Interesting Facts About the Everglades

everglades airboat tourHow much do you know about the Everglades? At Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours, we spend a lot of time zipping through the waters of the Everglades, so we thought we’d share some quick and fun facts about this beautiful Park with you.

  • The Park is home to 13 endangered species.
  • The Park is home to 10 threatened species.
  • The Everglades has the largest continuous sawgrass prairie in North America.
  • The Everglades has the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere.
  • It is home to the most significant breeding ground for wading birds in North America.
  • It is a water recharge area for all of South Florida through the Biscayne aquifer.
  • It provides water for more than 8 million Florida residents.
  • It is a World Heritage site.
  • The Park is a Biosphere Reserve.
  • It is a Wetland of International Significance.
  • The Everglades is home to 9 different/distinct habitats.
  • The Everglades is actually a river that is constantly moving.
  • It is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist.
  • The Everglades used to be more than 8 million acres in size.
  • Now, the Everglades is around 1.5 million acres in size.
  • The Park is home to more than 350 species of birds and 300 species of fish.
  • The Everglades is North America’s largest subtropical wetland ecosystem.
  • The Everglades has two seasons: wet and dry.
  • Its nickname is “River of Grass.”
  • Local Native Americans called the Everglades “Pahayokee,” which means “grassy waters.”
  • On average, 75 inches of rain falls into the Park.
  • Most of the water in the Everglades is fresh water not salt water.
  • Calusa Indians are the tribe who lived in the Everglades and southern Florida as far back as 1000 B.C.
  • Airboats are iconic in this Park.

Come jump on an airboat an experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip. If you’ve never been to the Everglades, a great way to explore it is through an airboat tour. Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours has been giving tours to people in the “River of Grass” for more than 30 years. To book a tour. Click our Everglades airboat tour page  or call 800-368-0065.