Airboats, Alligators and Roadside Attractions
I pretty much try to live Florida like a tourist, otherwise I feel like I’d miss out on some pretty rad stuff. My favorite adventures are ones that include old-time attractions. Add in the great outdoors and I’m golden. For years, I’ve been wanting to take an Everglades airboat ride. It’s a classic Florida experience. Today, my mission was accomplished and I couldn’t have had a better time.
First off, Florida nature makes me feel like a kid again. Spending a good chunk of my childhood on Florida rivers, I grew to have a strong love and fascination with native wildlife and ecosystems. With that said, the Everglades was obviously a fantastic destination for me. The adventure started with some baby alligator snuggling, which was incredible. I’ve seen many a baby alligator in the wild and have always thought they’d be snuggly…theory proven to be fact.
Then, there was the boat ride. Captain Kenny Smallwood was a wild man, weaving through the mangroves at high speeds, even doing a few donuts. On the ride, we encountered a couple larger alligators and a family of super cute raccoons. To top it off, my motion sickness didn’t get the best of me.
A trip through Florida wouldn’t be complete without a few roadside attractions. Pitstops were made at the nation’s smallest post office, a giant panther statue and the Skunk Ape Research Center. All in all, a perfect Florida road trip.