4: Navigating the Everglades During Your Everglades Airboat Tour

Navigating the Everglades During Your Everglades Airboat Tour

This is the third installment of 12 Things to Experience on an Everglades Airboat Tour which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.

The Everglades and the 10,000 Islands are some of the last unexplored wilderness of Florida. The area considered the “Everglades” is defined as subtropical wetlands in the southern portion of Florida. It comprises the southern half of a large watershed.

The Everglades system begins near Orlando, where the Kissimmee River discharges into Lake Okeechobee. Water leaving the lake in the wet season forms a slow-moving river that is 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long. This river flows southward across a limestone shelf to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state.

The Everglades are shaped by water and fire, as this area experiences frequent flooding in the wet season and drought in the dry season. These sawgrass marshes are part of a complex system of interdependent ecosystems which include:

  • Cypress swamps
  • Estuarine mangrove forests of the Ten Thousand Islands
  • Tropical hardwood hammocks
  • Pine rockland
  • The marine environment of Florida Bay

At Captain Jack’s, the airboats travel the ‘coastal Everglades’ or the brackish zone. Once you board we will take you back inland through small creeks and bays that at times ONLY airboats are suited for. You’ll be surrounded by 3 species of mangrove and amazed by the web-like structures formed by the trees’ aerial roots, prop roots, and branches.12 Things to Experience on an Everglades Airboat Tour

The route of the trip may vary due to conditions, and where your captains think wildlife sightings are more likely. Every trip is a little different, due to wildlife, tides and weather. But, be assured, all tours are fun, educational and something you will remember for a lifetime!

Check out our video & photo gallery to see more exciting footage of our captains navigating through the Everglades. If you are ready to experience a thrilling adventure come see us at Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours located in Everglades City. When you tour with Captain Jack’s, you’ll receive a FREE photo holding a baby alligator with your camera! If you would like to learn more about us or if you are ready to book your trip contact us online, call us toll free at 1-800-282-9194, or connect with Captain Jack’s on Facebook.

– Captain Jack