Are There Pythons in the Everglades?

 Are There Pythons in the Everglades?

The answer to this question is, yes! There are way too many pythons in the Everglades. In recent years, there has been an outbreak of Burmese pythons in Florida. Burmese pythons were originally from southeast Asia, and their presence has been established in the Everglades as a result of an accidental and/or intentional release by owners.

More than 2,000 pythons have been removed from the Everglades and surrounding areas in the past fifteen years. To capture and remove these pythons, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission use radio receivers to track the pythons. They are a threat to wildlife and other native predators, since they are not native to the area. Even though they aren’t native to the area and pose a threat to the species that are native to the Everglades, you still may have a chance of seeing a python while touring through the Everglades, so it is best to always be careful.

Here at Everglades Holiday Park, we do not typically encounter pythons, but if we do, you are safe inside the airboat always and our airboat captains know how to be cautious. Our airboat captains are experts at giving Everglades tours and can educate you on the non-native python threatening the Everglades.

At Everglades Holiday Park, you can embark on one of the best Everglades Tours in Florida. On one of our tours, you will get extremely close to animals like alligators, iguanas, egrets, fish, and perhaps a snake or two. Taking an Everglades tour will get you face-to-face with some of the most incredible wildlife in South Florida, and no matter how threatening or harmful some of the creatures might be, they are beautiful when seen on our airboat tour, in their environment, and safe.

This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .

Martha Stewart Gives the Everglades a Shout Out

 Martha Stewart Gives the Everglades a Shout Out

In late February 2017, famous businesswoman, writer, and TV personality Martha Stewart took a trip to South Florida, where she knew she couldn’t miss the opportunity to explore the Florida Everglades – a 1.5-million-acre wetland preserve. On her blog, Martha Stewart recounts her time spent exploring the various landscapes of Florida’s natural wonder, strongly encouraging her readers to visit the “extraordinary Florida Everglades”.

Through an aerial tour, she enjoyed an interesting and informative visit, viewing the surrounding neighborhoods, the sedimentary rock limestone that brightens up the ‘glades. Afterwards, she embarked on an Everglades airboat tour where she was able to view the various habitats that create the Everglade’s thriving environment, including marshy wetlands, small canals, freshwater sloughs, and tropical hardwood hammocks. She even mentioned spotting an alligator sunbathing on a small island.

After her personal experience viewing South Florida’s treasure, Martha Stewart learned just how vital the Everglades are, not only to the thousands of animals within, but also to millions of people living in South Florida. The Everglades is a water source for over 8 million people in Florida. In her blog post, she discusses the importance of conservation through protection, restoration, and preservation efforts from The Everglades Foundation.

At Everglades Holiday Park, we practice conservation efforts of the Everglades as well. On our informational airboat tours, you and your group can take a ride deep into the Everglades to explore the various habitats and wildlife, while learning what you can do to help protect it. Call us today to book your tour.

This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .

Sawgrass 101

Sawgrass 101

The Everglades is a massive preserve, composed of winding waterways, various landscapes, and thousands of different animals. Iconic images of the Everglades throughout time almost always display a natural scene, surrounded by the Everglades’ sawgrass prairies, but what exactly are these plants?

Sawgrass is a tall, slender plant that can reach up to ten feet high. It grows quickly and densely covers many parts of the Everglades banks. It is the most dominant plant found in the surrounding habitat. Sawgrass is famous for its sharp points that run along the edges of its leaves. These teeth can cut you upon contact – hence the name sawgrass. Tour guides at Everglades Holiday Park ensure that no one makes direct contact with the plant, also you will see plenty of it during your tour.

Because sawgrass thrives in water, it is often found in riverbanks throughout the United States. Sawgrass is most prevalent in wetlands, and is most famous for its presence in the Florida Everglades. With areas that are flooded for most of the year, sawgrass is built to withstand South Florida’s unique weather conditions, like downpours, wind, and heat.

Although sawgrass in the Everglades can harm the human hand, it is essential to life in the Everglades in many ways. Not only is it efficient at utilizing nutrients to sustain the health of its surrounding environment, but as it decays, it creates a healthy, organic soil called peat. It provides energy to migrating birds with its nutritious seeds, and provides safe shelter for animals like alligators.

To learn more about how sawgrass contributes to everyday life in the Everglades, embark on an airboat tour with Everglades Holiday Park. Our expert airboat captains will take you deep into the heart of the Everglades where sawgrass grows in abundance.

This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .

Now or Neverglades Restoration Efforts Continue

 Now or Neverglades Restoration Efforts Continue

Preservation of the Everglades is important to Floridians and scientists everywhere. With the constant threat of flooding in Lake Okeechobee, those attempting to manage the lake levels discharge the water into estuaries that feed into the Everglades. The water coming from this lake is untreated and far too salty, causing major harm to the Everglades. Salinity imbalances in the Everglades due to runoff from Lake Okeechobee leads to dying seagrass, dangerous algae formation, multiyear ecosystem collapse, and damage in Florida’s fishing, boating, and tourism industries.

On March 12, 2015, 207 respected Everglades scientists signed a petition stating their belief that the water in Lake Okeechobee must receive increased treatment and storage that will stop careless runoff into the Florida Everglades, which is damaging the natural environments.

With the hashtag “#NoworNeverglades”, scientists and community leaders are encouraging individuals and organizations to join their conservation efforts and minimize negative environmental impact. The petition already has 61,306 supporters, and Everglades Holiday Park encourages our visitors to check it out.

The goals of NoworNeverglades include:

1. Treatment and conveyance of water that will stop damaging discharges into coastal estuaries.

2. Restoring the flow of clean and fresh water in Everglades National Park, Florida Bay, and the Florida Keys.

3. Improve the drinking water of 8 million people living in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties.

With hopes that #NoworNeverglades will promote awareness amongst Floridians and visitors to the area, Everglades conservation leaders will continue to decrease salinity levels and preserve the current conditions of the Everglades.

For a unique tour of the South Florida Everglades, Contact Everglades Holiday Park for a guided airboat tour through the River of Grass.

This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .

Celebrate With a 4th of July BBQ at Everglades Holiday Park

Celebrate With a 4th of July BBQ at Everglades Holiday Park

Instead of the typical backyard BBQ, parade, or pool day, why not spend this 4th of July celebrating America’s independence at Everglades Holiday Park – one of America’s breathtaking, natural wonders.

Starting on Monday, July 3rd, and continuing through Tuesday, Everglades Holiday Park will be hosting a 4th of July BBQ! Come join us for $5.00 burgers all day long, both days! No need to worry about bringing your own sides – we have a full-service deli and concession store available for extra snacks! Bring your kids, your neighbors, and your friends for an outdoor celebration, underneath shaded pavilions or under the warm Florida sun.

After you celebrate our 4th of July BBQ, you can climb aboard our state-of-the-art airboats for a guided Everglades Airboat tour, exploring the vast wetlands and various landscapes. Your expert captain will bring you up-close to some of South Florida’s most unique wildlife, including alligators, fish, and birds. You can even celebrate the red, white, and blue on our patriotic airboat “Lady Liberty”! A perfect way to spend the day for kids and adults, our airboat rides are safe and fun for all ages. We can accommodate large groups, or groups as small as 2. Invite your friends, family, and classmates to join in on our tours.

Once you’ve seen south Florida’s most famous creatures in their natural habitat, you can see them up-close at Everglades Holiday Park’s live gator show. Here, you’ll watch exciting stunts, tricks, and entertainment featuring the world-famous Gator Boys. Once the show is over, you can take a photo holding a baby alligator – a memory you can hold onto forever.

Our park, located in Fort Lauderdale is the perfect spot for kids and adults to celebrate this American tradition. Spend a day on our grounds, soaking up the warm sunshine and learning about the wildlife and various ecosystems that compose this 1.5-million-acre preserve.

A day at Everglades Holiday Park is thrilling, informative, and entertaining. Call us today to join our 4th of July BBQ and save a spot on our guided airboat tours!

This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .