Best Time of Season to See Wildlife on Airboat Rides

 Best Time of Year to See Wildlife on Airboat Rides - Everglades Holiday Park

Regardless of what time of the year you take an airboat tour through the Everglades, we guarantee that you’ll be impressed by the breathtaking beauty and exotic wildlife that the land has to offer. Wildlife is spotted all year long, and there’s never a dull moment out in the ‘Glades. While there is never a bad time to visit the Everglades, you may find luck with different Everglades animals at different times of the year. There are several factors that may influence land animal and Everglades bird sightings, including but not limited to the time of year, water levels, water conditions, weather, and area food supply.

When to See Everglades Birds

An airboat tour with Everglades Holiday Park will take you to the best places to see wildlife in the Everglades, so let’s start with the birds. Our captains will guide you through the mangroves and open grass to experience the habitat in which hundreds of species of birds live in! While there are some birds that feed all day long, the best time to see birds in the Everglades is in the morning or the late afternoon.

Birds to See in the Everglades All Year Long

• Anhinga
• Barred Owl
• Black-Crowned Night Heron
• Cormorants
• Gray Heron
• Ibis
• Little Blue Heron
• Pelican
• Purple Gallinules
• Roseate Spoonbill
• Red Shoulder Hawk
• Sandpiper
• Snowy Egret
• Tri-Colored Heron
• Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

When to See Alligators in the Everglades

While of course alligators are the most popular animal, the best time to go Everglades siteseeing for alligators is during the hotter and wetter part of the year, between June through October. Since alligators are cold-blooded, they tend to sunbathe on the Everglades banks in order to stay warm. If you want to see baby alligators, hatching occurs from mid-August through early September. However, the best way to play with baby alligators is by going on an Everglades animal encounter at our alligator park, where you can get up close and personal with some of the most interesting and exciting wildlife the Everglades has to offer!

Seeing Animals During the Dry Season

Typically running from December through April, the water levels drop during the dry season in the Everglades, which traps fish in shallow waters, making them easier to spot and harder for them to elude their predators. Everglades airboat tours during this time of the year will guarantee plenty of fish and bird sightings!

Seeing Animals During the Wet Season

The rainy season runs from May/June through October/November and temperatures can be extremely hot during this time. As stated above, the months right before the rainy season is the time when alligators experience an active mating period, which is sure to bring tons of baby alligators to the land in September!

Experience the Everglades All Year Long

When it comes to sightseeing in Florida, there’s no better place than the Everglades. If you’re ready to see wildlife in the Everglades, keep in mind that these animals are living in their natural habitats, so while sightings are likely, they are not 100% guaranteed. However, our knowledgeable and professional airboat captains will guide you to the areas with the best conditions for wildlife sightings no matter what time of year it may be!



Additional Resources
When is the Best Time of Year to Visit the Everglades?
Does Cold Weather Affect the Florida Everglades?
When is the Best Time of Year to See Alligators in the Florida Everglades?

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