What do you do with a day in the Florida Keys when you can't go diving? You visit and an alligator farm. Everglades Alligator Farm is the oldest alligator farm in South Florida.
The airboat ride was super noisy! They gave everyone ear protection for the ride.
Captain Paul drove the boat. He really liked to do fast spins in the open water area.
It was a little creepy during the first part of the ride. The sides of the boat are not that high. There were alligators swimming all around us in the water.
I was glad I was not sitting on the outside seat. Do you see that big alligator?
Boogs was not fond of how noisy the ride was but he did appreciate the speed.
We went to the Snake Show. Boogs made sure he pet and held all of the snakes that he could.
I told him there was no way he would EVER get a snake as a pet. "But Momma, look how cute this snake is." NO!
The guy who did the alligator show, had a huge scar on one of his arms. He said he got a little close one time and almost lost his arm.
Of course, Boogs thought the alligators were cute, too.
We took some time to walk on the nature trail and feed the fish, ducks, turtles, and emu.
Look at my husband playing hide and seek with that emu.
Everglades Alligator Farm was a neat little place to visit.
We left the farm and drove about ten miles to reach Everglades National Park. Along the way we kept seeing different animal crossing signs. This one wanted you to watch out for panthers. I am much more comfortable with the deer crossing signs at home.
At Everglades National Park, we stopped at the visitor's center and asked about the Jr. Ranger Program. Boogs got a booklet and started working on it while we toured the visitor's center.
After watching a video about the formation of the Everglades, we went outside to work on a couple of pages of Boogs' booklet.
Just about the time we were ready to hit the trails, the weather started to change.
A storm blew in with huge lightning and loud thunder. That made up our minds to call it a day. We did not get a chance to see more of the park.
We made it back to our condo, had dinner, and went to bed early.