The Everglades National Park is everything you would imagine: miles of saw grass as far as the eyes can see, rivers running in every direction, and alligators swimming alongside airboats full of camera trigger happy visitors. My visit to the Everglades with my cousin was a success! We saw us some gators! Like the others, I too had my cameras (yes two cameras) locked and loaded and ready to “shoot” myself some gators! Not only did we see one gator, but four and a nest full of babies too.
The Everglades was everything I expected it to be and I had the opportunity to experience it with family. My cousin and I have been trying to plan a trip together over the last 6 months and it finally worked out for us to meet up in FLORIDA. We had an amazing day zooming across the water of the glades. It was my first time riding in an airboat and it too was as fast (if not faster) than I expected it to be. With my hair blowing in the wind and the spray from the water refreshing my warm skin I couldn’t help but smile as I enjoyed the ride. As we whipped across the river, the speed of the boat made the long saw grass dance. With every quick sharp turn, we left waves rippling behind us. When we would slow down I would know it is because wildlife was a snapshot away. Beyond gators, we saw multiple native birds and plant species known to the Everglades. I didn’t want the tour to end.
After the airboat ride in the Everglades, Gator Park puts on a educational show explaining more about alligators and the other animals found in Florida. From kissing toads to wrestling alligators Gator Park Airboat Rides does it all. Roaming around the grounds were two beautifully coloured peacocks. Their purple and turquoise tail feathers would rustle while showing off for guests. Available at the park was a variety of alligator foods: alligator burger, alligator steak, fried alligator and chips, alligator jerky, and beyond. I passed on eating alligator this time. I was happy just to see them in their natural habitat, I had no desire to eat them too.
Visiting the Everglades was the perfect escape from Miami Beach for a morning. The cool air in the park was a relief after a few hot days under the sun. The Everglades allowed me the opportunity to see more of what Florida has to offer. As a state, Florida has some amazing landscapes and views. I can’t wait to return.