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3 Days in the Everglades National Park: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2014

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The Everglades National Park, a 1.5 million acre area that stretches over the southern part of Florida, is unique in many ways. The largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. (and the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River), more than one million people visit the Everglades each year to explore and wonder at the differing eco-systems that exist here. Activities abound, from hiking and bicycling to kayaking, canoeing, camping or exploring by airboat. The Everglades have been declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site and a Wetland of International Importance; there are only three locations in the world that appear on all three of these lists.

Visiting the Everglades allows you to explore a vast diversity of flora and fauna in nine distinct eco-systems: freshwater sloughs, marl prairies, tropical hardwood hammocks, pineland, cypress, mangrove, coastal lowlands, marine and estuarine. While there is a lot of area to discover, three days allows you to sample the various habitats and provides plenty of reasons to fall in love with the Everglades.

Day One
Take the Tamiami Trail, a two-lane road that used to the be the area’s only access to the Everglades to Shark Valley. Be sure to stop at a few of the roadside attractions (boat rides, alligator farms, 1950s style gift shops) to fully appreciate the history of the area. Walk, bike or take the tram along the Tram Road and stop at the Observation Tower for an aerial view.  Continue west along the Tamiami Trail to Big Cypress National Preserve. The Florida National Scenic Trail’s southern terminus is located in the preserve and offers great hiking among the cypress trees or sign up for a pole boat tour for a bit of historic fun. Continue on to Everglades City for the night.

Day Two
Everglades City is another entrance to the Everglades National Park; stop into the Gulf Coast Visitor Center to get your bearings, today is going to be spent on the water, exploring the Ten Thousand Islands and Chokoloskee Bay; the best way to do this is by boat. Sign up for a guided eco-tour led by naturalists or rent a kayak or a canoe and paddle at your own pace. Keep an eye out for dolphins, manatees, ospreys and pelicans among the mangrove islands. For an epic journey, head south and you’ll find the 99-mile (159 km) long Wilderness Waterway. It’s the longest canoe trail in the area, but don’t try to accomplish it all in one day—most paddlers budget eight days to complete the Waterway.

Day Three
Head to Flamingo Visitor Center. If you haven’t had enough paddling, rent a canoe or kayak and take off on one of the many trails. For hikers and walkers, there are about nine different trails that start at the Flamingo Visitor Center and are of varying lengths (the Coastal Prairie Trail is the longest at about 12 miles (19.3 km) round-trip.

From Flamingo, start up the Main Park Road and make plans to stop at the various scenic stopping points for the rest of the day. Heading north, you’ll come to Mahogany Hammock, followed by Shark River Slough (pronounced ‘slew’) and Long Pine Key. When you reach Royal Palm Visitor’s Center, take time to wander Anhinga Trail, one of the most scenic and wildlife-heavy locations in the park, and the Gumbo Limbo Trail. Finish up at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center—chances are you’ll be making plans to spend just a few more days in the Everglades.

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Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 312 Reviews

Experience Miami’s highlights by boat and bus on this combo tour. Take a sightseeing coach tour through the city and explore beautiful South Beach, the ...  Read more

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.99

Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Encounter with Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Explore the natural side of Florida and experience its peaceful beauty on an adventure through the Florida Everglades. This ultimate Florida experience ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 30 minutes or 1 hour

From USD $47.29

Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

For a truly special Florida Everglades airboat tour, splash out on a private airboat ride at Sawgrass Recreation Park. You’ll see Florida gators and other ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 2 - 4 hours

From USD $43.69

Small-Group Wildlife Boat Tour in Florida Everglades National Park

Located 1.5 hours south of Fort Myers is the incredible Everglades National Park. On this small-group wildlife expedition, take a leisurely boat ride through ...  Read more

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.89

Miami Day Trip and Florida Everglades Airboat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

This day trip from Orlando takes you to two of Florida’s most famous destinations: Miami and the Florida Everglades. Search for gators on an exciting airboat ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.99

Viator Exclusive: Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Wild Florida

Take a peek at what happens behind the scenes of a wildlife park on this Viator Exclusive tour at Wild Florida outside Orlando. You’ll get hands-on experience ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.99

Florida Everglades Small-Group Eco-Adventure by Foot, Kayak and Boat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Take a scenic 1.5-hour drive south of Fort Myers where you can boat, hike and kayak through the beautiful Florida Everglades on this exciting eco-adventure! ...  Read more

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.89

Swim with Manatees at Crystal River plus Everglades Airboat Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

On this tour from Orlando, take a narrated boat cruise on the Crystal River to snorkel and swim with manatees -- the gentle giants of the Florida Everglades. ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.99

Marco Island Kayak Tour with Optional Beach Landing

It’s easy to spend all day on Marco Island’s white-sand beaches, but take a break from sunbathing and sandcastles with a morning or afternoon kayak tour. This ...  Read more

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Duration: 2.5 - 6 hours

From USD $72.99

Miami Super Saver: Everglades Airboat Adventure and Miami City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Combine two of Miami's most popular tours and save! With this Miami Super Saver tour, visit the Florida Everglades and see the sights of the city. In the ...  Read more

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.99

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