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.
Shark Valley Visitor Center Reviews
This is a great way to experience the Everglades. The bike tour is fantastic. It allows you to view wildlife - including gators - up close and at your own pace, and without crowds. My one piece of... more »
.. arrive early. Only 6 oversized vehicle parking spaces. And make advance reservations for the tram ride... Although they hold seats for walk-ins, too. We called the day before and were able to... more »
I can absolutely recommend going there. This might be one of the rare spots without an "alligator show". Alligators and also crocodiles can be seen in their natural habit. You can either take a trolley or do the bike tour. I was there in December with family. We saw several alligators laying around right next to us and one crocodile. No need to be scared though ;) Definitely do a guided tour to get some insights.
This is the place to go. I dont really understand the fascination with wrestling live alligators for show or putting on tourist tours for people to mistreat wildlife. Going to this place made me appreciate nature and give the animals the respect they deserved. The bike rides are easy and there are no hills, but be prepared for the heat and exposure! We were, but we only planned to bike out for 20 minutes and then come back so we could catch a tram tour. I'm not very active and I hate over working myself but this was perfect and we got to see the entire park area without overheating. The rangers and tour guides are kind and very helpful. Make sure to bring cash to either donate or use in the shops. This place deserves every penny because it goes back to helping the center stay awesome. Thanks for the great vacation experience! TL;DR - Great "tourist" attraction without getting scammed into a tourist trap. Very environmentally and wildlife friendly.
Plan your trip to Everglades National Park
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Hidden gems in Everglades National Park
Nature in Everglades National Park
Side trips from Everglades National Park
Trails in Everglades National Park
Plans to Shark Valley Visitor Center by other users
26 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM POLAND February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Miami BY A USER FROM FRANCE April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Miami Beach BY A USER FROM CHILE April, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Denver, Houston & Miami BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Miami BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium