It was menacing but intriguing at the same time. We could hear a deep grumbling humming sound all around us but didn’t know what it was. It was loud and deep enough that we should have been able to feel it on our feet, but we didn’t – what was it? We came around the bend and there they were: hundreds, maybe thousands on them… Some were in the water only visible because their eyes were barely above the surface. Some were lying around enjoying the sun, while others had their mouths open and were showing us their huge teeth.
This wasn’t a movie or a ride at Disney World – this was the real thing – right in front of us were thousands of man-eating alligators in the flesh looking like they were sizing up my flesh!
Located in Florida City/Homestead (just south of Miami) is the Everglades Alligator Farm – a real, working, commercial alligator farm (www.everglades.com) where you can see thousands of alligators up-close. Visitors are treated to fascinating snake and alligator shows, including an alligator feeding where you get a real feel for just how many alligators are in those ponds! During the shows, you even have the opportunity to hold baby alligators or snakes and get your pictures taken with them.
Included in your entry fee is an airboat ride into the Everglades where you’ll see Florida’s river grass up close. It’s not uncommon on the tours to see alligators, fish, turtles and several species of birds. Be warned though – you just might get wet on this ride when the captain performs his amazing 360-degree spins! Don’t worry though, you’ll have plenty of time to dry out while you watch the alligator feeding, wander the perimeter of the alligator ponds, and view alligators in pens at various stages of life – from very young right through to early adulthood.
It’s a great place to stop for a couple of hours before heading into the Florida Keys – you won’t be disappointed and it’s something you’ll never forget.
For more tourist information check out www.fla-keys.com
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