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.
We know you really want to make the most out of your trip to Everglades National Park. So, we've put together some of the most popular things you can do here:
Have a look at our Homestead things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're in the area.
This famous Miami Beach hotel rises above 1,000 feet of Atlantic Ocean beach, just 2 miles from shopping on Lincoln Road and 3 miles from Miami's South Beach.
Situated in the airport, in Miami, this hotel is close to Curtiss Mansion, Grapeland Water Park, and Miami Springs Golf Course. Also nearby are Miami Jai Alai and Magic City Casino.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Curtiss Mansion and Miami Springs Golf Course. Miami Jai Alai and Grapeland Water Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Mid Beach, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Indian Beach Park, Miami Beach Boardwalk, and Surfside Beach. Mount Sinai Medical Center is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.