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5 of the WEIRDEST places gators have been found

Posted by Sam Haught on Mar 8, 2017 2:22:43 PM

Although many people are familiar with alligators living in the Everglades, they're actually found all over Florida! After all, the Sunshine State was their stomping ground way before it belonged to humans. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) estimates that there are 5 million alligators spread out across the southeastern United States, and 1.3 million of those alligators call Florida home! For most gators in the south, they inhabit freshwater wetlands such as cypress swamps and marshes, but can sometimes be found in saltwater… or even in sewers! But don’t worry, these guys don’t prefer to be in these strange places. Just like humans, they prefer to live in the comfort of their own home and they don’t go out of their way to live elsewhere.

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Topics: Florida Everglades, Florida Wildlife, Alligators

How location can make or break your Orlando airboat ride experience

Posted by Sam Haught on Dec 26, 2016 2:40:46 PM

No matter what city you visit, the task to do and see everything can be daunting for any family. But since Florida is packed full of pristine beaches, world-renowned theme parks, and plenty of places to eat and shop, there are plenty of activities that even locals haven't done. Until you've been on Orlando airboat ride, have you truly seen all of the Sunshine State? To save you time when building your vacation itinerary, and make sure you have the best airboat tour experience, here are a few tips to keep in mind when researching airboat rides...

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Topics: Florida Everglades, Airboat Tours, Eco Tours

So... when's really the best time to go on a Florida airboat tour?

Posted by Sam Haught on Dec 8, 2016 4:16:48 PM

Even if you've never been to Florida, with its nickname being the 'Sunshine state', you can safely assume that Florida is pretty hot most of the time. Despite Florida technically having four seasons, if you ask anyone what they're able to do in the winter you know what they'll say? "The exact same thing we do in during summer!" One of the blessings (or curses depending on who you talk to) of visiting Florida is that the fun never really does stop due to the because of the season. The warmer climate allows people to do things like go to the beach, visit water parks or even go on an airboat ride all year long! With that being said, we get a lot of questions about airboat tours, such as when is the right time to book an Orlando airboat tour. That's why, on this blog, we're breaking down just how the time of year affects what you'll see on your Florida airboat tour.

 

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Topics: Everglades, Florida Everglades, Airboat Tours, Eco Tours

Meet the heroine of the Florida Everglades: Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Posted by Sam Haught on Sep 15, 2016 11:31:42 AM

Thousands of years ago, the Everglades once made up more than 11 million acres. But due to the effects of time and urbanization, the Everglades now makes up just over 2 million acres. However, we're lucky to even have this!

For you see, it wasn't until Marjory Stoneman Douglas highlighted what was happening in the Everglades, taking a staunch defense against efforts that would have drained and reclaimed the land for development in the Everglades. She is most known for her book, The Everglades: River of Grass, which redefined how people view the Everglades. In this blog, we'll break down who Marjory Douglas was, her efforts to protect the Everglades and how she is remembered today.

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Topics: Florida Everglades, Eco Tours, The Everglades

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