While our time at the parks were over, we were very eager to explore the other sides to Kissimmee, Florida. One of best things about this historical city is that it is adjacent to the Everglades. Even Walt Disney once said, “Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us. They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the hearts of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water. Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine.” He thrilled children and adults alike with cartoons and amusement parks, but he knew that wonder could also be found right outside, in nature.
We decided the best way to get up close and personal with the Everglades was to take an airboat. We used Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, which was located in a nearby Native American village.
A fun way to discover the breathtaking beauty of natural Floridian wonders is to be whisked across the surface of the water on an airboat. At first we idled along canals looking for exotic birds and turtles, and then of course the Florida alligator — of which we spotted many. Then we soared atop the swamp water at speeds reaching 45mph. We felt as though we were flying through the wetlands!
Joaquín loved finding the animals, although he was a little nervous when we went top speed. Thus, I would not recommend the airboat for any child under three. When we made it back on to dry land we ate a delicious lunch. As a vegetarian, I can find it difficult to eat while traveling. I must say that the veggie burger offered at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures was one of the best I have ever had. I love being surprised at the most random of places!
After lunch, we went fossil and gem mining. Sadly, I did not take any photos, but we found some incredible treasures. I was impressed to find turquoise, shark teeth, and amethyst crystals. We also spent some time learning about the history of the Native American tribe that once occupied this village.
We were a little sad to leave such a special place, however we were insanely excited about the adventure we were going to take later that evening. . .