One of my favorite highlights of our Florida trip were the air boat rides at Camp Holly. Camp Holly is a place in the Florida Everglades. We wanted the kids to see the most beautiful parts of Florida, and you can't skip the Everglades! To my surprize when we got there we were able to order drinks form a small Karaoke bar right next to the air boats. The kids were actually allowed in the bar, which was interesting and there were games set up on the tables. Clay and I played a 'friendly' game of checkers. We were close the entire game, but he beat me in the end. The only real food that they served there (besides packaged ice cream) was alligator meat. We got in the air boats and the captain gave some warnings. He told us that there were life preservers in the front if we needed them, but we would be eaten before we could drown. We put them on the kids anyway.
The boats were loud and fast. The first alligator we came across was sitting so still I honestly though that it was fake. Then the real action began. There were alligators EVERYWHERE! Big alligators, baby alligators, alligators on the shore, in the water, 4 feet away from the boat.
The captain was absolutely right. There was no doubt that you would be eaten before you would drown. We came across an emergency shelter in the middle of no where - where no one would hear you scream. I think I'd rather brave the extreme weather than get off the boat here.
We had a blast, and I definately want to go again. The ride made me almost wish there were 'gators in RI, almost.