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Everglades National Park

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Everglades National Park showing forest scenes

This sprawling wetland park holds a seemingly endless supply of wildlife habitats and enthralling ecosystems. 

Wander through miles of Everglades National Park’s tranquil wetland in search of mangrove forests, sawgrass prairies, orchids, alligators and crocodiles. Sunbathe on white sand beaches or kayak or bicycle to wildlife habitats.

Everglades National Park is a subtropical wilderness, one of the largest national parks in mainland United States. Drive on the east-west Tamiami Trail along the park’s northern border, passing open areas of flooded woodland.

Travel by land or water inside the park to see some of the 50 reptile and 360 bird species living here. Follow the boardwalk path of the short Anhinga Trail and watch for the namesake bird with a snakelike neck. The anhinga submerges for extended periods and spears its catch with its beak.

Continue westward to Shark Valley. Behind the imposing name is a scenic 15-mile (24-kilometer) trail that takes you close to an environment of dense forest and small creeks. Spot storks and herons fishing in the shallows. Try to find both brown alligators and gray-green crocodiles lurking at the surface. The park is one of the few places on earth where the two reptiles live side by side. Look for alligator holes and nests.

Reach the Gulf Coast to find the Ten Thousand Islands. This network of tiny landmasses lies offshore from the city of Everglades on the park’s northwestern coast. Explore the shallow, blue-green passageways by kayak and find an empty beach. Pick up a tide timetable to plan your paddling to avoid strong currents or exposed oyster reefs.

Everglades National Park encompasses Florida State’s southernmost point. Enter the park via the main Florida City entrance on the southeast side of the park or entrances near Miami and the Gulf Coast. Pay an admission fee to enter the park; your pass will be valid for seven days. Visit the small towns along the eastern and western borders of the park for food and accommodations.

The U.S. national park system offers affordable outdoor adventures in a wide variety of terrains. Explore Everglades National Park, not only a fascinating wetland, but also a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.

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Top Hotels Close to Everglades National Park

Fairway Inn Florida City / Homestead / Everglades
Fairway Inn Florida City / Homestead / Everglades
2.5 out of 5
100 SE 1st Ave, Florida City, FL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $80 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in the heart of Florida City, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Prime Outlets Florida City and within 9 mi (15 km) of Homestead-Miami Speedway and Biscayne ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,766 reviews)

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Fairway Inn Florida City / Homestead / Everglades
Farmhouse Stay With Amazing Pool!
Farmhouse Stay With Amazing Pool!
Florida City, FL
The price is $320 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Situated in Florida City, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Plaza Licenciado Benito Juarez and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fasulo Park and Everglades National ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Lovely Stay
"Isaris and Sergio are wonderful hosts, and the space is lovely, spacious, and clean. This is a great launchpad for the Everglades and beyond—definitely recommend!"

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

Farmhouse Stay With Amazing Pool!
Best Western Gateway to the Keys
Best Western Gateway to the Keys
2.5 out of 5
411 S Krome Ave, Florida City, FL
The price is $81 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Situated in Florida City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Prime Outlets Florida City, Pioneer Florida Museum and Village, and Loren Roberts Park. Fasulo ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,189 reviews)
"Very clean lobby and when we walked into our room you could smell the bleach and how clean it was. Overall we enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Best Western Gateway to the Keys
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Days Inn by Wyndham Florida City
Days Inn by Wyndham Florida City
2.5 out of 5
124 E Palm Dr, Florida City, FL
The price is $73 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Days Inn by Wyndham Florida City
Farmhouse Stay With Amazing Pool!
Farmhouse Stay With Amazing Pool!
Florida City, FL
The price is $320 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Farmhouse Stay With Amazing Pool!
Fairway Inn Florida City / Homestead / Everglades
Fairway Inn Florida City / Homestead / Everglades
2.5 out of 5
100 SE 1st Ave, Florida City, FL
The price is $80 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Fairway Inn Florida City / Homestead / Everglades
Best Western Gateway to the Keys
Best Western Gateway to the Keys
2.5 out of 5
411 S Krome Ave, Florida City, FL
The price is $81 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Best Western Gateway to the Keys
Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
97000 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL
The price is $357 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
Travelodge by Wyndham Florida City/Homestead/Everglades
Travelodge by Wyndham Florida City/Homestead/Everglades
3 out of 5
409 SE 1st Ave, Florida City, FL
The price is $79 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Travelodge by Wyndham Florida City/Homestead/Everglades
Islander Resort
Islander Resort
3 out of 5
82100 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL
The price is $237 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Islander Resort
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Homestead Florida City
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Homestead Florida City
2.5 out of 5
60 SW 352nd Street, Florida City, FL
The price is $101 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Homestead Florida City
Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina
Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina
3 out of 5
84001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL
The price is $289 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.