Looking to Entertain the Kids? Explore the Everglades!

Looking to Entertain the Kids? Explore the Everglades   - Everglades Holiday Park

Keeping the kids entertained is rarely an easy task. While there are amusement parks, 3-D movies and day trips to the beach, if they’ve “been there, done that”, they’re not likely to stay entertained for long. This weekend, when the kids are looking around for something to do, why not let them explore one of South Florida’s most exciting natural attractions – the Everglades.

What is there to do and see in America’s wetland? How about getting up close and personal with exciting wildlife, taking a fast boat ride and witnessing an awe-inspiring live alligator show? Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale has all this and more – in one convenient location! Take the family on an adventure they’ll treasure forever with a few hours of good old-fashioned fun hanging with the crew from the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue at Everglades Holiday Park.

Meet and Greet With Everglades Wildlife

How often do you get the chance to lock eyes with a ten-foot alligator? How about witnessing a brightly colored Roseate Spoonbill snatch a fish from the shallow water? Wildlife viewing in the Everglades is spectacular, and exactly why the area is such a popular sightseeing locale. With over 360 different species of birds, 50 plus reptiles, and over 40 different mammals, the Everglades are brimming with exciting sights and sounds.

Weather conditions are typically pleasant during the dry season – December through April, making it a great time to spot wildlife. Because water levels are lower during this time, many animals can be seen easily, making a trip through the Everglades extra fun. Alligators, wading birds and other freshwater animals congregate in groups, giving spectators the opportunity to snap pictures. The perfect habitat for amphibians, reptiles and more, the River of Grass is a fantastic place to stop and listen to the sounds of nature.

Everglades birds are iconic, having become the subject of much creative art over the years. Whether you’re an artist in search of inspiration or just a casual observer, you’ll delight in watching scores of birds dot the landscape. In the ‘glades alone, 360 different species of birds have been identified, falling into three distinct categories: birds of prey, wading birds and land birds. Wading birds are fun to watch in person – the white ibis, woodstork and great egret are often seen on Everglades tours. Bird enthusiasts, nature explorers and folks just out for an exciting adventure delight in watching the antics of these amazing creatures.

Believe it or not, the American alligator is one of over 50 different reptiles living in the Everglades! Snakes, including the Eastern Diamondback and Florida Cottonmouth live among iguanas, geckos, snapping turtles, box turtles and more. Over 40 mammals can be found wandering the area, including the bobcat, white tailed deer, raccoons, fox, river otters and the elusive Florida panther.

Airboating Anyone?

The easiest way to tour the amazing Everglades is by airboat – flat bottomed vessels propelled by giant aircraft engines. Airboats glide easily through the shallow water of the ‘glades, never disturbing the animals. But with up close and personal access to wildlife, an airboat tour through the Everglades is one of the most exciting ways to explore the wetlands. Most tours in the area are relatively short, but Everglades Holiday Park offers 60 minutes – a full hour of exploration and adventure. Plus, with experienced captains to navigate, you’re sure to see all kinds of amazing flora and fauna. Kids of all ages love the excitement of zipping through the water at speeds close to 60 miles per hour, and with frequent stops to meet and greet the wildlife, it’s the best of both worlds.

Airboating anyone? - Everglades Holiday Park
Worried about the hot Florida sun? Don’t be. Vessels at the park are offered in one of two ways – completely open or partially covered for guests who want to have a little shade to shelter from the heat or sun. Whichever airboat you choose, it’s nearly impossible not to see everything as the ecosystem surrounds you from every angle. But be prepared, because alligators often come very close to the edge of the boat, giving guests the opportunity to snap one-of-a-kind pictures. And it’s a common sight to see a Purple Gallinule fly over and land on your captain’s shoulder in anticipation of a stray piece of popcorn or two.

Live Alligator Shows Featuring the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue

A trip to the Everglades wouldn’t be complete without a live gator show! With the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team on site, Everglades Holiday Park is the best place to experience an alligator show in South Florida! The crew is best known for their appearance on Animal Planet’s hit reality show, The Gator Boys, and many of the rescued gators from the show live in the world famous “Gator Pit” at the park. Guests who purchase airboat tickets are invited to watch a complementary show featuring someone from the team each day.

What can you expect to see and learn from an alligator show at Everglades Holiday Park? How about fun facts and interesting information about the American alligator, or a demonstration on how the Seminole Indian tribe used to catch live alligators? Plus, there’s no shortage of excitement, as the crew is always ready and willing to display the strength and grace of our favorite reptiles by performing a few crowd-pleasing tricks and stunts. Don’t try this at home!

The Florida Everglades is an awe-inspiring natural attraction – a fantastic wetland filled with exciting animals, unique vegetation and more. A family friendly locale and educational experience the whole family will enjoy, make your plans to visit the state’s shining gem today by visiting www.evergladesholidaypark.com

  This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog, on .