Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, boasts rare and endangered species. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance. The Everglades has been a habitat for many different species of birds, animals, and plant life of all types. However, it is slowly diminishing as the result of many modifications that have been made to the wilderness as the result of population growth in the southern Florida area.
Things to do
A vast expanse of roughly 1.5 million acres, there seems no end to the adventures that can be found in Everglades National Park for individuals, couples, or families. The diverse habitats allow for enjoyable activities ranging from hiking, canoe and kayaking, biking, fresh and saltwater fishing and camping in the ultimate wilderness.
Walking and canoe trails, boat tours and tram tours are excellent for viewing wildlife, including American alligators and a multitude of tropical and temperate birds. With over 350 species of birds thriving, the Everglades National Park is one of the best spots in Florida for bird watching and bird photography.
Camping, whether in the backcountry or at established campgrounds, offers the opportunity to enjoy what the park offers firsthand.
Ranger-Led Activities in various areas of the park may help you to enjoy your visit even more. At least half of these are accessible by wheelchair.
When to visit the Everglades National Park
The Everglades is mild and pleasant from December through April, though rare cold fronts may create near freezing conditions. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures around 90° F / 32°C and humidity over 90%. Afternoon thunderstorms are common and mosquitoes are abundant. The Everglades are a vast area of wilderness set amidst the climactic extremes of the subtropics.
During the busy, dry season (winter), most facilities are open and a full range of tours and programs are available to enjoy. During the slow, wet season (summer), facilities may have restricted hours or close altogether, and recreational opportunities may be at a minimum. The Everglades National Park is also known for its many visitor centers which will help guide you to additional interesting attractions.