Everglades National Park
Here is your Adventure Guide to Everglades National Park!
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– Everglades National Park Service
How to Get to Everglades National Park
Where to Stay in Everglades National Park
Nature Camp & Cabins
RV resort & campground with 300 sites that accommodates RV’s and tents. There are also cabins, and lodges for rent. Located 15 miles from the Everglades, 30 miles south of Miami, and halfway to Key Largo. The park is surrounded by palm, avocado, and mango trees.
Near Everglades & Biscayne National Parks
This cozy, laid back hostel is 10 miles from Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park. Hang out in the tropical garden and read a book or just sit back & relax in a tree hammock. Hoosville has 14 rooms available in a variety of occupancies for 2 to 8 guests.
Hilton Suites offers guests the ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience. The hotel is family-friendly, close to Everglades National Park, and restaurants. With a wide range of amenities such as family rooms, a pool, and complimentary breakfast.
Modern & Updated
Tru is a newly built pet friendly hotel close to Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park. Pick up some fresh fruit from local fruit stands nearby and enjoy the complimentary breakfast before your day in the park!
Things to do in Everglades National Park
One of the most popular things to do in Everglades National Park are airboat tours through the “river of grass”. There are several companies that offer different tours, however some of these companies partake in animal shows, caged animals, animal touching and disturbing the natural balance of the everglades. I do not in anyway support those activities. Which is why I am recommending Wild Lime Adventures.
Take an Airboat Tour Along the Grass River
Wild Lime Adventures is owned by a couple who are master naturalists and marine biologists. The intriguing cultural tours, are led by the local indigenous Miccosukee tribe who live in the everglades and predate Columbus. You will see alligators, manatee, dolphins, colorful birds, and a native tree island village. All without disturbing the animals or eco systems of the ONLY EVERGLADES IN THE WORLD.
Everglades National Park is largely associated with birds, and is one of the very popular bird watching locations in Florida. The River of Grass warm, shallow, waters have been attracting hundreds of bird types for thousands of years. Over 360 different species of birds can be seen throughout the Everglades, all varying in shape, size and color.
NPS States the Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) is a large, bald-headed wading bird that stands more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) tall, has a 5 foot (1.5 meter) wing spread, and weighs 4 to 6 pounds (1.8 to 2.7 kg). It is the only stork breeding in the United States and was placed on the Federal Endangered Species list in 1984. The species was downlisted from endangered to threatened in June 2014, reflecting a successful conservation and recovery effort spanning three decades. The Wood Stork serves as an indicator species for restoration of the Everglades ecosystem. Indicator species serve as excellent messengers of the past, present, and future because their specific habitat requirements are so closely associated with one particular environment.
Kayak the River of Grass
Go on a kayak adventure and watch birds hunting, see some turtles, songbirds, orchids, and air plants. Paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, and keep an eye out for the famous Florida alligators! Kayaking through Everglades National Park will provide you with a whole new way of seeing the park. The tour is led by a professional naturalist guide and will be able to answer all your questions about the mysterious world of water.
Do the Triple Crown Tour: City, Everglades, and Star Island Boat Cruise
The triple crown tour is great for families and kids of all ages. If you only have 1 day this half day tour will be great! On the tour you will experience the Everglades National Park and the city of Miami. The tour has everything you need for an adventure! You’ll be provided luggage storage, water, park maps, WiFi, and a phone charger! The tour starts in Miami where a local guide will show you the cultural sights, Art Deco instagram worthy District in Miami Beach, and the delicious Cuban food at the Latin street fair by Domino Park. After your city tour you’ll be taken to Everglades National Park for an airboat ride. Once you’re back in Miami you’ll enjoy a relaxing boat cruise around Star Island as you watch the sunset.
Dolphin and Manatee Boat Tour in 10,000 Islands
This private boat tour is led by a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain. You will cruise through one of the most pristine Mangrove Forests in the World! This tour is centered around wildlife conservation, and is very family friendly! Experience the most unique eco-system in the country as you cruise around the Everglades. The best part of the 3 hour cruise is of course the close-up encounters with playful dolphins, sleepy manatees, and the famous alligators!
Adventure Paddle Tours is also a member of 1% for the Planet. Which means 1% of each tour gets donated to the Everglades Foundation, so you will be supporting a eco-minded company! Learn about the different wildlife you’ll encounter with your Florida Naturalist Captain. They can tell you all you want to know on the Mangrove Ecology, Manatee protection, and other interesting facts about the Everglades ecosystem.
This was our favorite trail we did during our day in the park. It was the first hike as you entered the park, so it was quite busy. The 0.8 mile hike was the best area to spot wildlife. We saw alligators, turtles, varies birds, and lots of unique fish.
Gumbo Limbo Trail
But the hammock contains a surprising variety of species that take unfamiliar forms. In the intense competition for light and space, the vegetation grows in layers. A botanist exploring this hammock in 1983 was so in awe of the profusion of bromeliads, royal palms, and orchids that he suggested the area as a federal park. His journey here from Miami took three days.
You’ll see the scenery changing as hardwoods are taken over by young pine. Higher areas in the Everglades eventually become large hammocks, unless they are destroyed by fire first. Fire preserves the natural diversity of the Everglades, and is crucial to the regrowth process of the various ecosystems.
Formerly, 52 color varieties of tree snails lived in the hammocks of South Florida. They came from the West Indies, dispersed, and settled in separate tree islands. After years of inbreeding, many multi-colored varieties came about. After gathering many of one variety, collectors sometimes would burn the hammock, destroying any left and making their collection more valuable. Thus putting at least four kinds of tree snail into extinction.
A short walk will guide you to a beautiful overlook known as Pa-hay-okee. This ecosystem of freshwater marsh is a wide, shallow, slow moving “river of grass”. It’s amazing how large this green river of grass really was. It seemed to expand forever into the horizon- with the occasional tree sprouting out.
Mahogany Hammock Trail
4 Day Tour from Miami
If you have more time and want to see all the top sites in southern Florida this tour is for you! Starting in Miami this tour includes trips to Everglades National Park, Key West, South Beach, Miami City, Little Havana, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, location of the Mar-a-Lago -Palm Beach, plus an exclusive dinner at the Fort Lauderdale Dinner & Cruise Show. Or if you prefer, the Miami South Beach Night Tour on the day of airport pickup.
5-Day Tour From Miami
This 5 day tour from Miami to the Everglades and throughout southern Florida is perfect if you have the time. The tour leaves from Miami and takes you to Everglades National Park, a shopping outlet, Exclusive* Fort Lauderdale’s Dinner & Show Cruise or Miami South Beach Night Tour on the day of airport pickup. See the best of Florida in this hot spots: Key West, South Beach, Miami City, Little Havana, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, location of the Mar-a-Lago -Palm Beach, and etc.