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3 Days in the Everglades National Park: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 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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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure, Everglades National Park, null
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Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 90 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: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.69
Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour (ENP), Everglades National Park, Airboat Tours
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Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour (ENP)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

This very popular eco-adventure and combines the best of a boat tour, a kayak tour and a walking tour in a single great learning experience. Depending on the ...  Read more

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

From USD $149.95
Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling and Everglades Airboat Tour, Orlando, Eco Tours
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Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling and Everglades Airboat Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 129 Reviews

On this tour from Orlando, take a narrated boat cruise on the Crystal River to snorkel and swim in an area known to be a manatee habitat. Then, take an ...  Read more

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

From USD $118.99
Everglades National Park Expedition, Everglades National Park, Nature & Wildlife
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Everglades National Park Expedition

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

This is a premier learning experience in the Everglades Area and is superb for the entire family... from toddlers to the grandparents. Limited to just six ...  Read more

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

From USD $149.95
Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride, Miami, Eco ... 
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Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 856 Reviews

Miami Double Decker Bus Tour + Miami Boat Tour + Everglades Airboat Safari Adventure Tour all in 1 Day.  Three tours in one day Experience Miami attractions ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.99
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch, Orlando, Airboat ... 
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Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 90 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: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.99
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Miami Super Saver: Everglades Airboat Adventure and Miami City Tour, Miami, Eco Tours
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Miami Super Saver: Everglades Airboat Adventure and Miami City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 91 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 $82.00
Miami Day Trip and Florida Everglades Airboat Ride, Orlando, Airboat Tours
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Miami Day Trip and Florida Everglades Airboat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 109 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.)

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Small-Group Tour: Everglades Family Adventure from Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Day Trips
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Small-Group Tour: Everglades Family Adventure from Ft Lauderdale

If you're looking for a fun, educational adventure that’s perfect for the whole family, then this 4-hour Everglades tour is perfect for you. On a narrated ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.99
Florida Everglades Night Airboat Tour from Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Kid Friendly Tours & ... 
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Florida Everglades Night Airboat Tour from Fort Lauderdale

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

For the most thrilling airboat experience, take an airboat tour at night! Glide across the Florida Everglades in total darkness while listening for the calls ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.40

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