Start the New Year Off Right by Touring the Everglades

 New Year Touring the Everglades

It’s right around the corner, lurking in the shadows – no, it’s not an alligator! It’s the year 2020. We’ve made it through another year, which means it’s time to set some intentions and New Year’s resolutions. Typical resolutions usually include exercise more, lose weight, save money, and try new things. If any of these are on your list of resolutions for 2020, we can help you follow through with at least one of them! It’s time to try new things this year – and there’s no better way to start than by touring the Everglades.

Try New Things and Explore New Places

If you’ve never been to the Everglades, or sightseeing in Florida in general, Everglades Holiday Park is a great place to start. There are so many things you can do to delve deeper into your New Year’s resolution of trying new things. We have extremely fun airboat rides and Everglades animal encounters, which of course you’ll never be able to experience anywhere else in the world but right here in the Florida Everglades!

Exploring new places is not only riveting but also great for your mental health. Exploring the serenity that the Everglades has to offer can take you away from the hustle and bustle of your day to day activities and your usual places.

Experience Different Types of Wildlife

The animals in the Everglades are like none other. Many different types of animals live in the Everglades including raccoons, skunks, opossums, bobcats, fox, deer, and many species of fish – not to mention the symbol of this wild, vast ecosystem, known as the Florida panther. If you’re looking to try new things and explore new places, start your New Year off right by touring the Everglades for the animals alone! As a safe haven for many different species, there’s no place in the world like this complex ecosystem.

Private and Group Airboat Tours

When you’re ready to take on the ‘Glades in 2020, we’ve got your back. At Everglades Holiday Park, we offer private and group airboat tours for children and adults of all ages. Our Everglades airboat rides are 60 minutes long, where you’ll be guided by the most experienced captains in all the land. You can tour the Everglades, take in fresh scenery, try new things, and explore new places all in one shot.

Follow through with your New Year’s resolutions this year and spend the day with us. We promise you won’t be disappointed! We’re open during the holidays, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Contact us today for more information or buy airboat tour tickets here!

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2020 Python Bowl – The Burmese Python Challenge

Python Bowl

As we all know, the Burmese pythons are invasive snakes that ruin the animal population of the Florida Everglades year after year. With many efforts targeting the removal of the invasive species, Florida wildlife managers are getting more creative. Introducing: the 2020 Python Bowl.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the 2020 python challenge, inviting takers to catch and kill as many snakes as they can. Of course, hunters must be trained to handle these animals. The State of Florida is partnering with the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee to encourage people to learn how to hunt down and capture this invasive species.

On December 5, 2019, DeSantis announced that the registration for the Python Bowl is now open. Beginning on January 10, 2020, Python Bowl competitors will be able to get to hunting, with access to over 150 miles of trails to cover. With Florida hosting the 2020 Super Bowl in February, DeSantis hopes the event will draw attention to the massive threat that this invasive species poses to the Florida Everglades. The state hopes for funds, research, and innovative technology to get the python population under control once and for all.

Python Bowl Prizes

Winners of the Python Bowl will be announced January 25, 2020, during the opening of Super Bowl Live, a week-long fan fest event at Bayfront Park in Miami, FL. The python hunter who catches and removes the most pythons from the Florida Everglades will win an ATV. The hunter who captures the largest individual snake will be awarded $2,000! VIP guests will be gifted a python skin football, just like the one Governor DeSantis sported in his Python Bowl opening day announcement.

“The protection of our environment and natural resources is critical,” said Governor DeSantis. “Invasive Burmese pythons have decimated local wildlife and pose a massive threat to natural food chains as well as the flora and fauna. The 2020 Python Bowl is sure to be a great success and I look forward to the positive effects it will have on preserving and protecting the Everglades ecosystem.” 1

If you’re interested in hunting the giant Burmese pythons for the 2020 Python Bowl, visit the Florida Python Challenge website to learn more! This exciting conservation effort can help protect the rare habitat of the Everglades and all the animals know the Everglades as their home.

Everglades Holiday Park is a place for airboat rides and Everglades animal encounters – not invasive pythons. At our national park, we’re dedicated to working with Governor DeSantis and government officials to ensure that the Florida Everglades protection efforts are properly set in place. We agree that this is a step in the right direction in efforts to care for the unique environment the Everglades offers.

Additional Reading

It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Pythons in the Florida Everglades
Florida Python Hunters in the Florida Everglades
Pythons Are Becoming a Problem in the Florida Everglades

Sources

[1] FLGOV – Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Opening of Registration for the 2020 Python ChallengeTM Python Bowl

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