Turtle swimming in ocean
  • 27 October 2018

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.

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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