As one of the premiere attractions for groups spending time in Florida, the Everglades National Park has always held a pull of adventure and mystique. But, with a lack of water and the severe drought we are experiencing, it has made the popular airboat tours and adventures all but impossible to offer to clients. So what do we do?
While we are all busy doing ‘nekkid’ rain dances at the Vibe Agency and praying for the return of the airboat tours in full force, we have alternative tours to offer to clients. You can still get up close and personal with native wildlife, and experience the thrill of an airboat ride, you just have to know how to go about it. And, we know how!!!
Are you ready? Good. Time to buckle up for some adventure and fun! Let us help you create a tour that will put the thrill of adventure back into your program. Check these ideas out!
Adventure Option 1
Our first stop at the edge of the Everglades will be a remote, old-fashioned, roadside fruit stand, entertainment venue and watering hole – “Robert is Here.” This storied roadside attraction is a popular Everglades family destination. Locals order at the counter, pick up their hand-made milkshakes and shop amidst the hustle and bustle and the various exotic animals on location.
Then we are off to experience a hike at the famous Anhinga Trail at the Royal Palm area of Everglades National Park. Follow the trails and boardwalks to get a close-up view of wild gators, turtles, Roseate Spoonbills and abounding varieties of wading birds and aquatic species. The Anhinga Trail was so beautiful and indicative of the Everglades that a group of women petitioned for its protection as a state park in the early 20th Century. This state park was the genesis of the Everglades National Park established in 1947.
This tour is breathtaking in scope and engaging in detail. It will reward us with an intimate look at “another Florida”, off the beaten path, little known and charming. The mixture of Florida’s legendary Everglades with rural and agricultural institutions makes a perfect case for promoting the various “watering holes” of our region.
Adventure Option 2
From the moment you arrive in the too quaint fishing village of Goodland, your senses are wide awake; a small fleet of working fish boats line the tiny harbor; three prominent seafood restaurants vie for your business; (one, the vintage 1869 Old Marco Lodge moved there by barge); little cottages occupy the small grid of streets. When you step onboard the airboat, you can catch the strong, salty smell of a place that lives on nautical terms. Departing from the village into the shallow, open, sun-dappled bay, we prepare to pass through “Hell’s Gate” into the maze of islands at the bottom of Southwest Florida’s official civilization demarcation.
Following the Black River as it winds through these islands, we will watch for dolphins, manatees, wading birds, and raptors. Slipping down Smuggler’s Creek, we may find one of the elusive American Crocodiles that inhabit these waters. A special treat would be to see some of the rare Roseate Spoonbills that feed in the shallows. Oftentimes mistaken for flamingos, these brilliantly pink-feathered birds have started a remarkable recovery in this area.
The 10,000 Islands have been witness to powerful Indian nations, Spanish shipwrecks, pirates and murderous outlaws. “Bloody” Ed Watson still haunts these backwaters in the long tales of pioneer fishing families. Still considered the wildest, most unknown place in America, the 10,000 Islands is a good example of time uninterrupted.
Come on! Let’s go!!! Exciting adventure awaits you! For more information and pricing on these and other tours, please contact email@example.com
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