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Try To Spot Some Gators On A Virtual Visit To Florida’s Everglades

Fire up your airboat because we’re going virtually to one of Florida’s most primitive landscapes, where life is a little more rugged and the locals are a little more … toothy.

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Camp and VISIT FLORIDA have had a blast bringing you to some of the best destinations the state has to offer throughout December, and we’re excited to introduce you to even more of our favorite spots when Travel Tuesdays returns in January. On this trip, we took an excursion into the Florida Everglades, which is filled with history, hiking, boating, alligators, and … exotic fruit?

Meet Some of the Locals, but Don’t Get Too Close!



It’s estimated there are around 200,000 alligators living in the Florida Everglades, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see one if you’re determined enough. There are plenty of destinations for alligator-spotting in the area, but if you want to take some of the guesswork out, you can always hire a guided airboat expedition or encounter the creatures safely at Everglades Alligator Farm. If you’re interested in a visit, just fly into Miami International Airport and head about an hour south by car or bus.

Trek Into the Untamed Swamplands of the River of Grass



The Florida Everglades is sometimes called the River of Grass due to the abundance of sawgrass growing throughout the swampy landscape. Exploring this natural wonder can be a little treacherous, but luckily there are plenty of trails for hiking and biking without getting bogged down. Grab the tram or bike along the 15-mile Shark Valley loop for a chance to meet some alligators or visit the Corkscrew Swamp boardwalk to see the largest old growth Cypress forest in the country. If that’s not enough for you, go looking for bears or even panthers in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.

Take in a Little History (and Some Shopping, While You’re at It)



The Florida Everglades isn’t just acres of untamed nature; there’s also plenty of fun dining and shopping to take in as well. The Smallwood Store on Chokoloskee Island hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1906, and has plenty of fun souvenirs for you to go home with. If you’re looking for some tasty food, City Seafood in Everglades City is known for their Stone Crabs. Looking for something a bit more exotic? Try Robert Is Here fruit stand in Homestead, Fla.. There you’ll find fruits from around the world that you’ve probably never even heard of before. Just save a little Monstera deliciosa fruit for me!

Join Us Next Week for More Travel Tuesdays, Presented by Visit Florida!

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We had a wild time in the Everglades, but there’s still plenty left to explore in Florida. Join us for Travel Tuesdays next week when we visit Daytona International Speedway, and keep coming back throughout January for more fun Florida destinations.

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