Round Out Your Vacation with a Day Trip to Everglades Holiday Park

Round Out Your Vacation with a Day Trip to Everglades Holiday Park  - Everglades Holiday Park

South Florida is a premier location for families, professionals and retirees looking for some fun. With world-renowned beaches, fantastic dining and scores of entertainment options, it’s easy to see why vacations begin and end in the Sunshine State. But if your plans include the popular city of Fort Lauderdale and you’re looking for a creative way to spend a few hours, have you considered exploring the Everglades? With family friendly airboat tours, exciting alligator shows and more, here’s how to round out your vacation with a day trip to Everglades Holiday Park.

Ready for an Airboat Tour?

A trip to the Florida Everglades wouldn’t be complete without an invigorating and educational everglades airboat tour through the River of Grass. Everglades Holiday Park is a favorite destination for adventure seekers simply because we offer the longest airboat rides in the area, as well as the only covered airboats. Florida sunshine can be brutal, and guests to the park love the idea of having a covered boat to make the experience as comfortable as ever. Of course, we do offer uncovered boats as well, for anyone excited to bask in the warm rays.

Meet and Greet with the Critters

One of our most popular attractions at the park is Animal Encounters, an intimate and safe way for guests of all ages to hold one of the many animals that call the Everglades home. Animal handlers at Everglades Holiday Park are experts too, meaning visitors can learn about each animal’s contribution to the ‘glades ecosystem. Animal Encounters encourages guests of all ages to hold their favorite critter while posing for a picture to take as a keepsake and memory of the experience. Snakes, turtles, exotic birds and more are fascinating to see up close in person— and we love the idea of letting nature create a classroom for all.

Experience the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue in Person

The always entertaining crew from the Gator Boys set up shop right here at Everglades Holiday Park, performing live shows every day. The world famous Gator Pit is home to some of our favorite gator friends, who love to show off for crowds. The work of the Gator Boys is an important element of the park, and shows are purely educational in nature, with no harm done to any of the animals. In fact, the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue is exactly that—a rescue mission, with the goal of saving as many gators as possible, providing a sanctuary and safe space for them to live out their lives. Guests to the park get firsthand accounts of what makes these amazing animals are favorite reptiles in Florida and how the gang works each and every day to keep them healthy and strong.

If a trip to Fort Lauderdale is in your future, why not stop by Everglades Holiday Park for the chance to see the “other” side of South Florida. With hour-long airboat tours, exciting gator shows and more, a day spent exploring Florida’s most exciting natural attraction is a day you’ll treasure forever.

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Nonnative Plants Threaten Native Plants in the Everglades

Nonnative Plants Threaten Native Plants in the Everglades - Everglades Holiday Park

The Everglades is home to various ecosystems, providing optimal growing conditions for thousands of different trees, plants, and flowers. This vegetation has played a key role for thousands of years, providing not only food, but also shelter for the animals that inhabit the Everglades. Plants native to the Everglades contribute to the food chain, help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, provide fiber, and sustain life throughout this 1.5-million-acre wilderness.

Though it may seem harmful at first, exotic plants invading the Everglades can cause very harmful effects to the ecosystems within. After direct habitat destruction, invasions of nonnative plants are the second greatest threat to native species. When plants are brought to the Everglades, they are brought out of their historical natural range, but will continue to try to direct the natural life of its surrounding organisms. Nonnative plants can radically alter the natural soil chemistry, amount of light, and temperature of the area it invades. Not to mention, chemicals in the plant can destroy the growth of other plants native to the Everglades, which have been serving a vital role for years. Nonnative plants can also smother large areas, disrupt natural water flow, and serve as a platform for fire to travel through the Everglades. Once these exotic plants invade the Everglades, their seeds spread and continue to create problems which harm the ecosystems and effect the marine and wildlife.

The importance of plants native to the Everglades is a crucial aspect that Everglades airboat tours always take into consideration. The benefit of Everglades National Park airboat tours is that they glide over the terrain, making sure to not harm plants native to the Everglades. Everglades Holiday Park works to preserve the plants that are native to the area; to keep them alive, thriving, and beautifully working for our planet and atmosphere.

Everglades National Park takes the threat of nonnative plants in the Everglades very seriously. Learn more about the importance of plants native to the Everglades and how you can help combat this issue on your tour of Everglades Holiday Park.

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Unique Facts About the Everglades

Unique Facts About the Everglades - Everglades Holiday Park

Spanning over 1.5 million acres of south Florida, Everglades National Park is a giant subtropical safe haven for a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The Everglades consists of multiple ecosystems that sustain a thriving, diverse wildlife in South Florida.

Before you head over to enjoy an Everglades airboat tour, check out a few facts about the Everglades:

  • Everglades National Park was established in 1947 to preserve the biological diversity and resources of the South Florida wetlands.
  • The Everglades is home to the Florida Panther, one of the most endangered species on earth. There are currently less than 100 remaining.
  • There are at least nine different ecosystems that work together to sustain life in the Everglades. These include coastal mangroves, pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks, and freshwater marl prairies.
  • These ecosystems compose the most important breeding grounds for tropical wading birds on the continent.
  • In 1946, oil was discovered in the Shark Valley Region of the Everglades, but due to low quality and lack of technological capabilities, drilling never took place.
  • The Everglades is the only place in the world where the American alligator and the American Crocodile coexist. Crocodiles are typically spotted in the sandier coastal areas, whereas alligators are more typically found inland, but both can be seen during a local Everglades airboat tour.
  • Thick sawgrass covers much of the Everglades terrain; and while it may look soft, the razors can cut through your clothing.
  • The Everglades National Park is the 3rd largest national park behind Yellowstone and Death Valley.
  • The Everglades is the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America and the largest mangrove ecosystem in Western Hemisphere.
  • The Everglades is often referred to as a “swamp”, but in reality it is a giant, slow moving river.
  • Nearly 8 million Floridians rely on the Everglades for their daily water supply.
  • Covering over 1.5 million acres, the Everglades is currently at half of its original size.
  • Mosquitos are not considered a nuisance to the Everglades; they are essential to the food chain. Mosquito larvae provides food for the fish that are food for the birds of the Everglades.

To learn more facts about the Everglades, journey across the river of grass on an Everglades Holiday Park airboat tour.

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The Gator Boys Live to Rescue

The Gator Boys Live to Rescue - Everglades Holiday Park

With jaws that contain nearly 3,500 pounds of crushing power, reaching up to 15 feet long and weighing almost 1,000 pounds, alligators are not an animal anyone wants to come into contact with.

For thousands of years, these reptiles ruled the land as one of the most ferocious predators in Florida, and they continue to battle with man over territorial rights. Unfortunately for Floridians, alligator sightings are quite common, especially in vicinities close to the Everglades. It is no surprise when residents find an alligator in their backyard or on canal banks near their home, since alligators frequently wander away from their inhabited terrain. When Floridians find themselves in close quarters with these dangerous local natives, they call Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle, the Gator Boys Alligator rescue team to come save the day.

The Gator Boys are masters at handling South Florida wildlife, with expert skills ranging from snake wrangling to alligator wrestling. The team is very familiar with the animals of South Florida, growing up with experience in face-to-face encounters with alligators. While these animals present a serious safety hazard to South Florida residents and their pets, competitive hunters and trappers are a threat to their lives, hunting alligators for personal profit.

Gator Boys Alligator rescue not only saves Floridians from dangerous encounters, but also helps to protect South Florida’s gators and crocodiles from being hunted. Once they rescue nuisance gators, the Gator Boys provide them with a safe place to eat and live, and eventually return them to a more suitable, safe, and healthy environment; many of which can be seen during an Everglades airboat tour.

Much of the action takes place at Everglades Holiday Park, where the Gator Boys bring visitors up close to these powerful creatures, but the Gator Boys Alligator rescue has had to deal with massive gators invading resident’s backyards, swimming pools, garages, and even their bedrooms. For years, the Everglades Gator Boys have been risking serious injury for the sake of protecting both the people and the wildlife of South Florida. Be sure to check out a Gator Boy show and see gators in their natural habitat during an Everglades airboat tour.

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See the Everglades Up-Close with Everglades Airboat Rides

See the Everglades Up-Close with Everglades Airboat Rides - Everglades Holiday Park

From Lake Okeechobee down to Florida Bay, the Everglades spans over 1.5 million acres with a wide variety of abundant wildlife and thriving ecosystems. While hiking and biking might give you a small glimpse of this subtropical wetland, there is no better way to see the Everglades than on one of our Everglades airboat rides.

The Florida Everglades is a giant, slow moving river, composed of various marshes, swamps, and sloughs. With a different terrain in each direction, it is almost impossible to try to navigate on your own. Not to mention, with razor sharp sawgrass and abundant wildlife around, it can quickly turn dangerous if you are not with a professional.

Kick back and leave the work to one of our highly skilled airboat captains who have been exploring the Everglades for most of their lives, and can safely show you the best of the terrain. The airboat captains at Everglades Holiday Park will keep you safe while bringing you face-to-face with the most exotic wildlife and nature that South Florida has to offer.

During Everglades airboat rides, airboat captains bring visitors up-close to sunbathing alligators, American crocodiles, white tailed deer, endangered birds, and giant fish; all in their natural habitat. The Everglades is home to thousands of plants and animals, including panthers, eagles, egrets, skunks, and bass, so you are guaranteed to experience nature beneath you, above you, and all around you.

With one-hour tours departing every 20 minutes, Everglades airboat rides allow you to cover a large amount of area in a short amount of time. As you wind through canals in the heart of the Everglades, you’ll take in the fresh air, the unforgettable views, and come up-close to some of the most exotic and endangered species on earth.

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Dangers of Self-Guided Airboat Rides in the Everglades

Dangers of Self-Guided Airboat Rides in the Everglades - Everglades Holiday Park

The thousands of Floridians who spend their weekends navigating the waters of the Everglades know that an airboat can be a blessing or a curse; depending on who’s operating it. If you are considering taking a self-guided airboat ride in the Everglades, think again. Although Everglades National Park is a beautiful, lush, unparalleled landscape, it can be quite dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.

At Everglades Holiday Park, we recommend that you leave the work to our professional airboat captains. Here’s why it is dangerous to go on self-guided airboat rides in the Everglades:

The Airboat – Airboat operation requires trained professionals who have experience in operating the vessel. The stopping and reversing directions are dependent upon good pilot skills, since airboats do not have brakes. If, for some reason, your airboat malfunctions or gets stuck, our captains know exactly how to handle the situation to ensure a safe trip for all visitors.

The Terrain – The Everglades is a 1.5-million-acre ecosystem with a diversity of habitats and terrain. There are hardwood hammocks, thick mangroves, freshwater sloughs, and coastal lowlands. It is easy for an amateur to run into the wrong area, get themselves stuck, lost, or badly injured.

The Wildlife – A main reason that so many people take airboat rides in the Everglades is for the opportunity to come face to face with some of Florida’s most exotic wildlife. The Everglades has wildlife in their natural habitat, in every direction. It takes a professional, with years of experience, to know how to properly navigate towards the wildlife and not harm or upset them. Not to mention, it is illegal to disturb the wildlife, and it comes with a heavy fine. There are poisonous flowers and trees, venomous snakes, and of course, massive alligators. Visitors at Everglades Holiday Park will have the opportunity to cruise right next to huge alligators, but our captains know how to keep a safe distance.

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What is an Airboat Ride and How Does It Work?

What is an Airboat Ride and How Does It Work? - Everglades Holiday Park

Airboats have quickly become the most popular way for nature enthusiasts and thrill seekers to cruise around the Everglades and explore the ecosystems. Airboats are flat bottomed vessels that are propelled by giant fans instead of motors. When the propeller is working, it pushes air behind the boat, which pushes the boat forward. There are no operating parts beneath the waterline, which is what sets the airboat apart from other boats. Due to the lack of a motor, the boat can quickly glide across the surface of the water; something that no other boats can do. Airboats are perfect for low water and swamplands. They are the fastest, most efficient way to get around the 1.5 million acres of various terrains in the Florida Everglades.

When you take an airboat tour with Everglades Holiday Park, you will fly across the surface of the water to quickly explore different habitats within the subtropical wilderness. Journey deep into the Everglades on a narrated airboat tour that departs every 20 minutes and lasts for 60 minutes. These tours are exciting and safe for people of all ages, including young children. You will travel through tunnels of mangroves and animal sanctuaries, and your captain will stop to show you endangered species and exotic wildlife. You are likely to run into alligators, eagles, ducks, turkeys, and big fish. Get your adventure started by booking an airboat tour with the professionals at Everglades Holiday Park.

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