Everglades National Park is fun for the whole family to explore. There is no void of activities to try or creatures to meet and observe, not to mention the seas of mangroves to explore. Most of all, there are some thrilling airboat rides in the Everglades.
While afloat in the Everglades, however, it helps to make sure that everyone in the group stays safe. This way, you can avoid worries and simply enjoy a good time. Follow these tips to make sure your airboat exploration stays fun and danger free.
Absolutely do not feed the animals
Sure, they may look really cute, but they are wild creatures and can become aggressive if you try to feed them, no matter how little. For the sake of your family’s safety, avoid feeding any birds or other Everglades creatures. The same also goes for crocodiles and alligators.
Familiarize yourself to the terrain you want to explore
Because the Everglades is one of the largest national parks in the U.S., knowing your way around can greatly help in keeping you and your family from getting lost. If you want to explore the park on your own before your airboat ride or afterward, you can get a map from the visitor’s center to help you. It also helps to carry a compass along on your trip to stay oriented, even on the boat. And, there are always park rangers available to help you.
Prepare well for any activity you wish to try
Whether you are airboating, biking, paddling or hiking in the Everglades, be sure to dress appropriately. Wear hats, sunglasses and clothing that protects you from the sun while on the water. Make sure you bring along a compact medical kit, too, in case of bites or injuries. Moreover, bring enough water so that everyone in your family can stay hydrated throughout the trip.
Keep a close eye on the kids
Keep your children safe by supervising them closely, especially when you and your family are near the water or around some of the Everglades’ famous creatures. It helps to keep them in front of you so that you can see where they are and what they are doing at all times.
By keeping these safety measures in mind you should enjoy a fun Everglades experience that everyone will be talking about for weeks.
Safety/ National Park Service, nps.gov
More Warnings and Dangers in Everglades National Park/ Virtual Tourist, virtualtourist.com