4 Outdoor Activities Kids Will LOVE This Summer

By Ed June 20, 2019

We all had that one summer we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. Maybe it was the time your family went camping and you found out your little sister was actually pretty cool. Maybe you took a road-trip to one of Florida’s dozens of exciting theme parks. Whatever the case may be, you remember every minute like it was yesterday. Have you and your kids had that kind of summer yet?

If you’re unsure, maybe it’s time to consider trying something new with your kids. We’re talking about seeking out adventure in your own backyard! Florida is full of some truly thrilling experiences that you can’t find anywhere else. Below you’ll find four of our favorites – what are some of yours?

See the Everglades like never before

If you’re looking for one of a kind experiences that will quite literally blow your socks off, we highly recommend high-speed airboat tours of the Everglades. Not only are the Everglades full of wild animals, both big and small, but they’re full of rich history as well. Jungle Erv’s Wilderness Airboat Tours are the absolute best in town and have been in business for over thirty-five years! Their airboats reach speeds up to over forty miles an hour and take you on the ride of your life. Don’t forget to stop by their educational alligator show, free with any airboat purchase.

Throw caution to the wind

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly hundreds of feet up in the air like a bird or a plane? Of course, you have! Companies like Suncoast Watersports in St. Pete have found a way to make this dream a reality and it’s called parasailing! Imagine hanging by a string off the back of a boat while you’re attached to a giant kite – THAT’S parasailing! Co-owner Captain Dave Winkler is a pioneer in the parasailing community and known all over the world as one of the longest running parasail operators in business today. Parasailing is safe and fun, but extremely addicting!

Learn to hang ten like a pro

When it comes to true Florida vacations, you can’t make a trip here without visiting one of our beautiful sandy beaches. While Gulf Coast natives boast, with reason, the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see, the Atlantic Coast is the place to be for all things surfing. The Ron Jon Surf School out in Cocoa Beach specializes in training both children and beginners the proper techniques to have fun, while remaining safe, out on the water. The only tough part about surfing is trying to convince your kids to get OUT of the water. Summer specials may be available for a limited time.

Ride the line to the end, again and again

No list of outdoor activities for kids can possibly be complete without adding everyone’s favorite thrilling activity, ziplining! Imagine zipping along at max speed over the treetops with your face blown back in a permanent grin… yeah, that’s ziplining. Canopy Zipline And Canopy Tours is one of the highest rated ziplining agencies in Central Florida. They even offer night ziplining, canyon ziplining and horseback tours for TRUE adventure seekers!
No matter how you choose to spend your summer vacation this year, make the time spent with your kids meaningful and fun – nothing brings families together quite like sharing new experiences or an exhilarating tour through one of America’s most beautiful national landmarks. Safe travels, adventurers!


A Letter From

Jungle Erv

Welcome to the
Florida Everglades!

I am Jungle Erv- son of the alligator man. My great-great-grandfather was a moonshiner and fisherman. My grandfather preached the Gospel to the Islanders. My mother traded deer meat with the Seminole Indians when she was a little girl. My father was the world famous alligator man. Why choose Jungle Erv’s Airboat Tours? My grandchildren are 6th generation Gladesmen. Jungle Erv’s captains are all U.S. Coast Guard licensed. Get the BEST value with our FREE boardwalk and educational gator show. You do not need to sign a waiver to ride on Jungle Erv’s Airboat Tours. Hope to see your smiling faces as we journey through the wild Everglades!