If you have the time and want to see the real Everglades, this sidetrip is well worth you effort and time. It will add an hour or more to your trip over Alligator Alley but you will really be up close and personal with some the residents of the Everglades. Lots of gators, heron, ibis and heron in as natural a habitat as you can find. Bring your camera and be prepared to make multiple stops.
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