Situated on 2,200 acres of uncultivated Florida everglades, Billie Swamp Safari slakes swamp curiosities with swamp-buggy tours, airboat rides, and specialty wildlife shows. Customers can hop aboard an elevated swamp buggy for a 60-minute half-land and half-water eco-tour where they’ll careen through forested thoroughfares lined with lush vegetation and land-loafing bison, then drift down shallow waterways brimming with freshwater salt turtles and befuddled fish. With a one-day admission pass, swamp visitors can also skid through vegetation-rich swamp trails on an airboat or watch humans, snakes, and alligators interact at the animal and reptile shows, reigniting fond memories of childhood romps in Grandma’s basement cellar.
Grassland breezes swirl through the open-air Jeeps at Orange Jeep Tours, by Collier Adventures. Talking over the gusts, a knowledgeable tour guide rattles off historical facts and tidbits about the passing ecological sites. Each custom Jeep can hold up to six passengers and weave into hard-to-reach nature spots for intimate looks at animal behavior, such as a blue heron gulping down a fish, an alligator lurking just below the water, or a bald eagle reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.