In the Everglades you can't miss an airboat ride. We went to Coopertown airboats (close to Miami), which was booked in advance. Otherwise we probably would have choosen a company in Everglades city, where we stayed the night before. Coopertown is located on the Tiamiami Trial: the road going straight through the Everglades from Miami to Naples. There's enough parking and we didn't have to wait long before the next airboat left. The airboats make a lot of noise, so the provided us with cotton balls for our ears. The airboat ride in total takes about 40 minutes. We had a nice little group in the boat and we stopped regularly, so the guide could explain more about the Everglades and the animals and plant in it. We saw some nice birds(including one beautiful colorred rare bird), giant turtels and 2 alligators. We expected to see a bit more alligators. In the morning we were near Everglades city and there are lots of alligators there. I guess in this part of the Everglades, there aren't that many. At the end of the tours, you could hold a baby alligator (Gucci), that was held in captivity. I thought that was a bit too touristy, but my kids (4 and almost 6) loved that they could touch a real alligator. My kids love the airboatride a lot, especially the oldest one.
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