Upon arriving in Miami I learnt something. Miami and Miami Beach are separate cities. I also learnt that the American definition of city is literally any area with houses and people in it. This was further reinforced when we got to “Everglade City”, a collection of houses at the far end of the Everglades. We were here for Captain Jacks boat tours, despite driving past billboards for around 50 other companies on our way.
I’m glad we kept driving though. There were 4 other people on our boat, a very stereotypical American family with a moody teenager and an overally enthusiastic dad. Our captain was lovely and guided us through a small section of the 1.5 million acres of mangrove forest. (Although he said a million and a half so I assumed he meant 1,000,000.5).
After the ride we got free entry to their wildlife park where we saw tigers, lions and a wide variety of alligators and crocodiles. It was a nice addition although probably not worth it if you had to pay as the big cats looked depressed and you saw raccoons and gators on the boat anyway.
Whether you go with Captain Jacks or not, it probably doesn’t matter, I’d definitely recommend taking a trip to the Everglades for an airboat trip if you’re visiting the Miami area. It’s something totally different and was only about an hour away.