Florida Everglades

I Live Here in Florida, But Guess What?

For me the closest I have ever come to the Everglades is driving through Alligator Alley.  The highway that is the route between Naples and Fort Lauderdale gives you only a glimpse of what I was about to experience.  But thanks to my husband Kevin having a business convention on Marco Island, having the true Florida Everglades airboat experience was going to become a reality and a great adventure!

Florida Burrowing Owl on perch
Florida Burrowing Owl
Birds in the Florida Everglades
Lots of Birds in the Florida Everglades

Private Tour in the Everglades

A private tour we hired picked four of us up at our hotel.  We were driven around Marco Island and shown the environmental protection that happens all over the island to protect the Burrowing Owls.  There are several locations with owl nests.  They are so protected that if they are on a lot you have purchased, you can not build on it! For this reason the City of Marco Island marks the areas where the nests are located.  The laws are very strict on Marco Island in regard to these owls.

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Florida Everglades airboat
reflections on water in the Florida Everglades
The water is beautiful and full with reflections

Driving to the Everglades

Soon we were off on our hour drive road trip, deep into the Everglades.  At least I think we were pretty deep, there was not much civilization after about ½ hour driving.  As we pulled up to our destination I became a little hesitant.  I have to tell you, the place look like something out a of movie.  You know what I mean, old fashion looking store with airboats sitting on the water.  Oh and lets not forget all the alligator skulls and alligator skins hanging around.  We are instructed on where to sit on the air boat and given our noice cancelling headphones.  Kevin and I have the front row, at this time I was not sure if this was a good thing or not.

Beautiful and calm water Florida Everglades
Beautiful and calm water Florida Everglades
Florida Everglades mangroves
Mangroves in the Everglades

Everglades Air Boat

Our driver was a really nice man, who has lived all his life in the Everglades.  He was able to point out and inform us on different aspects of what we were getting to experience.  The ride on the air boat was a little noisy but the headphones helped a lot.  The scenery we experienced was just stunning.  I really had no idea on how beautiful and peaceful it would be deep in the Everglades.  You get a sense of being just lost in nature.  The reflections on the water of the mangroves, the blue sky and the greenery are just memorizing.  We toured for about an hour, speeding through spots to have some fun and going slow to take it all in.

Raccoons up close in the Everglades
Raccoons up close in the Everglades
Florida Everglades raccoon on tree
He begins to not be so friendly

Everglades Boat Dock

All too soon and our ride was over.  We have now reached the docks and storefront.  Now comes the part I did not know was part of the tour.  Holding an alligator yourself.  In reality I was not thrilled to do this, as can be seen in the photo.  I basically just wanted the little guy out of my hands and as quick as possible.  But all in all, I was happy to get three items off my bucketlist at one time; airboat ride, Everglades tour and hold an alligator.  Okay, so the last one was really not on my bucketlist, but I added it!

The amazing Florida Everglades! So beautiful!
The amazing Florida Everglades! So beautiful!
Florida Everglades blue sky and mangroves
Blue sky and mangroves

8 interesting facts about the Everglades:

  1. The Everglades cover 1.5 million acres in south Florida
  2. There are several different animals that make the Everglades their home: Florida Panther, Leatherback Turtle, West Indian Manatee, White Tail Deer, Raccoons, Opossum, Skunk, Bobcat, several species of birds.  Of course, we can’t forget  Alligators and the American Crocodile!
  3. There are only 100 Florida Panthers left, they are on the endangered species list
  4. Florida Everglades are actually a small-moving river, not a swamp
  5. Native Americans call the area Pahayokee, “grassy waters”
  6. Sawgrass in the Everglades has razor-edged blades of grass.  They are so sharp that they can cut through your clothes!
  7. It is the only place in the world that the American Alligator and the American Crocodile co-exist.
  8. Many Floridians depend on the Everglades for their water supply

Take a look at our morning we spent at Homossasa Springs (read more

Florida Everglades man holding small alligator
Easy for you to hold Kevin,
Florida Everglades- women learning to hold an alligator
Yes, take it away please!
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  • August 16, 2017

    omg, i love your pics and your post is so interesting! Thank you for share it!

  • August 17, 2017

    Isn’t it funny how we’re less likely to explore our own cities?

    That raccoon’s face is hilarious though! Probably not as funny as he was hissing at you… is that the sound that raccoons make? I don’ t know, I’m not American, so I plead ignorance. This looks like such a cool trip to make, I’m totally pinning it for when we visit Florida!

  • Cameron Whitlock

    August 17, 2017

    Love the raccoon! I once took a fan boat ride through the everglades! It’s a terrific place for adventure and frog legs.

  • August 18, 2017

    I loved the pictures and didn’t know much about the Everglades. Thanks for introducing me

  • November 13, 2017

    I didn’t know that there were so many animals who call the Everglades home. It seems like a great place to see so many “American” animals (I know, that sounds stupid). I didn’t even know that there were Florida Panthers, it’s sad that there are so few of them left.

  • December 29, 2017

    You are so lucky to live near this fantastic wilderness!! First of all I had never heard of the owls, I’ve learned something. I totally love the mangroves and I am sure I would enjoy touring the Everglades a lot, and the air boat seems really fun to ride. I have held a baby caiman in the Peruvian Amazon and I loved it! Would love to do it again with an Everglades alligator.

  • Becci

    December 29, 2017

    Love the pics! I don’t remember seeing any alligators when I went. I was too excited about riding in the airboat! haha

  • December 31, 2017

    Your pictures are awesome. there are so many place in my own backyard i want to check out.

  • January 1, 2018

    I used to like in Miami for a year and I remember how impressed I was with the place. Your pictures just reminded me of all the old memories I have. Thanks for sharing


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