When you think of Florida wildlife the first thing that come to mind is of course the ferocious but fascinating Florida Gator. Gatorland in particular is known for spotlighting its mascot but many do not know that the wildlife park also boast an abundance of Crocodiles as well.
In fact Florida is home to a wide variety of wildlife waiting to be viewed by you in their natural habitats. Calling all animal lovers, grab your bug spray and binoculars because we’re about to explore Florida’s “Wild Side”.
Bald Eagle- Florida has the largest population of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states. These distinctive creatures are a staple in American culture. Watch as Bald Eagles fly over Florida’s estuaries and wetlands. Take a day trip to the Everglades to view this symbol of freedom in person.
Crocodiles- The difference in numbers between alligators and crocodiles in Florida keep the latter in the back of most people’s minds. For example Gatorland is home to hundreds of alligators but only about two dozen crocs. The wildlife park plans to show off their faster and meaner reptiles in an explosive set of shows debuting this spring.
Manatee- During Florida’s periodic winter cold spells these gentle giants of the sea can be viewed in the naturally warm springs and rivers of Central Florida. Whether you are canoeing in the Blue Springs of Orlando or near Crystal River and Tampa Bay keep an eye out for these majestic mammals.
Fish-Almost anywhere is Florida is a good fishing spot but you may need a local guide to find a “big fish”. Try one of the many freshwater lakes and rivers, or travel far offshore into the Atlantic Gulf Stream or Gulf of Mexico. Patience is a virtue and the right bait is a must to catch something, but your trip out to the water will be rewarded. Just make sure to check with FWC if you can keep it! If your more interested in simply viewing the fish in their natural habitat simply put on a mask and snorkel!
Florida has so much to offer and we hope you are able to enjoy all of it. If time gets away from you feel free to extend your stay or book with us again.
Book now and start planning your excursions to the “Wild Side” of Florida today.