Everglades National Park, Florida City

4.4
#23 of 184 in Nature in Florida
A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S. Overflow from Lake Okeechobee into the Florida Bay formed these wetlands, which are home to manatees, American crocodiles, Florida panthers, and an array of wading birds, land birds, and birds of prey. The diversity of plant and animal life here has earned the park recognition as an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance. It's one of only three places in the world to occupy a spot on all three lists. You'll find trails for hiking and biking in drier sections of the Everglades, while canoeing, kayaking, boating, and fishing are popular along the many waterways. December to March is the most popular time to visit due to comfortable temperatures, drier air, and lower mosquito activity. Use our Florida City trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Everglades National Park and other attractions in Florida City.
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  • truly enjoyed my time there. alligators, egrets, ashingas. did a ranger walk which was very informative. bring a picnic as very limited food options. definitely worth the visit.  more »
  • Wonderful and knowledgeable volunteers at the HQ, up to date with daily activities, programs underway, what is in, what is not.  more »
  • We were taking a tour on Everglades park in November and it was amazing. Our Captain Andrew explain us everything about the park, about aligators and crocodiles, he took as to lagoon to see crocodile,...  more »
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  • Our favorite place to visit. Everglades National Park is beautiful. I have lived in Miami since the age of 8 years old, and some of my fondest memories are of field trips with my school friends to Everglades National Park. I must admit that as much as I cherish and love those memories, they are certainly limited due to the time that we actually got to enjoy the park. As an adult, I visited the park several times with my family, and then as a married woman, my husband and I began to develop a special relationship with this exquisite piece of paradise. The Everglades is known as the River of Grass because there is an actual river current under the grassy area. Part of our drinking water comes from this area. We have camped out in tents countless times in each and every single campsite making delicious BBQ steaks and enjoying the stars by our camp fire. We have rented the canoes and explored the mangroves. We have walked the trails and seen and heard birds, insects and wild life that we would have never encountered unless we were in their habitat. We have enjoyed the sunset cruise which takes you out to the ocean right before sunset, and we have seen and heard thousands of birds settle in for the night, and the silence that takes over the area as the sun sets and the catamaran returns. Words cannot describe the adventures and experiences that my family and I treasure in our hearts from our beloved Everglades National Park. We are so fortunate to have this gorgeous park near our home.
  • A truly amazing place to visit. I couldn't cycle so I used their little train, on which the seats were comfy, the wardens were excellent (we had Chris, who was entertaining, but not over the top, & very knowledgeable) & we saw loads of different wildlife which were really close to us. Lots of Alligators were basking in the sun on the side of our small road! My family loved cycling around this area & we all managed many, many photos of the wonderful scenery & wildlife around us. We thoroughly enjoyed making fabulous memories here. Thank you!
  • It seems I always come after a hurricane.The entrance to the park is the main tourist attraction that part is always well maintained. The campground however has never really been all that exciting. It seemed out dated and poorly maintained by the contractor who could have done a better job. Since the hurricane in 2017 raked havoc on the campground as I was planning to camp here then go to the keys for Christmas day. I was extremely confused about if the campground is open or not. I found out as I met a very nice park ranger LEO. I was informed that the rangers will not ticket campers while a new contractor is in transition to clean up and take over the park. Technically until there is a gate keeper the camping is free. You will not be ticketed. FYI there is no hot water, no fuel, and some sites have electricity hook ups. Remember it is 30 miles each from the main entrance to the base camp. Make sure you have enough fuel. I look forward to learning more about the progress of this hidden gem under new management.
  • Love it! One of the most beautiful and interesting places. If you are interested in birds, fishing and untouched natural surroundings you should check it out. Especially after rain, be sure to bring mosquito repellent as they can be numerous.
  • What a wonderful experience! We were able to see an alligator show, hold a small alligator, and take a ride out to an island in the Everglades. The island was mostly planks built up for housing and kitchens similar to what the native Americans would have built. There are more alligators to see on the ride and at the island if you look closely. There is also water and soda for sale in case you need something to drink. With the rails and fencing around the walkways, the location is great for children tourists.

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