There are plenty of places around the state where you can safely watch alligators, but one of my favorite spots has to be the boardwalk at the Oasis Visitor Center in Big Cypress National Preserve.
Now that the weather is starting to cool down, you can count on plenty of gators hanging out right there for you to check out. It doesn't get any easier than that.
Remember, these aren't alligators in an attraction somewhere. During the dry season, gators congregate in small pools and ditches all along US 41, but you should resist the temptation to pull over. Do yourself a favor and just head to the Oasis Visitor Center, where the same wild alligators can be observed for as long as you like.
Throughout the day, rangers and park volunteers lead a discussion on the boardwalk about alligators and provide a lot of great information on Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades. The longer you hang around and study the wildlife, the more questions you'll have. Really, it's a great place to get a feel for what this part of Florida is all about.
Here's a video of a gator I took looking down from the boardwalk. Again, if you have an interest in these incredible creatures, the Oasis Visitor Center is where you want to be.
For more information and directions, head over to www.nps.gov/bicy