Exploring Florida’s Other Hidden Gem – The Everglades

Exploring the everglades on an airboat tour - Everglades Holiday Park

South Florida is one of the country’s top vacation locales. Families, sightseeing enthusiasts and adventure seekers delight in the Sunshine State’s gorgeous coastline, tropical weather and easy, relaxed lifestyle. But Florida is also home to the Everglades – a magnificent marshland and coastal mangrove area. What is the Everglades and why should it be on your list of things to do and see in South Florida? Here are some facts about the area and a few tips on how best to explore what many believe to be the state’s hidden gem – the Florida Everglades.

What Are the Everglades?

As the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, the Everglades are pretty substantial. Nicknamed “America’s wetland”, the Everglades provides important habitat for countless numbers of rare and endangered species as well as scores of plants and fascinating vegetation. A slow moving river, the Everglades begins at the Kissimmee River near Orlando and discharges into Lake Okeechobee. Defined by a wet, flood season and a dry, drought season, the area experiences a variety of unique weather patterns, creating complex ecosystems. Rapid development in the late 1970’s increased degradation of the Everglades, inspiring a movement to preserve and protect the environment that continues to this day. In 2000, deterioration of the area prompted congress to approve a Comprehensive Restoration Plan – the biggest environmental restoration effort in U.S. history.

Things to Do In the Everglades

The possibilities for fun in the Everglades are endless. From animal encounters and wildlife spotting to bird watching, photography, sightseeing and fishing, locals and tourists alike enjoy spending time in the area. Sightseeing enthusiasts enjoy gliding over the River of Grass on an airboat – the perfect guided day trip for families and outdoor adventurers looking to spot alligators, snakes, turtles, wading birds and more in a natural habitat. Guided tours are popular because there’s no experience necessary as a skilled captain navigates. For others, chartered fishing tours and guided trips create opportunities for amateurs and experts alike to catch Bass, snapper, redfish, bluegill and more.

Exploring the Everglades – Everglades Holiday Park

Visiting the Everglades is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most exciting wildlife in the world. Coming face-to-face with a 10-foot alligator or locking eyes with a tropical snake is unforgettable. Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale is the premier destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone looking to experience the area with a skilled and entertaining captain. The park offers exciting 60-minute airboat rides, live alligator shows, fishing boat rentals, guided fishing tours and more. Plus, as the home of the Gator Boys Alligator rescue, Everglades Holiday Park is a super fun destination for fans of Animal Planet’s reality show interested in meeting the Gator Boys crew in person.

For more information on how you can book a guided airboat tour through the Everglades, watch the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team perform live or visit with the exciting animals of the ‘glades, please visit www.evergladesholidaypark.com.

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