Exploring South Florida’s Everglades – A Family Favorite Destination
Sightseeing in South Florida is easily a favorite past time of anyone who visits – and for good reason. The Sunshine State is filled with amazing coastline, exotic wildlife and exciting things to do and see. But if exploring South Florida is on your bucket list, then a trip to the Everglades is in order. What is there to do and see in America’s wetland? From tropical bird watching and unique vegetation to spying on the American alligator, here’s a quick look at some of the amazing sights and sounds you can expect when exploring South Florida’s Everglades.
America’s Wetland – The Pristine Florida Everglades
Welcome to the gem of South Florida – the Florida Everglades. As the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States, the ‘glades is home to countless species of animals and unique vegetation. Sawgrass marshes, mangrove forests and hardwood hamocks accompany scores of rare and exotic wildlife – many of them endangered. Winter, spring, summer or fall, America’s wetland is easily the most exciting natural attraction in the Sunshine State.
A Bird Lovers Paradise
If birding is your thing, then the two million acre wetland that is the Florida Everglades is exactly where you need to be. With a unique collection of some of the most unusual birds in the world, exploring the Everglades is a once in a lifetime experience. The area is home to an astonishing number of bird species – over 350 to be exact. Whether you enjoy the vibrant colors of the Roseate Spoonbill or Purple Gallinule or the majesty of the Great Blue Heron or Bald Eagle, the wetlands are filled with camera-ready opportunities.
Bird watching in the Everglades is a revered activity, and just one of the many pleasures of journeying through the area. Everglades National Park delights visitors from all over the world interested in capturing exotic birds on film. Anhinga Trail offers year round wading birds with nesting Anhingas during the winter season; The 10,000 islands attract bald eagles, pelicans and a variety of shore birds and Nine Mile Pond hosts scores of Roseate Spoonbill, Snail Kite and equally exciting wading birds.
Gator Watching Anyone?
Probably the most popular animal known to frequent the Everglades is the American alligator. True celebrities of the Sunshine State, alligators in South Florida are a common sight, and locals have learned to coexist with this amazing animal. Outdoor adventurers, nature enthusiasts and anyone interested in getting a closer look at the state’s most popular resident is encouraged to visit he Everglades. In fact, with over 200,000 gators in the ‘glades alone, it’s next to impossible to visit without seeing at least a couple of these modern day dinosaurs.
In the mid 1960’s alligators were classified as endangered in Florida – the result of hunting and loss of habitat. Luckily, modern revitalization efforts have been successful and the classification has been lifted. Today, alligators are no longer considered an endangered species, but listed as “threatened”. The effort to educate and inform the public about gators and their contribution to the wetlands is ongoing. Nevertheless, despite being feared by many, alligators enjoy a status level only slightly lower than the humans who occupy the state.
Zip Across the River of Grass By Airboat
How do visitors explore the Everglades? With shallow, murky waters on all sides, the best way to travel the area is by airboat. While it’s not difficult to find an everglades airboat tour provider, there are tremendous differences between companies. What should you look for when attempting to schedule an airboat tour through the Everglades? A professional crew is a must – the more experienced the team, the better your tour will be. Next, look for state-of-the-art vessels for the most enjoyable ride. Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale is a family favorite, named a USA Today “Top attraction” several years in a row. And with the most experienced captains in the ‘glades, the park over delivers on the fun.
What does an airboat tour entail? How about a full 60 minutes of adrenalin charged exploration, zipping across the River of Grass at lightning speeds? Captain and crew at Everglades Holiday Park are experienced navigators, meaning a tour through the Everglades is filled with interesting information, unique insight and entertaining stories about the Everglades and the animals who call it home.
The Gator Boys Alligator Rescue
Another fantastic feature of visiting the Florida Everglades is the chance to meet the one and only Gator Boys Alligator Rescue team. A talented crew of alligator and wildlife handlers, the crew is best known for their appearance on the Animal Planet series, The Gator Boys. With a passion for gators and years of experience behind them, the guys and gals work tirelessly to rescue “nuisance” alligators from in and around South Florida.
Once captured, the rogue gators are brought to a safe haven where they live out the remainder of their lives happy, secure and well fed. Everglades Holiday Park is the home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, and many of the animals from the reality show can be seen here. Visitors to the park who choose to take the airboat tour are also invited to sit in on a live presentation in the world famous “Gator Pit” performed by the Gator Boys themselves.
The Florida Everglades is truly spectacular. With unprecedented natural beauty, exciting wildlife and more, a visit to America’s wetland is awe inspiring, filled with excitement, and exactly the type of activity that makes a day trip through the Sunshine State so memorable.This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog, on .