Only Have a Few Hours in Everglades City? Sign Up for Airboat Tours for an Unforgettable Experience
By Jungle Erv • June 20, 2017
Vacationing in Florida? There are so many things to see in this beautiful state, but if there is one thing you must not miss, it is the Everglades. Various types of plants and wildlife can be found here, namely the mangrove forest and alligators. You can fully enjoy the Everglades, even when you’re only stopping by for a few hours, by following some tips.
Enjoy the View from Shark Valley
Located at the northern entrance of Everglades National Park, Shark Valley is a 65-foot tall observation tower. It overlooks the enchanting Everglades’ forest to offer an exquisite panorama no other place can duplicate. Ride a bike along the 15-mile loop trail to reach the tower.
Join an Airboat Tour
Want to experience the wonder of the Everglades from up close? Everglades City airboat tours give you a chance to watch living alligators and other tropical wildlife in their natural habitat. Cruise along the Mangrove Tunnel and glimpse a portion of the 10,000 islands. You can also learn why mangrove plays an important role in the ecosystem. Don’t worry if you are short for time—you can choose which tour duration fits your schedule.
Hike through a Cypress Forest
The Everglades is famous for its natural luster. What better way to get closer to this paradise than by hiking? There is no experience as immersive as exploring the Big Cypress National Preserve by foot. There are some preparations that need to be made beforehand, depending on the season so do your research.
If water sports are your bailiwick, the Everglades is the perfect spot. Florida’s coral beds are among the largest in the world, and the Everglades hosts the first undersea preserve in America. You can dive and snorkel here, but if you would rather stay dry, you can also rent a glass-bottom boat.
Get a Good Look at a Florida Panther
The Florida panther is an endangered species due to hunting and destruction of its habitat. It is said that barely more than 100 of these panthers remain in the wild. The Everglades National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1989 to provide sanctuary for this endangered species. However in 2005, they opened their doors to the public so that this marvelous creature can be viewed by all. Sightings are not guaranteed, however. Still, you may encounter many other intriguing animals on your search for a panther—deer and black bears to name just two.
All of these activities can be enjoyed in a matter of hours and leave you with memories for a lifetime. What are you waiting for? Plan your trip now.