Shark Valley Visitor Center, Everglades National Park

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Shark Valley Visitor Center offers an opportunity to explore America's marshlands using a paved road, a limestone trail, and a boardwalk. Take a self-guided tour through the sawgrass slough and tropical hardwood forests. As a part of Everglades National Park, the 24 km (15 mi) trail winds through alligator territory and is also home to turtles, deer, and other wildlife. Halfway along the path, climb the observation tower to view the valley's panorama. You'll find bicycles for rent and tram tours available at the site as well. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Everglades National Park fast, fun, and easy.
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  • Ok, the bikes are past their best, but mine rode fine. I arrived just before the gates opened. Even though it was Easter Sunday, there were only a few other cars entering at that time and it was... 
    Ok, the bikes are past their best, but mine rode fine. I arrived just before the gates opened. Even though it was Easter Sunday, there were only a few other cars entering at that time and it was...  more »
  • We came here 2 hours before it shut and it was practically empty of people.We saw quite a few different alligators and baby ones,turtles and different types of birds.We walked the pathway,not all the....  more
    We came here 2 hours before it shut and it was practically empty of people.We saw quite a few different alligators and baby ones,turtles and different types of birds.We walked the pathway,not all the....  more »
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  • Good place to go biking! A 15-mile paved loop. It's best to bring your own bikes. Rentals will cost around $20. You may also choose to ride the tram for some fee, around $27. I love that there are tons of wildlife on the west side of the trail especially in winter. There is an observation tower halfway of the bike loop. Don't miss it out! It's a great way to view the vast wetlands. There are also short walking trails along the way under a few canopies of trees. Other things to note, parking fee is $30 and is good for 7 days. Restrooms and vending machines are located at the entrance. Please bear in mind that since this is the everglades, there are no shades the entire ride/walk so sunscreen and water bottles are a must. On the upside, you'll get tanned after exploring.
  • Clean and convenient visitor center which offers all necessary services to explore this part of the Everglades. You can use the bathrooms, rent bicycles, buy food and souvenirs, and just relax in the A/C. Shark Valley itself is easy to explore either with the tram tour or with your own bicycle. There are tons of wildlife sightings and the observation tower is fun to go up, as well! Recommendation: Come in the cooler months either earlier in the morning or later in the evening to maximize alligator sightings...

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