21 Jun / 2018

Everglades Birds

Bird Species of the Everglades

The Everglades National Park holds more than 350 species of birds and there are many ways to identify them. Generally, the birds of the glades can be placed into three different groups wading birds, land birds, and birds of prey. One of the most common kinds of birds you’ll come across is wading birds. Wading Birds all have long legs for wading in the shallow warm waters to catch their food. The White Ibis is a beautiful and commonly found wading bird. The ibis dines mostly on crayfish while most wading birds just prefer fish. The White Ibis is identified by its long curved beak that it uses to probe the shallows and mud in search of crayfish.

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Discover the Wildlife With Airboat Tours

Airboat tours of the everglades are the number one way to explore the subtropical wilderness, as well as have fun. Airboats skim across the water, bringing visitors up-close with Florida’s American alligators.  Everglades airboat tours are both exciting and fun for the entire family.

Airboats run smoothly over the sawgrass, it is a safe and smooth ride for all. Airboat tours at Fort Lauderdale Airboat rides are safe for people of any age. airboats have all the safety equipment and are inspected daily. The airboat captains are United States Coast Guard Captain certified and have grown up in the Everglades. All Captains are certified and they are a family business that has been around for 33 years in the Everglades.

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Airboat Rides Fort Lauderdale

Airboat rides of Fort Lauderdale are proud to be the number one airboat ride company on Trip Advisor Fort Lauderdale. Our company is family-owned and operated and has been in business for over 33 years. We are true gladesmen, however, we enjoy sharing that experience with visitors from all over the world.  Our family was doing airboat rides before airboating in Florida became popular. Back when there were only a few airboat tour companies in South Florida.

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16 Mar / 2018

A History of Airboats

When Were Airboats Created?

Airboats in the Everglades did not exist until after the late 1930s. The area that now lies between Fort Lauderdale and Naples including the National Park was considered an undesirable area.  The residents of South Florida and the first tycoons planned to develop the Everglades and commercialize it. Little did they know the most important factor of this Ecosystem was the water. This is what started the push for Its preservation, but that is another story. The first so-called airboat built outside of the United States was built by Alexander graham bell in 1905 in Canada it was called the ugly duckling. There is still debate today that Glen Curtis built the first actual airboat built for the swamps of Florida.

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Tips For Spotting Alligators 

You can spot Florida Alligators during an airboat ride.  This is why before going on a gator tour you should be aware of where to look so you can spot them. People are often looking directly at an alligator without being aware of it.

Usually found in wetlands, near swampy shores, and sawgrass marshlands, alligators prefer still water along with vegetation. They float in stagnant waters and therefore any lake, pond, or swamp makes for a good home for wild alligators. Gator tours in Florida give you the opportunity to spot them safely.

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Everglades Tours in Fort Lauderdale

Port Everglades, the United States’ third busiest cruise port is in Fort Lauderdale. One of the most popular Everglades tours from Fort Lauderdale, FL is an airboat tour. This exciting tour will take you into South Florida’s tropical wetlands that cover an area of 1.5 million acres with abundant flora and fauna and varied biodiversity.

The magnificent subtropical wilderness of Florida’s Everglades features several ecosystems, such as saw grass marshland, freshwater slough, mangrove, coastal lowland, tropical hammock, marl prairie, pineland, marine, cypress, and estuarine.

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Plan Your Airboat Ride

An airboat ride Fort Lauderdale Florida can be made easier by doing some planning ahead of time. One of the most important things would be the weather, typically outdoor activities for residents of Florida are enjoyed more in the cooler months. The best months for outdoor activities are from October thru May. Although June and July are warmer it is not too bad. The hottest time of the year is late July, August, and September. So when planning a Fort Lauderdale airboat tour consider these weather factors when vacationing in Florida.

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