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Things to do in  Everglades National Park

Welcome to Everglades National Park

This sprawling and swampy UNESCO Heritage Site is home to some otherworldly natural sights and wildlife.

Top 12 attractions in Everglades National Park

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Ten Thousand Islands

Ten Thousand Islands

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The Ten Thousand Islands archipelago covers more than 35,000 acres (14,164 hectares) of Florida’s southern tip. The eponymous national wildlife refuge lies in the northern portion, while the southern part is in Everglades National Park. The islands—which number in the hundreds, not thousands—are a perfect place to decompress in nature.More
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Shark Valley

Shark Valley

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Situated in heart of what many call the “true Everglades”—a river of grass that stretches 100 miles (161 kilometers) from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico—Shark Valley is part of a freshwater ecosystem with incredible biodiversity. It’s one of the best places in Everglades National Park to spot alligators, birds, and other wildlife.More
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Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve

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Big Cypress National Preserve is the northern neighbor of Everglades National Park, but with fewer crowds and more wildlife. Among the first national preserves to be established in the US, Big Cypress still permits many of the activities that are forbidden in national parks, inviting visitors to go off-roading, hunt, take an airboat ride through the swamp, and more.More
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Loop Road

Loop Road

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The Loop Road is known for alligator viewing and being the Wild West of the Florida swamp. The 24-mile (38-kilometer) unpaved road offers an opportunity to get off the main road and explore Big Cypress National Preserve at a slower pace. The vegetation and swamps lining both sides of the road make it ideal for spotting alligators, birds, and otters.More
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Chokoloskee Bay

Chokoloskee Bay

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Roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers long and 2 miles (3 kilometers wide, Chokoloskee Bay is located along Florida’s Gulf Coast and is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by the Ten Thousand Islands. The bay is known for its fishing and water sport activities.More
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Tamiami Trail

Tamiami Trail

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The scenic 2-lane Tamiami Trail stretches across the bottom of the Florida peninsula from Tampa to Miami. And while it may not be the quickest way to explore the region now, at the time of its completion in 1928 it was considered a feat of engineering comparable to the Panama Canal.More
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Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center

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As the first welcome site upon entering the Everglades National Park, the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center is a useful resource for first-time or returning guests. Offering educational exhibits and detailed maps, the visitor center provides a helpful overview of the park, its unique ecosystem, and animal inhabitants.More
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Gumbo Limbo Trail

Gumbo Limbo Trail

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While the self-guided Gumbo Limbo Trail only stretches for a mere 0.4 miles (0.64 kilometers, it is, perhaps, one of the most popular trails in the Everglades for its glimpse into a hardwood hammock ecosystem. Defined by its slight rise in elevation above the marshy waters, the arbored habit is comprised of a lush, tropical grove of trees.More
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Anhinga Trail

Anhinga Trail

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Just inside the entrance to Everglades National Park, the Anhinga Trail is many visitors’ first chance to explore the Everglades. The accessible, less-than-a-mile long (1.2-kilometer) boardwalk is one of the premier wetland viewing trails in the national park system. While named for the Anhinga (snake birds) that populate the marsh, the trail is also famous for its easy-to-spot alligators.More
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Royal Palm Visitor Center

Royal Palm Visitor Center

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If you have a finite amount of time to visit the Everglades National Park, then stop at the Royal Palm Visitor Center and State Park to experience two out of nine distinct Everglade ecosystems, as well as access two of the most popular trails in the park.More
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Flamingo Visitor Center

Flamingo Visitor Center

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Set on the bay at Everglades National Park’s south entrance, Flamingo Visitor Center is the jumping-off point for exploring the southern Everglades. The visitor center is next to a marina, campground, and a network of trails and waterways. At the center, find maps, information, and rangers to help you get started on your adventure.More
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Marco Island

Marco Island

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Boasting a tropical climate, white-sand beaches, and luxury resorts, Marco Island is the only inhabited island in the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge set off Florida's southwest coast. Visit the island for a beach vacation that offers options to explore the surrounding labyrinth of mangroves, waterways, and wildlife.More
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Recent reviews from experiences in Everglades National Park

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Must see
Linda_J, Jul. 2022
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour from Fort Lauderdale
Everglades are a must see in Florida, summer probably a bit hot for seeing much wildlife though we only saw 2 alligators as opposed to 27 in Apopka.
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Great experience
Jennifer_S, Jul. 2022
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour from Fort Lauderdale
The airboat guide was also very good about making sure everyone got to see the animals that we came across.
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Great boat tour
John_F, Feb. 2021
Everglades National Park Small Group Guided Boating & Walking Tour Expedition
We were able to see the flora and fauna of the Everglades National Park close up and understand what we are seeing.
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Alligators in plain sight
Kaonta_L, Apr. 2022
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour from Fort Lauderdale
We were able to see several alligators in plain sight.
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Beyond our expectations!!
Jennifer_E, Apr. 2022
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour from Fort Lauderdale
Our guide Joshua made sure we knew where to be, what to see and just made the experience above all our expectations!
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