Hey there! Are you ready to plan an exciting trip to Everglades National Park?! This wild and mysterious river wilderness is home to alligators, crocodiles, manatees, dolphins, birds, and more. You are sure to find something here that everyone in your group will LOVE.
Everglades National Park is a place where memories are made — and somewhere you will talk about for years to come. Adventures of all kinds can be found here, and you’re guaranteed to see some fascinating creatures!
There is so much to do. You may have already looked at a map and been a little overwhelmed — and eager — to make sure that you don’t miss the best sights.
I’m a former park ranger, and I’ll help you plan your vacation down to the details. I’ve extensively explored Everglades National Park and am here to help! Whether this is your first time to the Everglades, or if you are returning after many years and would like to be reintroduced to the park, this list of 10 things is for you.
What You Need to Know
- Everglades National Park is 1.5 million acres, making it the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S.! This massive wetland protects hundreds of unique and rare animal and plant species. Everglades actually isn’t a swamp — it’s a giant, slow-moving river.
- Two seasons exist at the Everglades — wet season and dry season. The dry season (November-April) is the most popular time to visit the park. Park facilities and activities are fully open, temperatures are more bearable, and you’re likely to see more wildlife.
- Entrance fees are required, and you’ll find entrance stations at the Homestead, Shark Valley, and Everglades City areas of the park. Everglades is open year-round, but be sure to take a look at the operating hours and current conditions before you go.
- This park has 3 main areas, and these areas are not interconnected. The main park entrance is found near the town of Homestead, and this entrance connects you to Flamingo via the longest road that travels through the park. The smaller Shark Valley and Everglades City entrances have very short roads into the park and do not connect with the main park road. You’ll also drive through Big Cypress as you travel between the different sections of Everglades!
- Due to its proximity to Miami, there are plenty of places to stay in the area surrounding the Everglades. If you want to stay in the park, check out the in-park camping options or stay at Flamingo in the lodge, on a houseboat, or in an eco-tent.
I’ll make sure that you don’t miss the most popular sights, but I also want to provide a few treasures that are off-the-beaten-path as well. Let the adventure begin!