Sinking teeth into tourism

Postcard from spring training

February 21, 2007|By Peter Schmuck

Things are starting to calm down around the Fort Lauderdale spring training complex, which means it's almost time to break out my giant collection of aloha shirts and start sampling some of the great tourist attractions in South Florida.

My first stop may be the Sawgrass Recreation Park, where you can take a tour of the Everglades in an airboat that glides through the sawgrass (hence the name of the park) and occasionally brains one of the alligators that's minding its business and waiting for the odd man overboard. I hope they have seat belts.

Everybody loves alligators, and you don't have to go to great lengths to see them around here. One drive down Interstate 75 - "Alligator Alley" - on a hot day and you'll see dozens sunning themselves along the highway. There's a fence or I would have brought one home by now.

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