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The Florida Gator: Your Friend & Neighbor At Everglades Holiday Park

Beyond oranges and theme parks, there's an even more compelling reason to love the Sunshine State: the alligators. How well do you know the state's most treasured ancestor? The American alligator has a long and colorful history here in Florida, and if you haven't had the chance to get to know one, it might be time. Here are a few interesting facts about Florida gators, along with a fantastic idea for visiting with them up close and personal.

Airboat Adventures, a Live Gator Show and More at Everglades Holiday Park

Everglades Holiday Park is an adventure destination for all ages and an exciting way to see alligators in the Everglades. Spend time with the kids before they go back to school and journey across a river of grass at top speeds. When your tour ends, take in a live gator show performed by one of Animal Planet's Gator Boys. It's an action packed day filled with fun, good information and exciting pictures to treasure forever. Have lunch at the park, enjoy the sunshine and experience the Florida Everglades and its most popular inhabitant, the American alligator up close and in person.

Alligators In Their Natural Habitat

When you visit Everglades Holiday Park, it's easy to see alligators where they live, in the Everglades. Miles of untouched swampland creates the perfect environment for spying on these amazing reptiles and witnessing their behaviors up close. All of the airboat tours at Everglades Holiday Park are captained by expert "Gladesmen" who know exactly where to go, when to stop and what to point at for you to see alligators in their natural habitat. Towards the end of summer is a great time to visit Everglades Holiday Park because it's mating season and that means one thing- babies! We call it the chorus of the babies because they sing from inside their eggshells before they hatch!

Alligators are Opportunistic Feeders

If you've ever worried about being eaten by an alligator, chances are pretty good that you won't be dinner. Why not? Well, for starters, they're opportunistic feeders and that means they eat prey that is easy to catch. Translated? If you mind your own business, stay smart, and make good choices, chances are you'll never have a story to tell. The truth is, humans are often too large and don't make good prey for an alligator, so they rarely make the effort.

Alligators are as much a part of Florida as rollercoasters and miles of coastline. With the pristine Everglades as a back drop, visiting with the alligators has never been as exciting than with airboat tours at Everglades Holiday Park. Join us for a day of fun in the sun and say hello to your friend and neighbor, the American alligator.

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