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Gator hunting at Wild Florida...with your eyes, that is!

Posted by Sam Haught on Feb 18, 2016 7:30:00 PM

Still waters run deep. They’re also where you can spot alligators. Gators are nocturnal creatures and do most of their hunting at night, when their eyes turn a vibrant red.  When the sun’s out, they’re awake but more low-key. They usually lurk just below the surface, both close to shore and out in the open waters.  

Gators typically hold their breath up to 15 minutes while trolling, but they can stay submerged for several hours when needed. If you spot one, be sure to be quiet. Noise will scare off a gator, and chances are it’ll go under and re-emerge far away from the commotion. Our airboat captains are experts at finding gators in Lake Cypress (our backyard here at Wild Florida and the perfect place for an Orlando airboat ride!), but more importantly, they know how and when to cut off the engines and drift toward a gator to get a closer look!

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Topics: Airboat Tours, Alligators, Swamps

The Everglades in Central Florida? Are you sure?

Posted by Sam Haught on Nov 20, 2015 3:01:15 PM

Many associate the Everglades with South Florida, where the slow-moving “river of grass” flows into the ocean.

But Central Florida is also a vital part of the Everglades, which spans far beyond the 1.5 million-acre national park near Miami. It’s actually a vast ecosystem encompassing millions of acres of undeveloped land between Central Florida and South Florida, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River Valley.

It’s the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. and tourists from around the country and around the world are drawn to this natural wonder and its diverse plant and animal life every year.

Here in the middle of the state, we’re at the mouth of the Everglades. Activist and writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas dubbed it the “river of grass” in her 1947 book. And it’s easy to see why that applies in South Florida. There, the table-flat terrain goes on for miles in a southward flow of green as far as the eye can see.

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Topics: Everglades, Florida Everglades, Natural Florida, Central Florida, Florida Wildlife, Swamps

Why Vacationers Choose Wild Florida Over Other Orlando Attractions

Posted by Wild Florida on Sep 13, 2013 5:17:54 AM

When visiting Orlando, it’s a given that you’ll probably stop by one of many theme parks that populate the city. However, with natural attractions like air boat tours, Florida has much more to offer than your typical theme park attractions. So why do so many visitors opt for natural attractions like Wild Florida?

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Topics: Florida Everglades, Natural Florida, Travel Adventure, Airboat Tours, Swamps

Wild Florida Announces the Addition of Two Macaws

Posted by Wild Florida on Sep 6, 2013 6:01:55 AM

August 27, 2013 - Kenansville, Florida - Wild Florida (www.wildfloridairboats.com), an airboat tour and alligator exhibit attraction, is pleased to announce the addition of two Green Winged Macaws in Orlando to their Wildlife Park exhibit.

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The Green-winged Macaw, also known as the Red-and-Green Macaw, comes from South America and is a great addition to the wildlife park at Wild Florida. The Green-winged Macaw is second only in size to the Hyacinth Macaw, the largest bird in the Macaw family. Their wingspan can reach up to 49 inches and they have a total body length of about 35-37 inches. The two healthy adults can weigh between 2.5-3.5 pounds. Each Macaw has unique red lines around the eyes that are formed by rows of tiny feathers.

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Topics: Airboat Tours, Wildlife Park, Eco Tours, Alligators, Swamps, Florida Native Animals

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