When people think of Florida and wildlife, ‘gators and talking mice spring to mind, but there’s so much more to see than cartoon characters and snappy reptiles. We’ve picked some of our favourite places across the Sunshine State for spotting animals of all shapes and sizes.
Run into the sea with baby turtles at Loggerhead Marinelife Centre
We adore turtles, and Loggerhead Marinelife Centre on Juno Beach just north of Palm Beach is our favourite place to spot them. The centre specialises in sea turtle and marine conservation and is one of Florida’s, finest non-profit cultural destinations. The best time to visit is in August, for the chance to see the birthing season where pregnant females lay hundreds of eggs. It’s a breath-taking experience that will stay with you forever.
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Sea turtle nesting season update! We currently have 11,950 nests! Nesting season is coming to a close here in Palm Beach County, ending on Oct. 31. But nests will hatch out until the end of the year! We can’t wait to see what our final nest count is here, on one of the most densely nested sea turtle beaches in the world! *Images acquired with FWC Permit MTP-18-086
Experience Everglades Area Tours
You can’t come to Florida and not visit the Everglades National Park. Look out for manatees, dolphins, alligators, and a diverse array of birdlife. Everglades Area Tours’ daylong expeditions are the perfect way to see the wetland environment. Don’t forget your camera, it’s a photographer’s paradise.
Fly with the birds in J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Covering half of Sanibel Island off the coast of Fort Myers in the Gulf of Mexico, the J.N “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, is home to 245 different species of birds. Perfect for budding ornithologists (that’s bird watchers to the uninitiated), the refuge is also a great place to see alligators, crocodilians and turtles too.
Get wet in the Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West
Not as arid as the name suggests, Dry Tortugas National Park, is in fact a 100 acre underwater reserve. There’s so much to explore, and some incredible wild inhabitants to spot, including nurse sharks, reef fish and turtles. It’s no surprise that the best ways to explore the park is by kayak, or go diving and snorkelling for an underwater adventure.
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“It also helps that the leaves can’t talk. If they could talk, they’d be like, “Aaaahhhhh! Get me chlorophyll!” -Jim Gaffigan . As the weather begins to get colder and the #leaves change, parks around the country light up with color, from Alaska to Maine, from mountains to deserts. What are some of your favorite parks to enjoy the changing leaves? . #FindYourPark #NPSColors #nationalparkservice #greatsanddunesnationalpark #colorado #fall #autumn? Image: Fall is golden at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve! Aspens, cottonwoods, three-leaf sumac, and red osier dogwood change color while fresh snow dusts the mountains/Patrick Myers