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Wild Florida: Adventure In The Everglades

By Robert Dellamano

Floridians have a right to be proud of their beautiful Everglades and native wildlife- we think of armored alligators hiding among thick mangroves and birds sailing over quiet marshland. Perhaps that explains why airboat tours have become so popular. Forty-five minutes outside of Orlando, Wild Florida Airboat Tours and Wildlife Park offers tours that bring visitors deep into the protected swamps, marshes and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades. The company gives visitors an up-close look at the alligators, birds, eagles, trees and plants, while gliding through over 100,000 acres of beautiful wetlands.

"As native Floridians, we have always dreamed about owning the most pristine and exciting airboat tours in Orlando," says Ranier Munns, co-owner. "After years of searching for the perfect location, we discovered the beautiful shores of Cypress Lake at the headwaters of the Everglades, and Wild Florida was born. There's not another place like this in the state, and we guarantee you won't see any development, homes, or signs of human life. The middle of nowhere has been discovered!"

Along with an airboat tour admission, explorers to the middle of nowhere can view a wildlife park full of zebras, watusi, deer, emu, wild boar, lemurs, sloths, monster alligators, and more. A visit to Wild Florida also includes a tropical bird aviary, hands-on alligator demonstrations, a gift shop and 500 ft. sightseeing deck, along with a boardwalk that winds through a Florida cypress swamp ecosystem. With over 100 native and exotic animals, birds and alligators, Wild Florida promises plenty of wildlife.

What to do after the excitement of an airboat tour? Guests can ride high above the ground on a ranch buggy as they explore one of Florida's oldest working cattle ranches. The hour-long tour will explain the cattle industry and its rich history in the Central Florida area, and riders will also have the chance to see many other types of wildlife including hogs, turkeys and many native birds.

"And don't forget to try the Chomp House Grill with smoked chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs and even fried alligator," adds Munns. "We truly have something for everyone, and provide southern hospitality and old Florida charm. Whether you have a group, reunion, birthday party, wedding, convention, field trip or family outing, we'd like to host you at Wild Florida!" Wild Florida can accommodate virtually any sized group and provide a unique venue in the Everglades.

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Robert Dellamano received a B.S. in Biology from Southern Illinois University,...

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