Nicknamed the "Gateway to the Everglades," this 29 acre (.12 sq. km) park has been entertaining and educating visitors for more than 30 years. Most famous for its guided airboat rides, as well as being the home to the Animal Planet’s Gator Boys show, Everglades Holiday Park is a classic—if a bit kitschy—introduction to the Everglades and its wild inhabitants. With covered airboats, the ride into the Everglades is a bit more civilized and finding alligators is almost guaranteed, as the guides know their scaly neighbors by sight. The gator “wrestling” show by the Gator Boys is a crowd favorite; those who like to walk on the wild side can even get their picture taken holding a live gator.
Everglades Holiday Park is located at the western end of Griffin Road, off U.S. 27 and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Airboat tours operate daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., departing every 20 minutes. Adult tour tickets for the airboat rides are $22.50 for an hour tour; children’s tour tickets (11 years and younger) are $11. Children three years of age and younger are free.