Sawgrass Recreational Park
By Brian Faso
for a taste of Florida's history, wildlife and natural beauty? Have
you ever seen an alligator in it's own natural environment? Have
you ever been face to face with a real Florida Panther? Sawgrass
Recreational Park brings it all to you in one exciting visit. The
park offers airboat tours, historical displays and the complete
natural Florida experience. Located just west of Broward County,
in the heart of the Florida Everglades, Sawgrass Park is easily
accessible and the perfect family day trip.
It was a beautiful Sunday morning when my wife and I arrived at
the park. The sunlight was glistening off the water of the Everglades
as the boaters and fishermen geared up for the day. Across the way
we could hear the captains starting up the airboats for our exciting
tour across the freshwater. We purchased our tickets and boarded
our boat to meet Captain Brian, who would be our captain and tour
guide for the day. As the fans on the airboat started, my wife and
I realized why we had received earplugs. The fans were fairly loud
but provided for a more intense everglade experience. Within five
minutes after leaving the docks, Captain Brian brought us up along
side of a 8-10 foot alligator! The gator and we sat still for about
fifteen seconds, watching in awe. The gator then flinched and darted
towards the high sawgrass to hide. This was the first time I had
ever seen an alligator in its natural environment and it was truly
The airboat ride continued on for about a half an hour, as we were
able to see the natural birds and fish of the everglades. We heard
the history of the everglades and the details of the high sawgrass
the area is named after. We saw some of the native turtles peek
their heads from the water and quickly disappear. As we made our
way back to the docks, we saw a hawk swoop down from trees and pull
a fish from the water, only to return to the branch and wait for
the fish to finish it's last attempts for escape. This was almost
as amazing as the alligator sighting! It is truly breath taking
to see nature at it's finest.
After the airboat ride my wife and I walked through the Seminole
Indian Preserves. This is a
replica of the 18th century Indian villages that inhabited the area
hundreds of years ago. It
was interesting to see the lifestyles of the native Americans; you
could not help but feel respect
for their native heritage and cultures. The park has set up viewing
areas for guest to see a brief set of videotapes discussing the
native lifestyle and traditional customs.
After a brief walk through the Seminole Preserves we entered the
Alligator and Reptile Exhibit. Here we were able to get an up close
and personal view of the gators, snakes, crocodiles and lizards.
The park also features a Cayman, which is a large creature, that
is a mixture between an alligator and a crocodile.
As we exited the viewing area for the reptiles, we came across
a sign pointing east towards a walkway stating that the Florida
Panther viewing area was just around the corner. We hustled down
the short path to come across three of the most beautiful wild animals
we had ever seen.
They were real wild Florida Panthers! The park allowed us to get
up close and personal with these animals as well. This was the highlight
of our trip. They were so beautiful that words can not due them
If you and the family are looking for a taste of Florida's history,
wildlife and natural beauty, you must plan a visit to Sawgrass Recreational
Park. Sawgrass Recreational Park brings it all to you in one exciting
visit. To set up your visit with them on the web, visit their site
Also for a great place to stay only minutes away, book a room at
the Renaissance Hotel and Resort in Davie, Florida. It is a beautiful
resort close to all of the action just off routes 595 and 75 in
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