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Shark Valley

Shark Valley Loop Road Miami, Everglades National Park, FL 33194
305-242-7770
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Valleys, Biking Trails
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Located in the Everglades, this trail is a great way to explore the Florida landscape.
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Illinois
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101 reviews 101 reviews
28 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

We were unsure whether to take the tram or rent bikes but the hot and humid weather steered us to the tram and we made the right decision. Because this is the offseason, there weren't many visitors here but we still saw a lot of wildlife and learned a lot from our tram guide and driver. The driver was very... More

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A MUST if you are in the area. Great tour with engaging guides. Lots of wildlife. Stood a few yards from several alligators. Small ones.

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Miami, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you enjoy the outdoors, seeing animals up close, and like walking, jogging or biking then this is a great place. Ideally bring or rent a bike. The entire circuit is 14 miles or so with the tower locate exactly at the halfway point. Bring water and snacks as there is no concession stand although there is a gift shop... More

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Miami, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you want to see alligators really close up and without supervision, this is the place for you. Why be happy seeing an alligator pop his head out of the water 100 feet away? As for the bike ride, it's 7 miles each way to the observation tower. They have bathrooms there but no lighting so bring a flashlight

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Stavanger, Norway
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Even though it was mid August we decided to rent the bikes and cycle around the 24 km long loop. We saw alligators and turtles in the little creek that path follows the first half of the loop. Great experience if you like watching animals and birds. Bring lots of water and some insect repellant.

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Miami, Florida
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254 reviews 254 reviews
5 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Having lived in Miami for over 20 years, it was only recently that we'd even heard of Shark Valley. With expectations in check, we set out on this experience, and are delighted that we did. First, it's not too easy to find. There was ample confusion on the exact coordinates, but with a little determination, we found the park. Other... More

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Essex, England
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89 reviews 89 reviews
52 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We drove here from Naples (1 hr 20 mins) en route to the Keys. Decided to take the 9.30am tram ride as it was blisteringly hot last week and we felt earlier the better temperature wise! We were glad we did as we saw a good assortment of nature even though it's the worst time of year (as such) to... More

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Tomball, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

One of our favorite areas of the Everglades! Lots to see and lots to learn. Did not get to go on the tram due to time restraints but would recommend it to others.

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Shelton, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

My husband was very excited to go to Shark Valley. I am not a huge alligator fan but went along with it. Well I didn't have to worry at all. Alligator sightings were at a minimal. I wanted to go so that I could take pictures. Very disappointed in that. I guess they don't like the heat either. We saw... More

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Oak Ridge
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

15 miles through the Everglades. Fun ride!! SUPER HOT!!! Wear sunscreen!!! The park is nice, there would have been more wildlife at another time of year, but it was still worth it.

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