligator shows, and this is one you don't want to miss.

Summer Family Fun - Get Up Close and Personal With Everglades Wildlife

The Florida Everglades is where you'll find one of the best collections of unusual wildlife. There are over 300 different bird species alone, as well as snakes, otters, lizards and of course, scores of alligators. One look around and it's easy to see why the Everglades is the topic of so much creative photography and art. Long legged wading birds like the blue heron or roseate spoonbill sit on shore while alligators skim the surface of the murky waters, many close enough to touch! At Everglades Holiday Park, summer family fun is all about taking narrated airboat tours and snapping pictures of incredible sights.

After an hour on the water, the summer family fun continues as you return to the park for a live gator show and even more wildlife. Join Gator Girl Ashley Lawrence at the Animal Encounters exhibit where you can pose for a picture with your favorite animal. Hold a tegu, boa, baby alligator and more.

Ready for summer family fun in South Florida? Why not consider a trip to the state's most incredible natural attraction - the Florida Everglades. Plan your day of adventure with airboats, gators and exciting wildlife at www.evergladesholidaypark.com.

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Wild Animals In Florida – The Incredible Everglades

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Nature enthusiasts know better than most, the Everglades is one of the best places to see wild animals in Florida. A spectacular environment filled with tropical birds, reptiles and more, this is one destination that's sure to please. The Sunshine State is revered for iconic animals, and a trip through the wetlands is an exciting way to explore the unique flora and fauna of the area. Think you might be interested in journeying through the Florida Everglades? Here are a few reasons why you should.

Wild Animals In Florida are Iconic

Whether you're a professional photographer or just someone interested in viewing wild animals in Florida, the collection in the Everglades is without equal. Tropical birds like the Blue Heron, Ibis, Wood Stork and Roseate Spoonbill are extraordinary on film and a delight to see in person. With stunning colors, unique behaviors and an all-natural environment, viewing wild animals in Florida is a treat at any age.

How do you get out into remote sections of the Everglades? By airboat of course! Airboats are flat-bottomed vessels that can navigate shallow, murky water easily - and boy, are they fun! The perfect family fun adventure, exploring the Everglades by airboat should definitely be on the bucket list. And with gators, birds, turtles, snakes and more, there's never a dull moment.

Florida's Wildlife - Worth Our Protection

The state of Florida is home to a unique assortment of all kinds of incredible species. Conservationists understand the importance of preserving the wetlands to protect the state's wildlife resources. Countless birds and reptiles depend on the ecosystem for shelter and to raise their young - keeping it safe makes sense. Efforts to restore the "River of Grass" are top priority and if you visit, you'll understand why. The Everglades is recognized internationally as one of the world's most unique natural and cultural resources.

Enjoy Wild Animals In Florida with the Family

Families delight in visiting the Everglades, traveling from all over to enjoy wild animals in Florida with loved ones. In addition to having fun, a trip to the 'Glades is educational too! Parents are always excited to watch the kids experience firsthand some of the most important lessons of their generation - conservation and preservation efforts. With incredible wild animals in Florida, unique vegetation and more, it's a thrill from start to finish.

Visit Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale to get up close and personal with wild animals in Florida. Guests enjoy hour-long airboat tours, an exciting live alligator show and the chance to pose for a picture with their favorite Everglades animal! The park is also home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, giving fans of the show on Animal Planet an opportunity to meet and greet with the stars. With narrated airboat tours, gator shows and up close bird and wildlife animals in Florida, adventure seekers choose Everglades Holiday Park for fun in the sun!

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The Best Outdoor Adventure In Florida

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When it comes to the best outdoor adventure in Florida, it's tough to beat a day in the Everglades. Particularly if you have kids, journeying by airboat across the "River of Grass" and taking in a live alligator show tops the list for thrill seekers and adventurists. The Everglades offers some pretty impressive and awe-inspiring sights - one-of-a-kind-vegetation, exciting wildlife and more. For visitors of all ages, it's a once in a lifetime thrill to meet and greet with animals up close and personal. Looking for the best outdoor adventure in Florida? Here's where to start.

The Infamous "Gator Pit" at Everglades Holiday Park In Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Gator Boys from Animal Planet's reality show have made quite a name for themselves in the Sunshine State. Who are they? A team of talented guys (and girls), expert gator handlers in fact, who rescue nuisance alligators from residential areas in South Florida. Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale is the official home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, and it's the only place in the state where you can meet the team and watch a live show.

Narrated Airboat Tours Through the Everglades

Airboat tours are definitely on the list of the best outdoor adventure in Florida. A bird watchers paradise, the 'glades is home to sixteen different species of birds, making it nearly impossible not to see something fantastic. White ibis, heron, and roseate spoonbills are incredible in person, and make for fantastic pictures. Plus, in the wild, each tour is completely unique and there's always something new and exciting to see. There are several airboat tours to choose from, and when you purchase your EHP tickets for an hour-long tour the Gator Boys live show is complimentary! A captivating performance for sure, it's fun to see gators next to the boat and then meet and greet with them up close from the Gator Pit.

The Best Outdoor Adventure in Florida Begin at Everglades Holiday Park

More than sightseeing, a day trip to Everglades Holiday Park puts you front and center with exciting wildlife. Animal Encounters, hosted by Ashley Lawrence of the Gator Boys is a must do when you're looking for some exciting outdoor adventure in Florida. Have your picture taken with some of the Everglades coolest critters, like a baby alligator, Tegu or Boa and have lunch on the grounds. The park is conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale, making it easier than ever to experience the magic of Florida's most exciting natural attraction up close and personal.

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Say Hello to South Florida’s Coolest Resident - the American Alligator

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Reptiles are always pretty cool. In South Florida, we're lucky to have one of the most extraordinary - the American alligator. With close to a million gators throughout Florida, you're sure to cross paths with one or two if you spend even a little time in the sunshine state. Why is this iconic reptile so popular and what is it about alligators that make them so interesting? If you'd like to meet one, and you're interested in learning a little more about South Florida's most iconic resident, here's some information to get you started.

Kin to the Dinosaurs?

Over the years, most South Florida residents have come to realize that they share their home with one of the oldest reptiles on the planet. "Modern day dinosaurs" sounds like a stretch, but there is solid evidence to support the notion that alligators walked the Earth millions of years ago. The alligator genus entered evolution 37 million years ago, and the modern alligator may be the closest living relative! One of about twenty-five crocodilians in the world, the scientific name for the American alligator is Alligator mississippiensis, which includes gators found in China as well as a few tropical crocodiles and alligator-like caimans. Worldwide, gator population estimates are unknown, but scientists estimate there are approximately five million, with one million living in Florida alone.

Living Among the Alligators in South Florida

Like it or not, alligators are a part of life in South Florida and most long term residents coexist easily with gators. However, it's important to understand the critical role they play in not only maintaining the state's wetlands and ecosystem, but also, as part of Florida's heritage. Alligators are certainly dangerous creatures, but living among them is easy with a little common sense and respect. Peaceful existence comes from education. It's illegal to feed an alligator, and respecting the law is a first step in staying safe. Alligators don't want to hurt people, and while there are gator attacks, most will not become violent unless provoked or threatened. Knowledge goes a long way in staying safe and as population growth in Florida increases, staying informed is the key to happy coexistence.

Enjoying Alligators in the Florida Everglades

In addition to some of the most unique tropical vegetation in the world, the Florida Everglades is home to scores of American alligators. Adventurous families come from miles around to experience the 'glades in person and for good reason. With narrated airboat tours, live gator shows and incredible wildlife encounters, the Florida Everglades is easily the state's most exciting natural attraction. Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale offers hour-long narrated airboat rides followed by exciting gator shows in the world famous  "Gator Pit". With plenty to do and see, the Everglades is the premier destination in Florida for meeting the American alligator, and with exciting airboat rides, live gator shows and the original Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, Everglades Holiday Park is how to do it right.

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Three Prime Locations You'll Want to See on Your Airboat Ride

Three Prime Locations You'll Want to See on Your Airboat Ride  - Everglades Holiday Park

If you've been researching a vacation to the Everglades, you know by now that there's a ton to offer visitors of all kinds at the third largest National Park in the lower 48 states. The Everglades consists of wetlands, swamps, and vast wooded areas that houses hundreds of different animals and species. Rivers, lakes, and streams intertwine within the Southernmost part of Florida to entice both amateur and professional fishermen, and the vastly gorgeous coastline itself begs to be explored. Many Everglades frequenters make a habit of repeating their favorite activities over and over again – hiking, fishing, sight seeing, camping and exploring are all favorites! One of the most beloved activities, however, and one that the Everglades has become quite famous for, is airboat rides.

What better way to cruise and sightsee the wetlands than by zipping around at top speeds? The Everglades has become widely known as the “River of Grass”, so air boating is a way to ensure that you can get to even the most difficult to reach places by boat without any trouble at all. Our airboats have passenger compartments that will protect you from any weather – sunshine or rain – and will leave you safe and simply exhilarated when you take the ride of your life through the Everglades. You'll come face to face with unique and exciting animals, and an expert tour guide will ensure your safety the entire time. So – if you find yourself in the Everglades and wanting to have a little fun, sign up for an airboat tour and head to one of these three fantastic locations.

Alligator Alley Airboat Tours

Wondering what you might experience in Alligator Alley? It's all in the name. When you take an airboat tour with Everglades Holiday Park, you'll get an hour to venture into some of the deepest mangroves and ecosystems in South Florida, where wildlife is most abundant. The expert tour guides will know beyond the shadow of a doubt where to go, and will be helpful in educating you on the wildlife you come across. When you venture into Alligator Alley on an airboat tour, you'll come close to a number of alligators, learn more about the magnificent species, and maintain your safety at all times.

Explore the Mangroves

The Everglades is known for it's gorgeous mangroves that twist into tunnels over nearly every swamp and stream around. You'll feel the wind in your face as you take in the beautiful sights, and 60 miles per hour will feel amazing on your covered airboat in the heat of a South Florida Day. When you tour the Mangroves, your tour guide will point out wildlife, share stories and fun facts that you'd never know otherwise.

Traverse the Grasslands and the Swamps

Exploring the Mangrove and Alligator Alley will provide a unique experience, but adding a tour through the grasslands and forest surrounding will add significantly to the excitement. The lush landscape and the wildlife you'll take in will differ from that in the Alley, and then when you venture through the swamps you'll see even more. Wildlife varies across every Everglades ecosystem, so why not explore them all?

Everglades Holiday Park airboat rides are truly fun for the whole family. At an hour long and at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, you can be sure that you'll have the experience of a lifetime. Whether you explore Alligator Alley, zip through the Mangrove tunnels, or traverse the grasslands and swamps (or do all three!), you won't regret any amount of time spent with your family on an airboat, where you'll learn a ton and live life (safely) on the edge.

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Take to the Water – The Best Everglades Airboat Tours

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What if you could take an amazing journey across a river of grass surrounded by wild animals in their natural habitat – but all from the comfort of a covered airboat? Welcome to Everglades Holiday Park, home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue and family fun destination in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When it’s time to take to the water, climb aboard a state-of-the-art vessel for an unforgettable Everglades airboat ride. The ultimate airboat thrill awaits in the gorgeous Florida Everglades!

With fast speeds, fresh air and tons of excitement, Everglades airboat tours keep mom, dad and the kids energized with the sights and sounds of Florida’s finest ecosystem. It’s fast paced fun – the kind that keeps everyone on their toes. Don’t close your eyes, not even for second or you’ll miss some of the most amazing creatures, and Florida’s own ancestral dinosaur, the American alligator. It’s a thrilling experience for sure, but completely safe too. You’ll get up close and personal, but from the comforts of a covered boat.

Journey Deep Into the Florida Everglades On a 60-Minute Narrated Everglades Airboat Tour

Everglades airboat tours at Everglades Holiday Park are awesome – an experience to treasure forever and a thrill for the whole family! Sit back, relax and let the sights and sounds of nature surround you on a 60-minute narrated tour. Is it exciting? Absolutely! With top speeds of close to 60 miles per hour, airboats zip across the River of Grass, giving you and your family a once-in-a-lifetime experience to enjoy South Florida’s most exciting natural attraction – the unforgettable Florida Everglades! A tropical paradise filled with incredible wildlife (many endangered) and amazing vegetation, airboat tours at Everglades Holiday Park are extraordinary, there's nothing like it on earth.

An Educational Everglades Boat Adventure for All Ages

Who says learning has to be boring? Not the case with Everglades airboat tours. In fact, there’s so much to know about our history in the Everglades, it’s nearly impossible to see and hear everything in one visit. And that’s just as well, because folks who experience the Everglades ecosystem on an airboat tour always seem eager to come back! For parents looking to treat the kids to something educational and fun, airboat tours through the Everglades offer the best of both with an exhilarating ride and an intimate look into one of the most diverse and unique environments in the world. Whether you’re 9 or 99, the Everglades never disappoint!

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The Everglades in Florida has become well known for a few different things, and airboat tours is one of them. It's no wonder, when you consider the blast that families and people of all ages seem to have on them. At Everglades Holiday Park, we offer hour long airboat tours that'll leave your whole family grinning from ear to ear.

What You Can Expect from the Boat

Our flat bottom boats propelled by air reach top speeds of 60 miles per hour! Without the hinderance of water or obstacles, it really does feel like they fly. Our boats have passenger compartments that will keep you safe and, for the most part, dry, as you zip through the wetlands. In addition, our boats come equipped with an overhead shelter that will protect you and your family from any elements... rain, extreme sunshine and heat, and swooping wildlife. You can rest assured that 60 miles per hour in a shaded airboat in the heat of a South Florida day feels great!

Where You Can Expect to Go and What You'll See

The Everglades is full of different ecosystems... each boasting unique residential wildlife and plant life. We want to give you the full experience, not just part of one! A full experience means venturing through every possible ecosystem, viewing as much wildlife as possible, and learning all the while a little more about where you are. Our airboat tours will take you through the winding mangrove tunnels that line the swamps and streams; it'll take you through various grasslands and swamps; and it'll take you down rivers – specifically down Alligator Alley, known for its plentiful population of gators. Though wildlife is largely unpredictable, you have very high chances of seeing thousands of different types of animals and species on your tour. Crocodiles and alligators, snakes, birds, and other critters will likely pop up to say “hello” at every corner, and you'll be able to come extremely close while maintaining a safe distance from inside the airboat.

What You Can Expect from Your Tour Guide

When you book an airboat ride through Everglades Holiday Park, your tour guide isn't merely your airboat driver, he or she is there to enhance your experience completely. Yes, they are experts in navigating the air boat, after all – your safety is of the utmost importance! But even more, they're experts in the Everglades, and they're passionate about the nature and wildlife surrounding them. Our tour guides are always learning more in an effort to appease their own curiosity, and their goal is to be successful in sharing their knowledge with you in a relevant way on your tour. You can rest assured that you'll walk away from your air boat tour with a rich knowledge about the sights you took in. He or she will be able to share fun facts, stories, old folklore, and they'll be able to answer questions until your satisfaction. They love what they do, and they're there to serve you and to show you how beautifully unique the Everglades Park in Florida really is.

Who You Can Expect to Be on the Boat

Other than your tour guide, you may wonder who else will join you on your air boat tour. It's an important question, as we understand crowded tours aren't much fun for anyone. That's why we give you the option! You may choose to jump on board a random group tour, or perhaps you'll secure a private one for yourself and your family. Have a larger group? You can secure many seats for a group tour so that your entire group is able to go on one boat. There are many ways to do it, it's just a matter of making a reservation – most of which can be made same day.

Whatever you do, if you venture down to the Everglades Florida, don't skip out on the Everglades Holiday Park airboat tours.

Authentic, State-of-the-Art Airboats

South Florida is filled with airboats, but the best Everglades airboat tours are defined by comfort and performance. With the only covered airboats in the area, Everglades Holiday Park gives guests the option of exploring the sunny terrain under a canopy to stay protected from the weather. Comfort is key and premium airboats that are comfortable ensure your Everglades tour exceeds your expectations – guaranteed. With the finest fleet of airboats in the area, Everglades Holiday Park takes pride in offering authentic, high performing airboats for the most incredible Florida Everglades tour around.

The Most Experienced Airboat Captains In the Business

Highly-trained tour guides pilot our vessels, and that means you’ll learn about South Florida’s diverse ecosystem firsthand. Knowledgeable guides point out unique flora, fauna and all kinds of amazing sights.

Explore the breathtaking sawgrass wetland and journey deep into remote sections of the ‘glades, where many of the area’s most fascinating animals live and play. With years of hands-on experience, captains at Everglades Holiday Park are uniquely equipped to share details on everything you see. With intimate knowledge of the "glades" and surrounding ecosystem, captains ensure guests to the park see more on Everglades airboat tours at Everglades Holiday Park than anywhere else!

Our captains know exactly where to pilot the boats to bring you the most amazing sights! Once there, the engines are cut so as not to disturb the animals and that's when the alligators and other amazing wildlife begin to appear. It's truly awe-inspiring and an extraordinary learning experience for the kids.

Nature Enthusiasts, Thrill Seekers and Artists

Who would enjoy an Everglades airboat tour? For nature enthusiasts, taking in the fresh air scenery of the mangrove forest is simply inspirational. The sights and sounds of Everglades wildlife are stunning. Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbill and incredibly beautiful long-legged wading birds are as graceful as they are fascinating to see in person. A quiet retreat and peaceful sanctuary, exploring the pristine Everglades ecosystem by airboat is the well-deserved break you need from the hustle and bustle of a fast paced lifestyle.

If you're more of a thrill seeker, the adrenalin-charged experience of getting up close and personal with a real-live alligator is indescribable. Lock eyes with a ravenous 14-foot reptile and test your nerve as you wander through the wetlands swarmed with wildlife! Just be sure to keep your hands inside the boat at all times! Of course, airboat tours are completely safe, and Everglades Holiday Park is the only place in South Florida to find both covered and uncovered vessels, for the customized experience you deserve!

With a wealth of memorable attractions highlighting the best the Everglades has to offer, Everglades Holiday Park is a great place to spend the day. An extraordinary airboat journey awaits! Join us today!

Airboat Tours - Hours of operation

7 Days a Week: We open at 9AM (rain or shine)

  • Tours are 60 minutes in length, departing every 20 minutes.
  • Last boat (with gator show before tour) departs at 3:40PM
  • Last boat (without gator show) departs at 4:00PM

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Looking to Entertain the Kids? Explore the Everglades!

Looking to Entertain the Kids? Explore the Everglades   - Everglades Holiday Park

Keeping the kids entertained is rarely an easy task. While there are amusement parks, 3-D movies and day trips to the beach, if they’ve “been there, done that”, they’re not likely to stay entertained for long. This weekend, when the kids are looking around for something to do, why not let them explore one of South Florida’s most exciting natural attractions – the Everglades.

What is there to do and see in America’s wetland? How about getting up close and personal with exciting wildlife, taking a fast boat ride and witnessing an awe-inspiring live alligator show? Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale has all this and more – in one convenient location! Take the family on an adventure they’ll treasure forever with a few hours of good old-fashioned fun hanging with the crew from the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue at Everglades Holiday Park.

Meet and Greet With Everglades Wildlife

How often do you get the chance to lock eyes with a ten-foot alligator? How about witnessing a brightly colored Roseate Spoonbill snatch a fish from the shallow water? Wildlife viewing in the Everglades is spectacular, and exactly why the area is such a popular sightseeing locale. With over 360 different species of birds, 50 plus reptiles, and over 40 different mammals, the Everglades are brimming with exciting sights and sounds.

Weather conditions are typically pleasant during the dry season – December through April, making it a great time to spot wildlife. Because water levels are lower during this time, many animals can be seen easily, making a trip through the Everglades extra fun. Alligators, wading birds and other freshwater animals congregate in groups, giving spectators the opportunity to snap pictures. The perfect habitat for amphibians, reptiles and more, the River of Grass is a fantastic place to stop and listen to the sounds of nature.

Everglades birds are iconic, having become the subject of much creative art over the years. Whether you’re an artist in search of inspiration or just a casual observer, you’ll delight in watching scores of birds dot the landscape. In the ‘glades alone, 360 different species of birds have been identified, falling into three distinct categories: birds of prey, wading birds and land birds. Wading birds are fun to watch in person – the white ibis, woodstork and great egret are often seen on Everglades tours. Bird enthusiasts, nature explorers and folks just out for an exciting adventure delight in watching the antics of these amazing creatures.

Believe it or not, the American alligator is one of over 50 different reptiles living in the Everglades! Snakes, including the Eastern Diamondback and Florida Cottonmouth live among iguanas, geckos, snapping turtles, box turtles and more. Over 40 mammals can be found wandering the area, including the bobcat, white tailed deer, raccoons, fox, river otters and the elusive Florida panther.

Airboating Anyone?

The easiest way to tour the amazing Everglades is by airboat – flat bottomed vessels propelled by giant aircraft engines. Airboats glide easily through the shallow water of the ‘glades, never disturbing the animals. But with up close and personal access to wildlife, an airboat tour through the Everglades is one of the most exciting ways to explore the wetlands. Most tours in the area are relatively short, but Everglades Holiday Park offers 60 minutes – a full hour of exploration and adventure. Plus, with experienced captains to navigate, you’re sure to see all kinds of amazing flora and fauna. Kids of all ages love the excitement of zipping through the water at speeds close to 60 miles per hour, and with frequent stops to meet and greet the wildlife, it’s the best of both worlds.

Airboating anyone? - Everglades Holiday Park
Worried about the hot Florida sun? Don’t be. Vessels at the park are offered in one of two ways – completely open or partially covered for guests who want to have a little shade to shelter from the heat or sun. Whichever airboat you choose, it’s nearly impossible not to see everything as the ecosystem surrounds you from every angle. But be prepared, because alligators often come very close to the edge of the boat, giving guests the opportunity to snap one-of-a-kind pictures. And it’s a common sight to see a Purple Gallinule fly over and land on your captain’s shoulder in anticipation of a stray piece of popcorn or two.

Live Alligator Shows Featuring the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue

A trip to the Everglades wouldn’t be complete without a live gator show! With the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team on site, Everglades Holiday Park is the best place to experience an alligator show in South Florida! The crew is best known for their appearance on Animal Planet’s hit reality show, The Gator Boys, and many of the rescued gators from the show live in the world famous “Gator Pit” at the park. Guests who purchase airboat tickets are invited to watch a complementary show featuring someone from the team each day.

What can you expect to see and learn from an alligator show at Everglades Holiday Park? How about fun facts and interesting information about the American alligator, or a demonstration on how the Seminole Indian tribe used to catch live alligators? Plus, there’s no shortage of excitement, as the crew is always ready and willing to display the strength and grace of our favorite reptiles by performing a few crowd-pleasing tricks and stunts. Don’t try this at home!

The Florida Everglades is an awe-inspiring natural attraction – a fantastic wetland filled with exciting animals, unique vegetation and more. A family friendly locale and educational experience the whole family will enjoy, make your plans to visit the state’s shining gem today by visiting www.evergladesholidaypark.com

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Step into the Show at the Everglades Gator Park

Everglades Gator Park

South Florida is famous for its national park that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The Everglades is the third largest national park in the lower 48 states, and boasts many different types of ecosystems, mangroves, wetlands and coastlines – each that offer activities and wildlife unique to the specific area. Everglades Holiday Park is a hub for Everglades activities, and offers top notch entertainment for the entire family.

Perhaps the most famous creature in the Everglades is the alligator, the ancient beast that continues to reign supreme today in South Florida. Everglades Holiday Park recognizes that alligators are a sight to behold, and here, we strive to give you a complete Everglades experience that leaves you feeling like you've seen all there is to see, gators included. For that reason, we've created numerous opportunities for you to come into close contact with these gators – all safely, of course.

See Them in their Natural Habitat

The Everglades is dotted with creeks, streams, rivers and swamps that sit amongst mangroves and grasslands – perfect territory for the admired alligator. There are so many ways you can tour the wetlands in order to see these beings in their habitat... take a guided boat tour through a swamp, hike the lands with a guide, or – best of all – opt for an airboat tour. Simply stated, no trip to the Everglades is complete without an airboat tour, and you won't regret taking one when you realize just how up close and personal you'll get with the alligators in their natural habitat. Expert tour guides will lead you through Alligator Alley, where you'll likely see hundreds of gators sunbathing and resting on logs and rocks surrounding. Everglades Holiday Park believes firmly in conserving natural wetlands and preserving them without disturbing the inhabitants, so we're thrilled to give you a glimpse of what wild life is really like in the Everglades without any sort of manmade alteration.

See Them Up Close

The airboat tour will give you a taste of gator life, though you won't have an opportunity to get too up close and personal (after all – these are alligators in the wild!) But, we know that sometimes you just want to be as close as possible in a more controlled environment, which is why we also pride ourselves on our gator shows, which take place after every air boat ride. At our famous gator shows, you'll witness an educational and exciting show that features the power and intelligence that these reptiles possess. Get excited – you'll be a witness for some exciting stunts, hear some spectacular stories, and walk away with a greater knowledge of the primitive species having heard some mind blowing facts about why they are the way they are, and what they can do.

They're Family Friendly

Are you worried that big brother will be bored? Worried that little sister will be scared? We can assure you, mom and dad, that the Gator shows at Everglades Holiday Park are fun for the whole family. There will be fun and unusual facts for people of all ages, tricks and silly jokes for the young visitors, and at the end – every visitor will have an opportunity to hold a baby alligator in this experience of a lifetime. It simply doesn't matter how old you are, you'll be up close and personal with the gators in a safe, comfortable and natural way, and there's simply no replacing that kind of family fun.

Gator Show Schedule

If you're in Everglades Holiday Park, catch a gator show anytime! We put them on 7 days a week, from 9 in the morning until 5 in the evening. Buy tickets in advance to receive a discount on the airboat tour and educational gator show!

There's no doubt about it, you cannot visit the Everglades without spending some time with the gators – to do that would be to miss out on a classic Everglades experience! Go with Everglades Holiday Park for your airboat gator tour and a gator show that will get you so close to the species and having so much fun, that you simply won't want to leave!

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See It All When You Rent an Everglades Boat

Rent and Everglades Boat - Everglades Holiday Park

South Florida is comprised predominantly of wetlands – swamps, marshes, lakes, rivers and streams leading to the coast, surrounded by wet grasslands and mangroves that house some of the most unique wildlife on the planet. To consider going to the Everglades without renting a boat is to consider missing out on nearly everything that the park has to offer. Would you venture deep into the wilderness without a four wheel drive vehicle to get you where you need to go? Likely not, so why would you approach the wet lands on a sight seeing journey without a boat? Curious as to what your options are, and what you can do with them? Allow us to lay it all out for you!

Rent a Boat on the Coast

South Florida is famous for its pristine beaches and beautiful coast lines, so don't miss out on an experience to explore that side of the Everglades as well! The coast of Florida is a fisherman's dream with fish that are a thrill to catch and tasty to devour. The sightseer will be happy with the landscape – to take in the sights, smells, and wind on the water. Birds, unique species of fish and other animals abound on the coast. If you're interested in fishing only, consider renting a boat and hiring a guide to go with you. Locals will help instruct you on where to go to make the most of your experience!

Rent a Boat on Freshwater

The freshwater areas are vast and plentiful, also great for fishing and sightseeing. A different kind of wildlife can be found here – birds, reptiles, gators and other animals are unique and a thrill to come across! Gators can be spotted sunbathing on logs and on the shores of rivers and some lakes, and snakes can be found swimming along the streams and in and out of creek beds. Fish the lakes, rivers, creeks and swamps for bass and brim, catfish and other indigenous species. Spots on Lake Okeechobee are swimming with massive fish that are great for pulling in for sport or for dinner. Similar to saltwater fishing, always keep in mind that renting a boat and hiring a guide is a legitimate proposition for freshwater fishing as well. A guide who's lived in and around the Everglades most of his life will take you to the fishing holes that nobody else knows about, as long as you have a boat to get there.

Rent an Airboat in the Everglades

Perhaps the best way to see the Everglades is from an airboat. These flat bottomed boats skid across flat waters, and may be propelled by air up to 60 miles per hour! Though licenses and certifications are required to drive them, boats are rentable with a driver, and are certainly no waste of money. On an airboat, you can traverse the wet lands – zipping down streams, through swamps and creeks and up rivers, winding in and out of the eco-systems and mangroves that surround the waters. You'll see more wildlife this way, as the airboat permits greater access to the heart of the Everglades, access that isn't possible by regular boat, by car, by foot or by quad. Air boats are rentable through Everglades Holiday Park; you can reserve an entire boat for your group, opt for one of the park's airboat tours that ends with a gator show, or rent a smaller, private air boat for you and your family.

The Airboat Tour

If you opt for the airboat tour through Everglades Holiday Park, you'll have access to the heart of the Everglades, as we take you down Alligator Alley, where you'll see gators and other unique wildlife in plenty. Each tour is one hour long, and after you dock we'll take you to our gator show, where your gator tour will launch to the next level as you're allowed to get really up close and personal. Our gator shows are educational, fun, funny, interesting, and great for the whole family. Not only will you hear from passionate professionals on the primitive species, but you'll have an opportunity to see stunts and tricks, and even hold a baby alligator yourself. All of this comes included when you rent an airboat for your Everglades Holiday Park airboat tour!

So, it really is a no brainer – if you venture down to South Florida to visit the Everglades, you're doing yourself a major disservice to forgo a boat rental. Explore the coastal waters with a salt water boat, skim the waters of the rivers and lakes with a fresh water skiff, and zip across the wetlands and swamps with an airboat... you won't regret it when you walk away having had the experience of a lifetime!

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The Florida Everglades: Insider Tips

The Florida Everglades: Insider Tips - Everglades Holiday Park

If you’re ready to experience the Florida Everglades, but you’re unsure where to begin, you’re not alone. Millions of visitors to the Sunshine State look forward to visiting with Florida’s amazing wildlife and unique vegetation, but miss tons of exciting opportunities because they failed to have a plan. Take a few minutes to read about the best places to go – key spots to spend your time. Here are some of the best ideas for where to go and what to do in the Everglades – Florida’s most exciting natural attraction.

Everglades Activities

Hiking the Anhinga Trail – A Boardwalk of Adventure The Anhinga Trail in Royal Palm is a definite “must do” and great place to see a variety of alligators and wading birds, like Roseate Spoonbill, Anhinga, Great Egret, Wood Stork, Cormorants and more. With a paved boardwalk, the Anhinga Trail makes it easy to stroll through the Everglades at your own pace – while marveling at the unique sights. If the Anhinga Trail is too busy, or if a longer hike is the goal, the Everglades offers plenty of challenging trails with extraordinary views to keep you on your toes.

Canoe and Kayak Trails - Gliding along the River of Grass without making a sound is one of the most rewarding ways to experience South Florida’s wildlife. Everglades National Park has a variety of canoe and kayak trails through freshwater marsh and mangrove forests that make the perfect afternoon of exploration. Witnessing the wonders of the Everglades by canoe or kayak is a unique adventure, and an exciting way for outdoor enthusiasts to spend a few hours away from the hustle and bustle. Whether you’re in for a quick trip or geared up for a several day adventure, fantastic trails are available.

Spectacular Bird Watching - Everglades birds are extraordinary for sure, and easily one of the most coveted images of the area. Tropical birds can be seen throughout the Everglades, and choosing the perfect destination for birding is really a matter of finding an area that’s most convenience and close to other activities you plan on doing while visiting. As for the perfect season, you really can’t go wrong anytime of year in the Everglades. Remember, while summer is a little more humid, many birds enjoy the frequent rains, ands can be seen quite easily in the morning and early afternoon.

World Renowned Fishing - One third of Everglades National Park is covered by water, and that means fantastic fishing opportunities! If you enjoy angling, you’ll delight in knowing that the Everglades is a renowned fishing destination for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. With everything from large mouth bass to snapper, trout, redfish, bluegill and more, there’s something for everyone. While there are designated boat ramps throughout for creating your own adventure, guided fishing tours offer amateurs and those new to the sport the opportunity to fish like the pros in one of the most extraordinary ecosystems in the world.

Private Airboat Tours - What’s more exciting than viewing the flora and fauna of the amazing Everglades in private on a narrated tour specifically designed for you? Imagine a birthday or anniversary present – the most intimate adventure on a fully guided, private airboat tour through the Everglades! Reservations can be made in advance for this once in a lifetime opportunity. A narrated airboat tour for you and your special guests is a V.I.P. experience not to be missed!

The Essential Everglades Experience - Everglades Holiday Park

The Essential Everglades Experience – Everglades Holiday Park

If spying on wildlife by immersing yourself in the middle of the action is your goal, then an airboat ride at Everglades Holiday Park is the solution. Guests looking for adventure visit the park to experience the area like a true gladesman, complete with an hour-long airboat tour, live alligator show and up close and personal animal encounters. Families with children, senior citizens and outdoor enthusiasts delight in the essential Everglades experience with the crew at Everglades Holiday Park!

Plus, as a bonus, the park is also home to the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue – the one and only crew who made the Animal Planet reality show, The Gator Boys a hit. Live shows are complementary with the purchase of an airboat tour and boats leave the docks every 20 minutes starting at 9 am. The perfect family fun adventure, a day trip to Everglades Holiday Park is not only exciting, but also, an educational treat they’ll remember forever. Guests to the park are encouraged to take in the destination fully by visiting the Gator Bites Café for a delicious bite to eat. With small snacks, sandwiches and popular staple items, it’s a treat to grab lunch and sit under the shade of the banyan trees. With plenty of green grounds and extraordinary views, just relaxing is an adventure at Everglades Holiday Park!

When you’re ready to explore the Everglades, it’s never a bad idea to have a few ideas in mind. With hiking, kayaking, birding, fishing, airboating and more, Florida’s most exciting natural attraction can’t let you down. And that’s true whether you’re in it for the education or just a few hours of fun.

If you’d like to learn more about how to book an exciting airboat tour and alligator show at Everglades Holiday Park, please visit us online at www.evergladesholidaypark.com or call 954-434-8111 today!

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