My personal favorite spot is Okefenokee Swamp, a National Wildlife Refuge located in in the southeastern portion of Georgia. I took a trip there this past September, and saw in excess of 400 alligators over a three day period. Plus I even stumbled upon a nest of baby gators, which is an awesome sight if you ever get a chance to see them. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
For viewing alligators in Okefenokee Swamp, I'd suggest a warmer late-spring, summer, or early fall day. The alligators like the warmth of the sun, and will pull themselves out onto the bank. You are unlikely to see an alligator on the shore if you visit in the winter months, as the temperature gets cold and the alligators hibernate. -- William S. Howard
The Everglades in Florida is also a good location, although I didn't see that many when I was there this past February. For the best chance of seeing them up close, the ranger suggested that I check out the Anhinga Trail at Royal Palm, just a short drive from the Ernest Coe visitor center.
Where cattle once roamed, alligators gather. At former cattle ranch Circle B Bar Reserve in Florida , wetlands restoration has allowed the waters of cypress-lined Lake Hancock to reclaim the landscape. Watch your back as you walk the aptly named Alligator Alley! -- Sarah Friend Circle B Bar Reserve
To me, one of the best ways to see alligators -- and to experience the true beauty of the Florida Everglades -- is to take an airboat ride through the sawgrass march, which is completely un-explorable by foot. An airboat will allow you to journey into nature's secretly preserved wilderness. The Everglades is made up of roughly 1.4 million acres of grasslands and hardwood hammocks. The airboat ride will take you to the legendary Everglades National Park, which is recognized as one of the world's most unique ecosystem. The Everglades is a natural wonder where you will encounter lush vegetation and tranquility. On the ride, you will be amidst alligators, native flora & fauna, and other exotic wildlife (mostly birds and turtles) in their habitat, as your airboat thrust through this River of Grass. To me, the highlight of the trip was running across a cluster of newly hatched baby alligators. Baby alligators are a delight to encounter.
I did a private airboat ride, which I highly recommend if you can afford it. A private boat runs roughly $250 - 300 for a one hour tour. Much cheaper is a group tour, which can generally be found for under $20. Personally, I enjoyed the tour given by Everglades Safari Park Airboat Rides ~ William
In our private tour of the Everglades, our airboat was able to fit into the small channels which the larger group airboats could not go. On the trip, we saw about 6 adult alligators. Then, later, we saw a mother alligator with about 20 babies. The baby alligators, which were simply adorable, swam right up to our airboat. Meanwhile, the mother alligator hid cautiously watching everything. It was totally worth the extra money for a private tour. - Sara
Wow, what a great ride I really enjoyed the airboat ride, as it was even better than the rides at Disney World! I especially enjoyed seeing live crocodiles right next to our boat, while we stopped to get a better look. This airboat ride is definitely that once in a lifetime thing that you have to do!!! ~ Paul
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