Between Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World, There’s surely no shortage of attractions in the Orlando, Florida area. However, one that you may not have heard of yet is Gatorland, a 110-acre wildlife preserve and theme park dedicated to those iconic Floridian creatures, including four rare “white” leucistic alligators. The park opened its doors in 1949, and has remained family-owned ever since.
If you’ve never ventured out, hoping for a glimpse of these majestic creatures, you’re missing out. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll see one, it’s still an exciting and unique experience. It’s fun for all ages, and it’s only possible in certain bodies of water. Head to one of these hot spots for your best chance. And make sure to bring a pair of binoculars and a camera to capture the moment for posterity … and bragging rights.
You don’t need to go buy a plane ticket, pack your khaki bucket hat, and head out to the Serengeti or some other far-off place to experience an awe-inspiring safari. All across the United States are expertly curated safari parks aimed at humanely treating our four-legged, feathered, and reptilian friends and allowing us to get closer than we ever thought possible to exotic creatures big and small.
Our national bird is somewhat elusive, so when a location is known to be a habitat where these impressive creatures can be easily observed, the location takes on a following all its own. Once endangered, bald eagles have made a wonderful recovery. According to the Smithsonian Institution, there are now more than 9,700 nesting pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Twenty-three of the 48 contiguous states now have at least 100 breeding pairs of bald eagles. Bald eagles can be seen in every state except Hawaii. We suggest the following locations, as good starting points, and then add to them as you are able.
From Nebraska to Utah, Route 6 gives you a taste of all of the wonders of the Centennial State. Begin in the Northeastern corner of Colorado, as Route 6 follows the South Platte River. A cluster of silos at the Grainland Co-Op marks the spot as you pass from Nebraska into Colorado.
I used to think that you could only find California vineyards in the northern part of the state – such as Napa Valley and Sonoma. For those who aren’t originally from California, most would never assume there’d be a vineyard in Malibu. When we think if Malibu, the first things that come to mind are beach side mansions, but not vineyards. We can guarantee the very last thing, besides a vineyard, that anyone would expect to be in Malibu is a safari with animals such as a giraffe, bison and zebras – among many others! Well, let us enlighten you – there is a a vineyard AND a safari. That’s not the best part though. The best is that they both come as a packaged deal! A 2-for-1 – The Malibu Wine Safari!
Florida is known for its incredible array of beaches. From the seashell lined shores surrounding Naples to the party filled atmosphere in Miami there is truly something for everyone.
But, one part of Florida that was made to attract those looking to enjoy the absolute natural beauty of Florida’s beaches and coastal sea life has to be Merritt Island and Canaveral National Seashore. Here, you won’t find sandwich shops, arcade boardwalks, and souvenir kiosks, nope these 23 miles of undeveloped land has been left just as it was intended to be enjoyed.
Pretty much everyone can agree that the National Parks are some of the very best America has to offer both visitors and residents alike.
Now, chances are, you’ve heard of or even been to some of the most popular parks like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, or Yellowstone. But, there are actually 59 National Parks, plus over 300 designations including National Forests, Lakeshores, Battlefield Sites, Trails, and Monuments also run by the National Park System.
With the National Park Service celebrating 100 years in 2016, this year is the perfect time to start exploring. Here, we’re going to cover some of the best lesser known National Parks. Once you visit some of these beauties, don’t blame us when you’re hooked on the entire system.
Are you wild about whales, but would you prefer to watch them from the shore? Here are some of the best beaches where the likelihood of whale spotting is higher than average. Some of these seaside locations specialize in whale related viewing platforms and programs. Others enjoy a word-of-mouth reputation for being whale sighting locales. All of them are great places to enjoy the many splendors where the ocean and the land meet.