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Four Ways to Spend a Day in Sawgrass Recreation Park

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May 31st, 2016

If you live in Sunrise, there’s a surplus of attractions nearby that can keep just about anyone entertained for a few hours. Not far from your Sunrise apartments lies Sawgrass Recreation Park, a beautiful slice of the Everglades developed with fun in mind.

Here’s a look at some of the exciting and memorable adventures you and your loved ones can have in Florida’s Sawgrass Recreation Park.

Appreciate Florida’s Wildlife

Everglades National Park is the largest tropical wilderness reserve in the United States, and the ecosystem sustained within its borders is a wonder to behold. More than 350 bird species, 300 types of fish, 50 different reptiles, and 40 types of mammals coexist in the ponds and marshland that make up the park. Constituting a small corner on then northeast fringe of the Everglades, Sawgrass Recreation Park is frequented by many of these animals. A day can be spent admiring the flora and fauna of the area, keeping an eye out for alligators and rare birds, and educating your children on the wildlife native to the region.

If you don’t see everything you want on your own, Sawgrass Recreation Park also has a mini zoo. Highlights include the Florida panther, black leopard, bobcat, and alligator.

Ride an Airboat

Glide across shallow ponds and bask in the breeze, and admire the scenery passing by. Everglades Tours run 30-minute boat tours of Sawgrass Recreation Park, guided by trained captains with extensive knowledge of the area. Educational and fun, the airboat tours are something everyone living in the area should experience at least once.

Evening airboat rides, providing a completely different perspective of this magical corner of the Everglades, are also offered. The 60-minute tours encounter animals not typically seen at daytime and are accompanied by rich stories of the Seminole people and their relationship with the animals of the Everglades.

Go Fishing

If a family fishing trip is high on your list of activities to enjoy this summer, Sawgrass Recreation Park can accommodate you. Fishing boats, suitable for two adults and two children, can be rented for four- and seven-hour stints. If you want to make more than a day out of it, tent camping is also available. Book in advance if you’d like a private guided fishing tour.

Chomp on Some Gator

Topped with crispy coleslaw and folded into fresh, warm tortillas, the alligator bites at The Gator Grill have a reputation as some of the finest in southeast Florida. The restaurant located at Sawgrass Recreation Park also serves burgers, sandwiches, and pulled pork tacos. After you eat, check out the nearby Gator Emporium for gifts, toys, and souvenirs.

Living at AMLI Sawgrass Village, Sawgrass Recreation Park is practically your backyard. The entrance to the park, located off I-27, is just a ten-minute drive from the Sunrise apartments. Explore the activities you and your family can enjoy here, and make any necessary bookings so you don’t miss out on any activities you’ve been looking forward to.

Have you experienced Sawgrass Recreation Park? Write about your highlights in a comment below.

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