Everglades National ParkSouth Florida 

Everglades National Park

Florida’s Wetlands: Preserved From Development

Everglades National Park is the third largest national park in the lower 48 states, covering over 1.5 million acres in Florida.  It protects the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi River and the lower portion of the tropical wetlands known as the Everglades.  The Everglades is a network of wetlands and forests fed by a river flowing south out of Lake Okeechobee toward Florida Bay.  It is the largest mangrove forest in the western hemisphere, the most significant breeding ground in North America for wading birds and home to dozens of threatened or protected species including the Florida panther.  The park was necessitated by the development of South Florida, which drained portions of the wetlands and diverted water.  Now, the Everglades is one of only three locations to appear as a Wetland of International Importance, a World Heritage Site, and an International Biosphere Reserve.

Scroll down to read more about the Everglades.  Don’t miss our additional sections about specific areas inside Everglades National Park:

Entrance fees

An entrance fee of $20 for motorcycles and $25 for private, noncommercial vehicles is charged at entry. The passes are good for seven days. The park offers an annual pass for $40 that is good for 12 months from the purchase date. The national park pass ($80), senior pass ($10) and other national park passes are accepted at Everglades National Park.

Busiest Months

  • Percent of annual visits

Don’t Miss:

  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Kayaking

Other Activities

  • Canoeing
  • Camping
  • Boat tours

Bird Watching

There are as many as three hundred bird species in the Florida Everglades, and it is a birding paradise from December to March during the winter dry season. Several hiking trails are good for bird watching, including Anhinga Trail, Shark Valley Tram Road and Snake Bight Trail. Birds also congregate around the bodies of water. Try Nine Mile Pond, Eco Pond, Mrazek Pond, or Paurotis Pond.

Wilderness Waterway

For boating and camping enthusiasts, the 99 mile Wilderness Waterway offers an adventure through the Everglades. The water trail connects Flamingo to Everglades City. It is best for experienced paddlers and boaters. Some areas are only passable at high tide and powerboats may have to detour around some portions. Inexperienced boaters may have trouble navigating due to the many bays, creeks and mangrove lined shores. The authorized national park boat tour concessioner rents canoes and kayaks. They also offer drop off or pick up service for canoes/kayaks and passengers.

Boat Tours

An authorized national park concessioner offers boat tours with trained naturalists to see the sights and wildlife of Ten Thousand Islands and the Mangrove Wilderness. Tickets are between $15 and $48 depending on age (kids/adults) and the tour. Tours are 1.5 hours to 1.75 hours.

Recent Bird Sightings

Hiking Trails:

Anhinga Trail is a short .4 mile trail (.8 mile round trip) that starts at the Royal Palm Visitor Center, about four miles from the park entrance.  It is a self-guided trail through a sawgrass marsh.  It is one of the most popular trails in the park because of the abundant wildlife along the trail in the winter.  The broad, easy trail offers a handicapped accessible boardwalk over Taylor Slough, where wading birds and alligators are frequently seen.

Roundtrip Flights to Miami:

Origin Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Atlanta

01/29/2019

01/30/2019

Tickets from $ 41

New York

04/03/2019

04/10/2019

Tickets from $ 76

New Orleans

01/30/2019

02/02/2019

Tickets from $ 82

Philadelphia

03/04/2019

03/08/2019

Tickets from $ 93

Tampa

02/16/2019

02/23/2019

Tickets from $ 97

Orlando

01/29/2019

02/05/2019

Tickets from $ 98

Chicago

02/18/2019

02/21/2019

Tickets from $ 106

Detroit

01/27/2019

01/31/2019

Tickets from $ 108

Houston

02/23/2019

03/02/2019

Tickets from $ 109

Baltimore

04/08/2019

04/10/2019

Tickets from $ 110

Boston

03/05/2019

03/12/2019

Tickets from $ 118

Austin

03/02/2019

05/07/2019

Tickets from $ 122

Richmond

02/20/2019

02/23/2019

Tickets from $ 123

Nashville

03/04/2019

03/11/2019

Tickets from $ 137

Pittsburgh

03/11/2019

03/14/2019

Tickets from $ 139

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