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Shark Valley

Shark Valley Loop Road Miami, Everglades National Park, FL 33194
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Rockledge, FL
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Visited Shark Valley & took the tram tour. Michael Vasi was our guide & he was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the park & nature. He was generous with his time & took the time to show us his personal photos of the park. very few facilities here. Toilets & a small ticket office that sells snacks is all... More

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Tampa, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The earlier the better to beat the heat and you will see a variety of birds. Easy walking and not crowded at all so you will enjoy the peace and quiet. Try going on a weekday for best birding with even fewer people.

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Greeley, Colorado, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We rode our tandem out to the tower. A great place to ride. Be sure to ride as early as possible. It gets hot here even in April, and the gators are out when the path is warm and the air is cooler.

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Parrish, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The best way to see this section of the Everglades is to take the tram tour out to the viewing tower, especially in the summer when thunderstorms are frequent and strong. It would be fun to ride bikes or hike, I think it is seven miles , in the winter. Our tour guide, Michael Vasi, shared his lifetime passion for... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Never visiting southern Florida before our trip, I didn't realize what I was about to see when I arrived at the park. Being from Canada, I was hoping to see at least one alligator. Boy, was I surprised to see 100's of them. They climb out of the water and sit on the bike path so you have to be... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Shark Valley is in short the everglades in a nutshell. It is possible to hike along trails and along the loop road, rent a bike and cycle the loop or take a tram tour. Be aware that there is no drinking water or concessions once you leave the visitor center so fill up your water bottles before you go. There's... More

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Hollywood, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Love this park! 15 mile paved loop through the Everglades. Great for bike riding. Be careful of mosquitoes this time of year. They are numerous and on attack so wear repellant and keep moving.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I've been visiting on weekends here for years. It's always an experience of the Everglades, but that means different things depending on many variables throughout the year. You can rent rickety bikes to go the 14 miles that comprise the paved loop road but be prepared, it's hot and you'll need lots of hydration. If you do, you'll likely see... More

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

As resides dint of Louisiana, gators are not much of an attraction. So that said, let me begin, the visitor center is interesting. Certainly the tram may be good way to see wildlife, but it's not our thing. The bike ride is better for wildlife. Be sure to have sunscreen and bug spray and be prepared for rain in the... More

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South Bend, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The narrator was very good and gave out good information, but we saw only a couple of alligators, turtles, and a few birds. The tour guide recommends coming in February and in the morning to see the most wildlife and we were there on a June afternoon. You can also rent bikes to explore the trails. Make sure to bring... More

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