Between the airboat ride and the wildlife park, we saw a lot more than alligators! The airboat tour was a really cool experience. Here's our airboat, waiting for us:
We boarded the boat and were given headphones to block out some of the noise from the fan that propels the airboat.
Our guide took us out into the everglades where we couldn't see any signs of man (no buildings, no docks, just nature as far as you could see). He would slow down to watch for alligators or to show us an interesting bird (like the one shown below).
Here's a shot of the biggest alligator we spotted during our tour (can you spot his tail?). Our tour was on a cloudy, cool morning, which isn't the best situation for bringing the Gators out, unfortunately. We saw 2 others, but this was our best view. Apparently a hot, sunny time is best because the Gators like to get out of the water and sun themselves. They're so comfortable like that that they don't even care if your boat full of spectators is close to them because they don't want to get back into the cool water!
Even though we didn't spot a lot of Gators during our tour, we did get some beautiful views. I took this while we were out there, to try and show you how gorgeous it was!
We did spot these mud snakes while we were out there, and just like our tour guide, I don't care if they're poisonous or not, I'm happy not to be too close to them!! ;)
At the end of the tour, our guide offered to let the girls sit in the driver's seat for a picture. :) Here's Katrina pretending to to drive.
Crazy enough, as we walked down the dock to get back to the wildlife park, Talia looked down and spotted this small Alligator in the water! He was pretty camouflaged, so we were impressed that she found him!
Next up was the wildlife park and we had so much fun watching the lemurs! I had a hard time catching them on film because they were so quick! But I did grab a couple of shots of the girls' reactions to their antics! :)
This little monkey was just the size of a squirrel!
The birds were just gorgeous, and we even met a parrot who could talk to us!
The peacocks were free to roam the park- Katrina and I were surprised to see one on the path ahead of us when we first entered the park! :)
We sure got lots of chances to see Alligators in the wildlife park! It was beautiful there, and the alligators seem pretty happy. ;)
One of the coolest things in the wildlife park was to watch the Alligator Feeding! I think this is a must-see if you go! They would attach a piece of meat to this zipline and pass it down for the Alligators to jump up and get. This one wasn't going to be beat out by a bigger Gator for that last piece of meat- he just jumped right up on him, to get some height!
Another must-do is the exotic animal show! Here's Katrina being brave, touching a huge toad. I was happy just to watch, thanks. ;)
The show ended with a chance for everyone to hold "Fluffy", a baby Gator. They had someone there to take pictures of you holding Fluffy, but you weren't allowed to take your own photos because they were selling their photos, to raise money for the animals. They did let me grab this photo of my family checking the photos out on the screen, so that I could show you what they offer. They had some cute poses worked out- I didn't want to hold the Alligator, so he just had me hold the tip of the tail- I was cool with that. ;)
We had a great experience at the park! The airboat tour was a really neat experience and I really enjoyed it. I would say that if you're doing the airboat tour because you want to see alligators, then you'll want to try and plan for a warm, sunny day and time. The wildlife park is nice and it's a great family experience if you're visiting Florida. It's not a huge park (which I liked, because I probably wouldn't have wanted to spend a whole day- a couple of hours was just right).
I took a little bit of video from our airboat tour and a few things in the wildlife park, so if you've got 2 minutes, here it is: