I have a bucket list a mile long, an airboat ride was never on it, but after living the majority of my life so close to the Everglades, it was about time I gave it a spin. It was less of a spin and more of a fast glide and it got our family stamp of approval. In all fairness, our family has fun everywhere we go together. Especially when we get to be outdoors and bring our cousins along. Don’t let Kate’s face fool you, she had a blast.
The guided tour at Coopertown takes you through the “swamp” which is really not a swamp but more of a bay or something because of the currents, or something of the sort. It’s not like I couldn’t hear the tour guide explaining it because of the literal cotton in my ears, I was just focused on finding gators and feeding Kate some fruit snacks to keep her from eating the soggy Oreo on the floor. Don’t worry, it wasn’t my Oreo. I’m not a monster, I would’ve never let it fall anywhere but into my mouth.
Speaking of cotton, Em’s Hearing Protection Earmuffs are a better alternative to protect your little’s ears.
After the airboat tour, you can hold a baby gator, pet a snake, and learn a little bit about the alligators and snakes that are part of the Coopertown family.
None of us shied away from the opportunity to hold a baby gator. Kate included. Yes, my kids are fearless. We try to teach them to be fearless but I’m pretty sure they were just born this way. It’s really a blessing and a curse and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
(I married a stud, didn’t I?! It’s probably why my babies are so cute.)
Isabella had the most fun. She not only held a real gator, pet a snake, and got her own toy gator, but she tried to catch a fish. Always maximizing on opportunities for fun, this kid.
Have you ever been to the Everglades? Share your best gator stories (no University of Florida posts allowed unless it also involves a Miami Hurricane win).