Everglades National Park Travel Guide
Black-necked Stilts at Eco Pond
Black-necked Stilts at Eco Pond
Alligator - Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park
Just enough to make a watshstrap
Great abundance of wildlife and getting around is easy
The Park is very hot in the summers, and at times mosquitoes and other insects can be bothersome.
Gallery gem in the heart of the Everglades
Want to see the true Everglades? Being a Florida native and making the trip several time cross state, I would recommend to travel the less travelled road, US 41 or Tamiami trail at least once...or twice even. Its a one lane highway through the thick of the Everglades...
Everglades National Park - Shark Valley
The Shark Valley area of the Everglades National Park features a beautiful 15-mile loop path - one of the best traffic-free bicycle trails in South Florida! You can walk it or bike it (bicycles are available for rent at the visitors center), or you can take a 2-hour guided...
Not too far from the building of the Royal Palm Visitor Center is this easy 800m walking trail where you can see all sorts of wildlife. We saw 3 alligators, a turtle and many kinds of birds, including anhingas, herons and egrets. There is a boardwalk that goes through the...
Pahayokee Overlook Trail
In 1968, we visited all of the short trails in the park. This trail is similar to the Mahogany Hammock Trail except it ends at a handicapped accessible (ramps) short observation tower. It is a good place to see the vast stretches of sawgrass sweeping to the horizon and...
Another short stroll [0.5 miles (800 meters) round trip] around a freshwater pond which is actually man-made. It is the outfall for the Flamingo sewage treatment plant. There are a wide variety of wading birds, song birds, and other wildlife including alligators. There is an...
The second best place to visit in the park is the Shark Valley Center. Here you can either walk, ride a bike or take a tram out to an elevated tower and look out over the glades. The tram ride is the most fun, and will provide you with many additional wildlife sightings.We...
Gumbo Limbo trail
This is a short trail that begins at Royal Palm, near the east entrance station. The trail, which is less than 1/2 mile, winds through what is described as a subtropical rain forest. Signs along the way describe the vegetation and climate of this area.This is a nice walk to...
The best place to see wildlife in the winter is the Anhinga Trail. This was the case in the 1960s when we visited for the first time, and is still the case.Normally there is a ranger talk/walk at 10:30 am, and in the winter they add a ranger talk at 3.30. You WILL see...
My fiance is an avid birdwatcher - and he was in hog heaven while walking the Anhinga Trail. Since we didn't know we would be coming to the Everglades National Park when we planned our trip (the purpose of the trip was to attend his friend's wedding in Key West), so did not...
Everglades National Park - Anhinga Trail
Driving from Key West to catch our plane in Ft. Lauderdale, we had approximately 1 hour to spend at the Everglades National Park. After getting our Passport to Your National Parks book stamped, we talked to the ranger on duty, who recommended the Anhinga Trail. He provided a...
This is a black vulture, a cousin to the ones we see a lot in the west. If you see one of these in the parking area, keep a close eye on them; they like to eat the rubber around your windshield and your windshield wipers.
Great Blue Heron
Another bird I saw several of was the Great Blue Heron. This is the largest North American Heron with a hieght of about 4 1/2 feet. There are a few differnt subspecies of Great Blue Herons living in the Everglades.
Long Pine Key Campground
1 Review and 6 Opinions Long Pine Key Campground is open all year round with a 14-day maximum stay limit. It has 108 sites...
Miccosukee Restaurant: Miccosukee Restaurant - Nothing Special
We were starving when we left the Shark Valley Park of the Everglades, and this place caught our eye. The building is shaped like a teepee, and it looked interesting. It took two passes to get a parking spot - it's a small parking lot, so that's not a surprise - and went...
Ranger Talks: Night Classes
We were staying down in Flamingo, but I wanted to go to one of the ranger 'campfire' talks. The only problem was - the Flamingo talks were Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but we arrived on Monday and were leaving Friday morning. When I asked, the Flamingo Visitor's Center did not know what was going on at other site.
But I knew from the internet that there was also Starlight Talk (50 minutes) (Meet under the stars at the amphitheater located at the south end of Long Pine Key Campground. Check bulletin boards and visitor centers for the night’s topic. Flashlights recommended. Wheelchair accessible) on Thursday and Friday, so we went to the one on Thursday night which proved to be about the Florida Panther in the Everglades.
The ranger giving the talk explained to the people who came early about how she got to be a ranger. (She asked if we had any questions and that was one of them.) We weren't too bothered by mosquitoes as it had cooled off quite a bit.
The talk was at 7:30. She gave us a quiz with 16 questions which were designed to point out misconceptions about panthers. Bob thought all the questions were true, so he told me to put that. I thought some were false. He got 11 out of the 16 right, and I got 13 right.
We didn't sight a panther in person, so the pictures include a) warning sign b) statue in the visitor's center and c) stuffed one in an exhibit in the Big Cypress visitor's center.
Dress Code: You will need something to protect from either cold or mosquitos, and a flashlight to get back to your car or campsite after dark. [It is DARK at night in the Everglades.] Other than that, no one will care what you wear. (I'm a poet and don't know it but my feet are Longfellows)
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Bike Shark Valley
There are three ways to get from the headquarters to the overlook. Walk, take the tram, or bike. It is a nice fairly flat, paved 15 mile (round trip) trail which serves for both the tram and the bike/hike trail. The first half of this trail was built in 1946 by Mobil Oil...
There is a canoe trail which will take you across from Flamingo to the western end of the Everglades. It takes 7 days to do this trip in a canoe. Permits are reqired to camp in the back country.The National Park Service website says:"There are 47 designated wilderness...
Please obey all warning signs. They are there for your safety and the safety and preservation of the wildlife. There are dangerous animals here like alligators, crocodiles, various snakes, spider and scorpions and also poisonous plants. There are also fire ants and...
Backcountry Camping, Biking and Boating
Everglades is a park that offers hiking, biking, canoeing, and fishing. You may rent bicycles at Shark Valley and Flamingo if you do not have your own bikes with you. If you would enjoy exploring the park's inland and coastal waterways, which often lead to remote spots, you...
Hiking the Everglades
There are also a number of hiking trails in the park. Many of them are relatively easy and short. Many are also handicapped accessible. I discussed several of these trails in my things to do tips.
Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, insect repellant.
There are a number of canoe trails in the park ranging from short easy ones to trails that require backcountry camping and should be only attempted by experienced people. You can rent canoes at Flamingo.
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