Apparently there are over a million alligators in Florida alone. We have all heard the stories of gators in pools or basking in the sun by the roadside. Unfortunately when you are on the lookout for one, it’s very unlikely you will see any. However, one reliable place to see alligators is the Everglades and there the Anhinga trail. It is not the most popular trail for nothing!
To get to the Anhinga trail, you must go to the Royal Palm Visitor Center which is a six kilometer drive from the Everglades’ main entrance. Be prepared to pay an admission fee to drive into the park.
As you arrive at Royal Palm, you will see some cars covered with tarps. These are to protect cars from the vultures in the area. Tarps are supplied for visitors free of charge. Vultures are attracted to the rubber on vehicles and can cause severe damage to windshields, sun roofs and windshield wipers. Apparently another good tip to avoid the vultures pecking on your car is to park in the sun.
Look at those nasty birds.
No feeding or harrasing gators now. Do bring a bottle of water for yourself, you will need it if it’s sunny.
The trail is manmade and a bit over one kilometer. It’s even wheelchair accessible.
The trail is also a birdlovers paradise. This one looks like a great blue heron – any bird specialist can correct me if I’m wrong.
I assume this is one of the famous Anhinga – from which the trail has recieved its name.
If you have kids in tow, it’s a fun idea to ask them to count how many gators they see. Our son counted around 30. Oh, and keep your children close, as there are no fences between you and the wildlife.
We also walked the Gumbo Limbo Trail. But I would recommend you skip it unless you have plenty of time. It’s a shady, paved trail in the forest. It’s very short, I’ll give it that, but it’s also quite boring if you’re not into trees.
See you later alligator!
Have you been to the Everglades? What did you do or see there?