Without a boat, fishing can only occur in municipal fountains, unattended corners of aquariums, and rubber-duck adorned bathtubs. Do one better with today's Groupon: for $37, you get a five-hour boat rental from Everglades Holiday Park (a $75 value).
Everglades Holiday Park takes sightseers off the beaten path and onto the scenic waters of the Everglades. Pursue largemouth bass and their less sassy brethren from sunup to sundown in a rented vessel with up to three other passengers. A quick tutorial on how to use the boat and a complimentary map of the Everglades open up waterways for five hours of fishing with friends, debating naval politics with flagfish, or eloping with a very special diamond killifish. Rental poles and live bait are available from the bait-and-tackle shop, and gourmands can select food, soda, beer, wine, and ice for a water-buoyed picnic. Fishing licenses, required for the journey, are for sale at the park office and are offered as a one-year Florida-resident license or a three-day pass for a nonresident ($17.50). Though not included with today's Groupon, fishing guides are available and require a 36-hour notice if requested.
Everglades Holiday Park
Everglades Holiday Park unveils the natural splendor of one of Earth's last undisturbed territories with invigorating airboat tours and interactive alligator presentations. Visitors to the untamed river of grass explore its wetlands and observe its animal residents, and tour guides keep encroaching gators at bay with pointed comments of historic and ecological significance. The powerful airboat fleet features a covered passenger vessel for all-weather observation and an innovative zephyr-harnessing propulsion system that allows boats to swiftly skim across the Everglades' grassy rivers while sneaking up on unsuspecting patches of spanish moss. The park is also home to Animal Planet's Gator Boys; most of the reality show's episodes are filmed here.
The park complements boat tours with 20-minute gator presentations that star a cast of live alligators and shed some light on nature's last remaining dinosaurs. The boat captains are always available for private charters, which can be stocked with food, beverages, and ice at the park's 24-hour general store before heading out for fishing expeditions or leisurely cruises through the glades.