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The Everglades by airboat

by Lisa GhisolfDecember 29, 2015

I knew that my Florida trip would not end without a visit to the Everglades. As part of the national parks, it is protected and plays host to an array of gorgeous wildlife: Herons, turtles and of course, alligators! Everglades Holiday Park shares this unique preserve via airboat tours, a rescue “gator pit” and presentations, boat rentals and more. Here, highlights of my airboat trip: Such a fun, beautiful view, even on a rainy, overcast day.

Airboat rides are a great (if rather loud) way to see the Everglades. They're flat-bottomed, so they can ride over foliage and not disturb or destroy it.

Airboat rides are a great (if rather loud) way to see the Everglades. They’re flat-bottomed, so they can ride over foliage and not disturb or destroy it.

Our venerable Captain Fantastic is very knowledgeable about the Everglades and protecting its wildlife.

Our venerable Captain Fantastic is very knowledgeable about the Everglades and protecting its wildlife.

Lilypads for miles!

Lilypads for miles!

The view is almost epic, to distant channels and the homes of much wildlife.

The view is almost epic, to distant channels and the homes of much wildlife.

Alligators!

Alligators!

Boat captains know the names of every gator and call them, and don't feed or encourage them. Each has its own territory.

Boat captains know the names of every gator and call them, and don’t feed or encourage them. Each has its own territory.

Getting up close with some of the younger gators.

Getting up close with some of the younger gators. It’s a $5 fee to hold or pet.

The "Gator Pit" lets captured alligators — which are usually killed in Florida — hang out in their own habitat.

The “Gator Pit” lets captured alligators — which are usually killed in Florida — hang out in their own habitat.

An educational presentation after the boat ride gives more understanding of these magnificent creatures, and is led by a volunteer (who wasn't hurt!). Gator Boys Alligator Rescue is home to backyard invader gators.

An educational presentation after the boat ride gives more understanding of these magnificent creatures, and is led by a volunteer (who wasn’t hurt!). Gator Boys Alligator Rescue is home to backyard invader gators.

Gator bites

I don’t know if I can eat gator while watching gators…

 

I received this tour for free and all opinions are my own.

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Lisa Ghisolf
Lisa Ghisolf
Founder of WorkTravelTech. Obsessed with exploring neighborhoods, cafes, and delicious experiences. Day (& night) job: Freelance designer & WordPress wrangler (Gizmo-Design.com) & blogger on Thriftista.com.

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