|Post Cruise Shore Excursion - Gator Park|
Gator Park in the heart of Florida's Everglades National Park was our post-cruise destination for a few hours before heading to Miami International Airport. The shore excursion was arranged during our West Indies cruise on Azamara Journey. Since our flight wasn't until 5 PM, instead of going directly to the airport, we opted for the shore excursion.
|Gator blends in with surroundings|
The highlight of the excursion to Gator Park is a 45 minute airboat ride through the Everglades. Each airport holds up to 20 people, 4 per row. Every seat is a great seat. While your guide will be pointing out alligators and other things of interest along the way, each person has the opportunity to be on the lookout. You never know what you'll see during your boat ride.
You'll be able to stand up when the pilot / guide slows down to point out alligators or other marine life.
|One of our group holds an alligator|
We've been to Gator Park before but still enjoyed our visit there. Following the airboat ride, we had some lunch, which we ordered when we arrived at the park. Then we watched a wildlife show which included alligator wrestling and if you were feeling brave, you could actually hold an alligator and have your picture taken with it. Actually, you didn't have to be too brave as the alligator's mouth was secured so that you didn't have to worry about being its lunch.
There are more pictures on our Facebook Fan Page. If your flight leaves after 3 PM, consider a shore excursion to Gator Park if your cruise offers the tour. Another option on our cruise was a Miami City Highlights tour. Both tours concluded at Miami's airport about the same time. We still had plenty of time before our 5 PM flight, but did enjoy our little diversion visiting the gators of Florida.