A trip to Orlando, Florida is an exciting adventure no matter what time of year you arrive. While many travelers head here in the name of exploring amazing theme parks, an Orlando getaway also puts adventurers within reach of some incredible wildlife encounters and experiences in the great outdoors! Among them is Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park. This thrilling destination gives guests a chance to immerse themselves in the beauty and wonder of the Florida Everglades found just beyond the parameters of bustling Orlando. A stop here can feel worlds away from the theme parks, as visitors are invited to explore the local wilderness alongside a knowledgeable and friendly guide while getting close to the many creatures that call the Everglades home.
Make the Most of an Amazing and Wild Adventure
A visit to Wild Florida during your Orlando getaway means taking time to spot everything from tropical birds and alligators to white-tailed deer and even sloths while you explore this incredible wilderness refuge. Located at 3301 Lake Cypress Road in nearby Kenansville, Wild Florida also hosts adventurous airboat rides that are ideal for making amazing family memories. The Wild Florida refuge hosts a collection of raised walkways for guests to explore that provide a unique vantage point over habitats hosting animals from across the globe as well as those local to Florida. There are areas dedicated to African wildlife, South American wildlife, and Australian wildlife as well that can be viewed from this protected and elevated walkway.
One of the most diverse ecosystems on-site is the swamp. Home to gators and incredible foliage, the swamps at the Wild Florida refuge are best explored via an airboat tour! This unique mode of transportation is as helpful for viewing the landscape as it is thrilling for guests who have never moved through the terrain at such incredible speeds. Not to worry, there are plenty of stops along the way to spot alligators and learn more about your surroundings.
Booking an airboat adventure as a part of your admission ticket is a great way to make the most of your time at Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park. Tours can be booked as an experience that spans a few hours or as a half-day of fun according to guest preference. The longer tour includes a BBQ lunch at Chomp House Grill, making the experience equal parts exciting and savory. The airboat ride itself traverses an incredible swath of protected swamp land that includes marshes and river access. There’s an alligator handling show included as well as a nature demonstration to offer up more insight into the terrain and the creatures it hosts. Guests who book an airboat tour with alligator encounters included can rest assured they’ll be stepping onboard a U.S. Coast Guard-certified vessel that skims the shoreline and can easily and safely maneuver across the 4,200 acres of swamp.
Planning Your Visit
Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park is located just about an hour outside of Orlando, and those with tours booked are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Visitors are allowed to bring their own food and drinks to enjoy on the premises but will find that on-site dining is equally delicious! Both day and evening airboat tours are available for booking, with nighttime tours seeing an increased amount of gator activity. On-site parking here is free to guests, and the park is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Depending on the season you book a tour, there are increased chances of seeing particular types of animals. Between December and April, alligator sightings can be paired with unique bird sightings, as a variety of species migrate during this time. May through November offers up a good chance to see alligator nesting and hatching activity as well.
Those who are looking to enhance their visit with even more unique experiences will want to be sure to book a Dine with Sloths moment at Wild Florida. As you eat, you’ll learn about these slow but fascinating creatures who are hanging around your dining area! The park also has opportunities for guests to book tickets that include alligator feedings and paint nights with sloths.
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