Folks come from all over the world to explore the Florida Everglades. A pristine ecosystem filled with endangered wildlife, fantastic plants and more, touring the environment is a thrill for all ages, and educational too. But for many people, making plans to tour the Everglades isn’t always easy – and if you’re visiting from out of town and staying at a hotel, transportation can be a challenge. That’s why we created the Everglades VIP tour. What does it entail? Here’s a glimpse into why VIP packages at Everglades Holiday Park are so popular and what you can expect when you explore the ‘glades in style.
Leave the Driving to Us – Hassle Free and Convenient Round Trip Transportation
Maybe you’re unfamiliar with South Florida and don’t want the hassle of driving to the Everglades from your location. Maybe you’re staying at a hotel and have no transportation even if you wanted to visit the park. Here’s where the Everglades VIP package can help. We’ll pick you up from your hotel or named destination (in an awesome ride of course) and shuttle you to the park. When your day is over, we’ll return you home. It’s easy and convenient, hassle free, and exactly why so many people choose the VIP option. When you leave the planning to us, you’ll have more time and energy to enjoy the adventure that awaits – the most exciting natural attraction in South Florida.
What To Expect After Arriving for your Everglades Airboat Tour Adventure at Everglades Holiday Park
After you arrive at the park, we’ll escort you to a state-of-the-art airboat where you’ll meet your captain, and climb aboard for an hour long narrated tour through the wetlands. Traveling at speeds close to 60 miles per hour, airboat rides are a thrill, but with unparalleled sightseeing, there are photo opps around every corner! Our airboats are the best in the industry – completely safe for all ages and partially covered too, giving you the option to avoid full sun exposure. We’ll provide you with ear protection, make you comfortable and point you to the River of Grass, where you’ll spend the next 60 minutes exploring the flora and fauna of this magical ecosystem.
Captains at Everglades Holiday Park are expert gladesman with intimate knowledge of the area. They know exactly where to stop the boat for you to get up close and personal with all kinds of interesting wildlife in a natural habitat. What can you expect to see? How about a bright pink Roseate Spoonbill craning its neck for a fish, or an Eagle diving for food. Of course, there are plenty of alligators in the Everglades too! With close to 200,000 of them, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see a few of them too!
Your captain will surely keep you entertained with stories about the ‘glades and interesting information about the animals and the ecosystem before returning you to the docks for the next part of your Everglades VIP tour – the alligator presentation.
Meet the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Team – An Exciting Live Alligator Show
South Florida is well known for its gators, but no one captures the attention of a crowd quite like the Gator Boys from Animal Planet. Everglades Holiday Park is the only place in South Florida where you can meet the team and watch them perform live in the world famous Gator Pit. Kids, adults and anyone looking for a fantastic show raves about the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team. They’re daring, informative and a thrill to see in person. While it’s not likely that you’ll get an invitation to enter the Pit with the team, you will be given the opportunity to meet with them after the show for autographs and pictures.
Can you touch a real alligator? We can do better than that! The next stop on your VIP tour puts you front and center with Ashley and Jules at the Animal Encounters exhibit, where you can hold and pose for a picture with all kinds of Everglades wildlife. Yes, we have alligators for you to hold – babies of course! If all this fun makes you hungry, we’ll direct you to the Gator Bites Café, where you can purchase a wide variety of snacks, sandwiches and more to eat under the Banyan trees overlooking the Everglades. Rest, relax and take in the incredible view. When your adventure ends, you’ll be escorted to your shuttle for a comfortable, relaxing ride back to your destination.
If you’re lucky enough to be a native of this gorgeous state, more than likely you’ve heard your share of fantastic stories about the wonders of the Florida Everglades. As the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, there’s much to see, and that’s exactly why Florida residents have the advantage. But if you’re from out of town, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Everglades in style on an Everglades VIP tour from Everglades Holiday Park where you’ll get front row tickets to one of the most spectacular natural attractions on Earth.
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South Florida’s Dealicious Mom blogger Stephanie Coligan and her family were impressed on their recent trip to Everglades Holiday Park in Davie, Florida, affirming this spot “should be on everyone’s bucket list”. Visitors might be new to this subtropical wetland, but Everglades Holiday Park is frequented by locals who agree it is a great way to spend a sunny South Florida day.
Everglades Holiday Park lets you experience the beauty of South Florida’s largest remaining subtropical wilderness, giving you a true taste of this treasured natural attraction. With over 1.5 million acres of marshland, swamps, and mangrove forests, Everglades Holiday Park takes you directly to the exotic creatures to view them in their most natural habitat.
Calling it a “must- do” attraction, Coligan and her family spent the day observing exotic birds, iguanas, and alligators in their own environment on Captain Rick’s airboat “Battleship”. The guides at Everglades Holiday Park know all of the hot spots for viewing, and have close relationships with some of the gators, even summoning them by name.
Coligan and her family were fascinated by how close Everglades Holiday Park’s Gator Boys come in contact with these intimidating creatures during their informative shows. Her kids were able to get their picture taken while holding baby alligators and pythons; the perfect souvenir for their trip.
Everglades Holiday Park offers private boat tours, boat rentals, summer camps, birthday parties, and animal encounters. Visit Everglades Holiday Park before January 3, 2017 and enjoy $4 OFF one Adult’s Airboat Tour Ticket and $2 OFF one Child’s Ticket. Children 3 and under are always free!This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .
When most people think of the Florida Everglades, snakes are probably not the first image that comes to mind. With over 250,000 alligators, scores of wading birds and plentiful fish, the ‘glades is the place to be for extraordinary wildlife viewing. But among the lush subtropical landscape, there are some pretty incredible snakes lurking about that often go unnoticed.
Currently, there are over 50 species of snakes in the state of Florida, and 23 of them can be found in the Everglades. If you’re planning to visit the area or just interested in learning more about the amazing snakes of the Everglades, including which ones to avoid, here’s some information to get you started.
The Florida Everglades offers an exciting opportunity for families and outdoor enthusiasts to get up close and personal with nature and unique wildlife. Snakes are a major part of the experience and important inhabitants of the Everglades ecosystem. Most snakes that visitors encounter on a journey through the Everglades are non-venomous, and a guided everglades airboat tour makes it easy to take pictures, explore and enjoy the wetlands without worrying about a dangerous encounter. Many different snakes roam the area, and out of the over 20 different species who call the Everglades home, only 4 are venomous.
Non-Venomous Everglades Snakes
Eastern Indigo Snake - A non-venomous snake recognized by its lustrous black color, the Eastern Indigo snake is the longest native snake in the United States. Coming in at a whopping 9 feet on average, this Everglades snake is a sight to see! Preferring drier habitat, many of these creatures take shelter in hollow logs found throughout the area. Although the Indigo snake must endure commercial expansion and habitat degradation, it thrives within the confines of Everglades National Park’s pine and tropical hardwood forests.
Florida Brown Snake - On the opposite side of the scale from the Indigo, the Florida Brown snake is one of the smallest snakes in the Everglades. Measuring in at a mere 10 inches as an adult, Brown snakes can be seen feeding on small insects, frogs and spiders. Florida Brown snakes depend on the wet swamps and marshes that define the Everglades, and despite dealing with habitat threats, play a critical role in sustaining the health of the ecosystem.
Eastern Garter Snake - With three very long yellow stripes running down the length of its body, the Eastern Garter snake is easy to spot. Garter snakes prefer moist, grassy environments, making the Everglades ideal. They also prefer warm sunny weather, and feed happily on worms, fish and small toads.
Rat Snake - The Rat Snake is easily one of the most beautiful snakes in the world, defined by bright, tropical coloring. Elusive in the Everglades, the Rat snake doesn’t make an appearance often, but when they do, provide spectacular imagery to catch on film.
Burmese Python - Classified as an invasive species, the Burmese Python is one of the 5 largest snakes in the world, averaging 10-18 feet in length. Native to Southeast Asia, pythons have made their way to the Everglades mostly through abandonment and importation (which has since been banned by the U.S. Department of the Interior). They prefer grassland marshes and swamps, and feed on a diet of birds and mammals.
Venomous Everglades Snakes
There are venomous snakes in the state of Florida and 4 currently reside in the Everglades:
- Florida Cottonmouth
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
- Coral Snake
- Pygmy Rattlesnake
Florida Cottonmouth - As North America’s only venomous water snake, the Florida Cottonmouth, also called the water moccasin can be found in shallow marshes sunning itself in the Everglades. Incredibly strong swimmers, the Cottonmouth can grow to 6 feet in length and is identified by a thick body and distinctive block-shaped head.
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake - Another venomous snake found in the Everglades is the notorious Diamondback Rattlesnake. As the largest rattlesnake in North America, Diamondbacks have been known to reach over 8 feet in length. Although a bite from a Diamondback can be dangerous, they are typically not aggressive, preferring to warn would-be threats with a characteristic rattle rather than a strike. Diamondbacks often live underground, and are skillful swimmers.
Coral Snake - The Coral snake is gorgeous to look at with bright red, yellow and black colors forming intricate patterns on the skin. Despite bright colors, Coral snakes are tough to spot as they prefer to stay underground and are not likely to make an appearance. A bite from a Coral snake is rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of all snakebites each year. Nevertheless, this snake is highly venomous and one strike could be fatal.
Pygmy Rattlesnake - Pygmy Rattlesnakes spend most of their time hidden, and as a result, are extremely difficult to spot. Identified by nine large scales on the top of the head, Pygmy Rattlesnakes are slighter smaller than traditional rattlers, measuring in at an average of 14-22 inches in length. While they can be found in a variety of habitats, they prefer marshes and swamps.In Conclusion
Snakes are an important part of the Everglades ecosystem, helping to maintain balance and equilibrium in the wetlands. Many snakes feed on smaller insects and bugs that damage the area, while others actually eat other venomous snakes! By helping to control the rodent population in the ‘glades and providing food for many other reptiles like alligators and birds, we welcome snakes as part of the extraordinary collection of spectacular wildlife that inhabit our lands.
Ready to explore the Everglades by airboat tour? If you’re searching for an exciting adventure for the entire family, be sure to visit www.evergladesholidaypark.com for more details on how you can book an invigorating tour through the magical Florida Everglades today!This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .