Spring Break in the Swamp

This year we decided to go down to the Everglades for a few days (nothing big, just three days in the swamp).

The kids were on Spring Break earlier this month and, just as we've done for the past few years, we used this time to enjoy some family time together.  This year we decided to go down to the Everglades for a few days (nothing big, just three days in the swamp).

We drove down to Everglades City on a Tuesday morning and checked into the Everglades City Rod & Gun Club.  The Rod & Gun Club was built during the 1860's and, although it's seen better days, it's location, architecture and screened-in porches take you back to a time when Florida was a very different place.

Rod & Gun

On the afternoon of our arrival we took a National Park Service boat tour out through the 10,000 Islands and into Florida Bay.  This was a nice, inexpensive way to see the Bay.  On the tour we saw dolphin, manatees, a spotted eagle ray, and a bald eagle.

10,000

The next morning we took an airboat ride through the swamp.  Our captain took us on a thrilling ride through a maze of mangrove tunnels and islands that led out to an open marshland.  It was a great time and we all agreed that this was definately the highlight of our three-day trip.

Airboat

After our airboat ride we drove into Everglades National Park and saw thousands of wading birds, hundreds of aligators, and enough snakes to make me and Andrea pretty uncomfortable.

Finally, on our last day, we took a short swamp buggy ride and then saw an authentic alligator show at a road-side attraction that harkens back to the 1960's.  Then we drove back to St. Pete that afternoon.

Ellagator

This was one of the best Spring Break trips that we've taken.  We didn't have to travel far or spend too much money and we all had a great time getting to know Florida a little better.