To learn about the history of Lake Okeechobee over your headphone set, your Captain on your Roland & Mary Ann Martins air boat tour will overflow with knowledge of the area. This unique experience will help you learn about the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, and how it’s home to hundreds of endangered and protected species, including lizards, fish, and raccoons. In addition to alligators, you might see a bullfrog, cattle egret, and an armadillo. Since Lake Okeechobee means “big water” in the Seminole Indian language, the water is 730 square miles. Although it’s so large, it has a depth of only nine feet. Lake Okeechobee and its wetlands are at the center of a much larger watershed, the Greater Everglades. This leading bird destination in North America also plays a role in South Florida’s water supply and food control system. In addition to being a natural habitat for fish and wading birds, Lake Okeechobee is an important freshwater resource for South Florida.
Did you know that time of year becomes a factor when selecting air boat rides? Florida, the Sunshine State, has almost a full year of sunshine, so what you want to see can determine the time you go. Florida only has two seasons, summer and a very short winter. The animals you want to see often determine the time of your vacation. For instance, alligators are cold-blooded animals. They’ll often lie on the shore during the winter to allow the sun to warm them up. If you want to see them mating and hatching, you’ll have to go in the warmer months. Florida is close to the equator, so the climate tends to be warmer than the rest of the country, thereby limiting the amount of seasons.
Things to do at night
Roland & Mary Ann Martins Marina and Resort has a tiki bar, which is a great place for nighttime entertainment, and there are often live bands or DJ’s on the weekends. The Galley Restaurant, located in the main lobby area, and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When you and the kids are spending the day on a Big O air boat tour, stop by for a bite to eat.
Propelling an air boat has a number of factors that contribute to its motion. It does not have a brake, or a reverse propeller, so good operator/pilot skills are a must. The coast guard certified boat captain has over 30 years of tour experience, and this slow, scenic tour is a breathtaking way to see gators, and maybe a bullfrog, cattle egret, and an armadillo.
There are many reasons why you should choose an air boat tour. Because Lake Okeechobee is one of the leading bird destinations in North America, taking an air boat ride will give you a close view of the wildlife. Lake Okeechobee is the second largest freshwater lake entirely within U.S. Boundaries. Nearby town of Clewiston has access to the 110-mile Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, which circles the lake on a 35-foot hike, and this elevated view will show you the lakes rampant bird life. To escape the hustle and bustle of city life, head down to Lake Okeechobee and take a Big O air boat tour.