It’s that time again, when we answer any questions our guests have in our #AskTheExpert blog. We get a bunch of questions year-round about our animals (and, of course, our airboats!), so we decided to start this series last year to help educate our guests.
Many people don't realize this, but the Everglades ecosystem reaches from Shingle Creek to Lake Okeechobee to the southern most part of Florida. At one time, the Everglades ecosystem covered 11 million acres! Today, its size is only slightly over 2 million acres. This is due to land conservation and drainage projects impacting the wetlands. Here at Wild Florida, we do everything we can to take care of this Florida treasure, and there are ways you can help, too!
In Florida, the Everglades is the primary source of drinking water for more than 7 million Americans (that’s more than a third of Florida’s population!) It’s also home to over 60 endangered species, such as the Florida panther, American crocodile, and snail kite. Below, we’re sharing 5 things you need to know on how to preserve the natural beauty of the Everglades, because it's important we all do our part.
A trip to Wild Florida is incomplete without an airboat ride. (It’s bucket-list worthy, folks!) We’ve got a fine fleet here at beautiful Lake Cypress in the Middle of Nowhere, FL. But it’s our airboat captains who really make a ride the adventure of a lifetime!
They’re all licensed Master Captains through the U.S. Coast Guard. It’s the most stringent and comprehensive licensing process for inland tour boat operators in the country. It also means that all our airboats themselves are regularly inspected by the Coast Guard. Fun is our mission, but safety is our priority.
Our airboat captains have been trolling these waters for years, even before joining the Wild Florida family. They’re airboat experts and the best ambassadors for the swamp that you’ll find in Florida. They know where to find the gators and how to whiz across the lake and through the reeds like the birds.
We know pleasing the kids isn’t always easy. With the summer months approaching quickly, we understand that youngsters want to be entertained all hours of the day. We realize parents are looking to get the most for their money when it comes to taking the kids on an adventure. Central Florida has limitless attractions to offer, especially for the little guys; however, when school's out, the attractions are usually crowded with families from all over the country!