Everglades National Park Travel Guide

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Everglades National Park Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great abundance of wildlife and getting around is easy 

  • Con
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     Mosquitoes 

  • In a nutshell
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     An ecosystem in jeopardy 

Everglades National Park Things to Do

  • Everglades National Park

    It's worth paying to go into the Park, as there are walkways and paths that give you a real close up look at the critters and grasses.In one area, a walkway has been built leading to a writhing mass of alligators, presumably waiting to be fed by staff at some point in order to attract tourists, but hey, these are still wild creatures living in the...

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  • Watch out for Nile or Saltwater Croc's!

    That's right, while driving along the road in South West Florida, we came across a man standing on a barrier staring into the grasses on the other side.We stopped to see what he was looking at, and he told us he was a local guy who owned a diner nearby, and said that what we are looking at, is a Saltwater croc. Well, Ive seen Salties in Australia,...

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  • Gallery gem in the heart of the...

    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 National Park. Lots of good roadsides to stop at. For example, a hike through the...

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Everglades National Park Restaurants

  • 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 inside. The inside is very "diner", which is OK. The prices were fair - I had...

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  • Eating at and Near the Park

    There is food available at the Flamingo Marina and in nearby towns. I ate at the Miccosukee Restaurant just outside the entrance to Shark Valley. It was okay.

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  • No Services Since the Hurricanes

    This was the only real restaurant in the park. It has been closed since the disastrous hurricane season of 2005 (Wilma and Katrina). There was no overnight lodging, houseboat rentals or dining services available in 2007—08 winter season.--------------------The restaurant overlooked Florida Bay, and one night we sat by the window and watched some...

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Everglades National Park Nightlife

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    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)

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Everglades National Park Transportation

  • Car Hire

    You really have to hire a car for your trip here, as everything is so far apart. Before we left the UK, we thought the Theme Parks were a bit closer together than they turned out to be, and if we hadn't booked a car before we left, we would have been in trouble.As I said in a few of my reviews, sometimes a car is a must, and this is one of those...

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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 when they were exploring the possibilities of finding oil in the Everglades -...

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  • Transportation around park

    Though a car is the prime way to get around the park, one can also take the concessioner tram at Shark River. This is a 2 hour guided tour that allows visitors to see the park from the comfort of an open tram.The destination is a viewing tower from where various birds and alligators can be seen. After a visit at the tower, the tram transports...

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Everglades National Park Shopping

  • A Great Place for Fresh Produce or a...

    You will enjoy great shakes with unusual flavors, fresh homemade key lime pies, and among other things you may purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, jellies and preserves (many from his mother’s recipes), and a large variety of honeys. You can observe a working bee hive, and sample honeys that came from different flower sources. I was amazed at how...

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  • National Park

    National parks normally have a gift shop which sells park-related souveniers - things like hats and Y-shirts, puzzles, place mats with park logos or maps, and the like. I didn't go into this shop which was under the restaurant, so I don't actually know what was in there.

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Everglades National Park Local Customs

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    by richiecdisc Written Oct 15, 2002

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    Make the stop at 'Robert is Here' fruit stand that you will drive by on your way to the park from US 1. Here you will find an array of exotic tropical fruits as I have never seen in the US. An added bonus is freshly made sugar cane juice.

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Everglades National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Permits Required

    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 campsites. They provide ample opportunities for solitude. The majority of the...

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  • Warning Signs

    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 mosquitoes.

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  • alligators

    the everglades is home to alligators and the florida crocodile. give these reptiles a wide bearth when watching or photographing them. alligators can run very fast for short distances so keep your distance when you encounter one on land. feeding alligators and crocodiles is illegal and if caught the fine is $5000.

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Everglades National Park Tourist Traps

  • Air Boat Tours - Know What's Included!

    It's not that I don't recommend air boat tours, but just make sure you know what you're getting in the package! Our tour consisted of a brief drive out to a hammock island that natives traditionally lived on, where we were given about 10 minutes to walk around, followed by another brief drive back! If you're only looking for a thrill ride on an air...

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  • Avoid riding the airboat

    The airboat ride is available around the Everglades National Park. It is an extremely noisy machine that scare all the wildlife away. And it also does tremandous damage to the physical environment. See this article if you like to learn more. To truely enjoy nature, you can rent a canoe or kayak, or go on a boat tour at Flamingo.

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  • Where is the Swimming Pool?

    Our national parks are really a pretty good bargain. But there are some aspects that might not be as you would expect. The Flamingo Lodge has, for whatever reason, filled in the swimming pool. You could still see pictures of it on their website.Due to Hurricane Wilma in the fall of 2005, overnight Accommodations (Lodge & Cottages): Closed...

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Everglades National Park What to Pack

  • be prepared

    there are several essentials that you should take with you on a visit to the everglades national park. if you plan to go all the way to flamingo besure you have a least a half of tank of gas the round trip is approximately 70 miles and there are no gas stations in the park. take sun screen for those with fare skin as the sunlight is very strong...

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  • Fire Wood!!!

    Either bring firewood with you or purchase it outside the park gates (we were told there is a seller there). A number of people found themselves in the evening at the campground with nothing to make a fire with and were forced to use wood from the surrounding vegetation! We were pretty frustrated with this because the gate attendant never...

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  • Park Service Recommendations

    If you want to go on a swamp walk, bring lace up shoes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. I would also wear a hat with a brim, and to help ward off mosquitoes, I'd wear long pants at least at night. Early in the morning, you may need a jacket I concur completely with the park service recommendations that you bring plenty of sunscreen and...

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Everglades National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Baby gator

    Mom, dadCome quick. The foreign man is looking at me. I'm affraid.Why he repeats : porte-monnaie. I don't understand.To be continued on the following tip.

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  • Coopertown's Airboats

    Not far from the Shark Valley visitor centre are several airboat operators. We chose Coopertown airboats and were very happy. The guide, Mark, did a great job, and at the end we got a chance to hold some of the smaller (2-3 ft.) alligators they have raised in captivity.We saw lots of alligators, blue heron, and great egrets on the trip, as well as...

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  • Big Cypress Part 2

    We spent three days in Big Cypress with our camper. On the first day we drove along US highway 41, stopped at the visitor center, then at Clyde Butcher’s Photography Studio. He is sometimes called the Ansal Adams of Florida. His black and white photographs of south Florida were beautiful. Stop by Big Cypress Gallery to enjoy his photography, or to...

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Everglades National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • 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 may rent canoes, motorboats and slips at Flamingo. Navigational charts are...

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  • 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.

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  • Canoe Trails

    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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Everglades National Park Favorites

  • Everglades National Park

    At almost 1.4 million acres, Everglades National Park is the third largest national park in the lower 48 states after Death Valley and Yellowstone. It is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and is home to 36 rare and endangered species including the Florida Panther, the West Indian Manatee, and the American Crocodile. The...

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  • Florida Panther

    The Florida panther is an endangered animal that lives in Everglades National Park. Here is a statue of the animal at the entrance to the Ernest Coe Visitor Center on Florida State Road 9336.

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  • Great Blue Heron - The Largest Wading...

    The Great Blue Heron breeds throughout much of the US around water, but it migrates south in the winter. It is really hard to mistake this bird for any other bird - for one thing it's way bigger than any other bird. The Great Blue Heron sometimes is white and is called the Great White Heron. But usually the big white birds are Great Egrets. The...

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