Scary movies, crunchy leaves and pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only things to look forward to this fall season. Taking a trip to the Florida Everglades during this ideal time can be more rewarding and awe-inspiring than ever.
The Florida Everglades focuses on two distinct and very important seasons. They are both based on water levels, as water is the lifeblood that allows the wetlands to thrive. The “Summer” season is the wet season, beginning in mid-May and ending in November. During this time, the Florida Everglades gets soaked with heavy rainfalls. It is a vital period in the delicate balancing dance of the ecosystem. However, it does come with some challenges such as insects and difficultly viewing wildlife. Notwithstanding, those things don’t hinder the Everglades swamp buggies or airboats that move visitors through wetlands. However, fall serves as a beautiful transitional period into the dry season. Essentially, it occurs from December through April. During this time, Water levels dry up quickly, and wildlife begins to flourish like never before. At the same time, visitors can see birds from all over the world seeking refuge in the Florida Everglades from the cold up north. Alligators, fish, turtles and many other wildlife suddenly become more visible. Water levels drop, skies clear and one of the most beautiful times of the year begins!
With hot and humid weather moving out of the way, fresh and breezy temperatures beckon visitors into the Florida Everglades. Students are back in school and looking for fun and consistent activities now more than ever. One of the best places to experience the booming influx of Everglades wildlife is at Billie Swamp Safari. Here, award-winning swamp buggy tours can traverse the newly hardened land and bring families and friends face-to-face with some amazing creatures. Although water levels are lowered, watering holes are always filled, and animals will frequently gather around in plain sight for a drink. Thus, visibility during this period is at its peak. Birds also prefer nesting during this time, as fish are moved into a smaller area of space (due to the decrease in water) and become easier to catch for them and their babies. Animal exhibits are also available for those who prefer to view animals in a more contained setting. The shows are available for a wide range of species, not limited to snakes, alligators, skunks, otters, ground hogs and even a panther named Liberty!
With fall upon us, it’s time to ditch the swimsuit, grab the binoculars, and head to the Florida Everglades.
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