The Everglades is a unique wetland ecosystem in southern Florida. It contains sloughs, ponds, lakes, rivers and estuaries. However, the most notorious and the most vital component is the "river of grass", a slow flowing water that supports grasslands and thick forests. The Everglades is such a unique habitat that it is the only one of its kind in the world. An airboat ride through the Florida Everglades is a thrilling adventure. It gives the opportunity to see the American Alligator in its natural environment.