How to Maximize Enjoyment When on Airboat Rides in the Everglades
By Jungle Erv • July 24, 2017
If you and your friends are up for an adventure, airboat rides provide the perfect mix of excitement and drama. This is particularly true if your main objective is seeing Florida’s wildlife. By heeding the following suggestions, you will gain yet a better appreciation for what you see.
Familiarize Yourself with the Area
If you’ve never been to Florida before, now is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the area. Get to know the different plants and animal species before setting off so that you’ll know what to look for and spot. The airboat operator is full of knowledge, but there may be times when they are busy navigating the waters.
By knowing a little bit about the wildlife, you’ll know exactly what you’re seeing and won’t need to seek explanations. Plenty of informative resources exist online. Don’t feel pressured to know every flora and fauna species in the area. Just get a general idea so that you won’t miss the main action.
Watch for Movement
Alligators are mysterious creatures and possess an uncanny ability to blend in with their natural environment. This makes them somewhat hard to see during the day, but there is a trick. Instead of looking for the alligators themselves, try to watch for movement along shore and the waterline. Put your peripheral vision to work because there are a lot of nooks in the glades.
If you’re not spotting any gators, that’s perfectly okay. You may just need to wait until the tour guide or airboat operator can point you in the right direction.
Remember Safety Tips
Although these airboat rides in the Everglades are meant to be fun, it’s important to remember some crucial safety tips. As all airboat operators know, the best way to remain safe throughout the whole tour is to keep distance from possible hostile lifeforms in the water. For about 20 feet, alligators can actually outrun any human. The crew will monitor your surroundings before getting on or off the airboat, but it is a good idea to add an extra set of eyes—your own.
Once you have boarded, keep all limbs inside the boat at all times. You’d be surprised at how fast alligators can jump out of the water when they want to. Listen to the crew throughout the entire trip; do only what they recommend.
Seeing wildlife has never been more exciting than when you’re on a speedy, versatile, yet safe airboat. As long as you make preparations in advance and follow these tips, your trip will be filled with breathtaking views and excitement without a hitch.