Shark Valley

Shark Valley, Everglades National Park: Hours, Address, Shark Valley Reviews: 4.5/5

Shark Valley
4.5
Biking Trails • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Valleys
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Located in the Everglades, this trail is a great way to explore the Florida landscape.
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Megan J
Herriman, UT12 contributions
Favorite part of the trip
Jun 2021
Definitely rent the bikes. My husband, our two boys (18 & 16) and I rented the bikes and did the full 15 miles loop. We did it in an hour and a half, but we are all in shape and went pretty fast the 2nd half. It is completely flat and riding a bike gives you a nice breeze. We saw tons of alligators, birds, frogs, etc. I had a blast. We even went about 3:00 in the afternoon. 90 degrees and a lot of humidity, we did sweat and ran out of water, but it was still fun. Take lots of water! The first half is way more scenic than the 2nd half. I would almost recommend riding to the bridge and then turning around back the way you came : )
Written June 22, 2021
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Steve O
19 contributions
Ride bikes to view wildlife in Shark Valley
Jun 2021
Strongly agree with recent review from GumpyandtheOldlday - definitely rent bikes and stop and enjoy wildlife viewing along the Shark Valley straightaway between the parking lot and the observation tower (6-7 miles?). Because of the lack of rain before our early June trip the water is concentrated in the canal along the road so you will see many alligators, turtles, fish and bird species right next to the bike path. Many flocks of White Ibis flying overhead ... glorious! We did not reserve bikes but got there at 9 when many were available to rent. There are patches of shade along the trail but not much. The observation tower is quite large (safe) and tall so you will get great views. Restroom and water at the tower (only). Take your time along the straightaway and then double-back or complete the loop via the windy part of the loop trail - not much wildlife to see here so you can go quickly to finish the loop. We were on the trail for 4 hours because of frequent stops. Trail is basically flat and easy to ride.
Our number one stop in the Everglades for wildlife viewing (vs Aningha Trail and Flamingo).
Written June 12, 2021
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Onair11005744299
15 contributions
Shark Valley Everglades National Park is the best
Jun 2021 • Family
Shark Valley in the Everglades National Park is definitely worth it, it’s awesome and the Real Florida Vacation, take the Tram ride and hopefully you will get Juan as your guide, he’s the best and Trish is a great driver
Written June 12, 2021
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GrumpyandtheOldLady
New York City, NY441 contributions
Rent the bikes and don't forget the sunscreen. Absolutely wonderful!
May 2021
After reading some of the reviews of the bike rental at the Shark Valley entrance to Everglades NP, I was a bit concerned with the bikes. My concerns were completely unfounded as the bikes were in good shape. Some of the bikes had baskets but not on the women's bikes (my only criticism.) The bikes are of the type you had as a kid - one gear and to stop you must push the pedals backwards. This didn't bother us but you should keep it in mind. Make sure to get an online reservation for the bike rental. Taking the advice of the lady at the rental counter, we took the straight path down to the tower. The wildlife viewing was crazy good. Unlike the tram, we could stop anytime we wanted to and took some amazing pictures. The bike path is paved and level. You park your bikes by the tower and walk up to the entry area. You will find restrooms and water fountains. They did not guarantee the water fountains would be turned on and we had brought our own. When we visited in May, they had been turned on already. After the tower, we took the winding bike route back. The wildlife was not as good as the water level was minimal due to the dry season just ending and the rainy season just beginning. Go as early as possible to see the animals being active and the Florida sun is not trying to kill you. There is no shade, so make sure you bring lots of sunscreen. We have been to The Everglades before but not this entrance and cannot imagine going back without including this entrance to our plans.
Written June 6, 2021
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profmom1
Douglasville, GA171 contributions
Worth the visit
May 2021 • Couples
We stopped here on our drive to Key West. We bought tickets for the 2 hour tram tour in advance. This is an amazing place. The wind makes the prairie sound like the ocean, and wildlife was abundant. This definitely the place for birdwatchers. With more time I would love to ride bikes through this area.
Written May 21, 2021
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Ivy-Ripley
Riverview, FL308 contributions
Gators Galore
May 2021
We had a wonderful morning here. The tram tour was a great way to see so much with a very knowledgeable guide. Our highlight was Ranger Erika who helped our daughter become a Junior Ranger. She was very friendly, and the Junior Ranger program is such a great way to get kids involved with nature and learning. We saw so many animals, including baby gators on the tram tour. For our first national park, this was a winner.

Just a head's up, the toilets in the bathrooms were unique, and they did frighten our 6 year old. She was able to go, but it was truly an experience, lol.
Written May 11, 2021
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LBSLP
Palm Beach Gardens, FL65 contributions
Beautiful natural everglade experience!
May 2021
We visited Shark valley again and loved it. It's an awesome natural park with beautiful birds and gators (huge adult and baby gators too).
Written May 11, 2021
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Bobbie
Canandaigua, NY55 contributions
Awesome experience biking around Shark Valley
Apr 2021
Biking on the Shark Valley trail was a lot of fun. We saw so many alligators and stopped counting them at 75. Although we don't think of ourselves as bird watchers, they were beautiful. Our favorites were the brightly-colored pink spoonbill. Watching the birds from the observation tower was exciting and beautiful. We started our ride late morning and ended early afternoon. The second half of our ride became increasingly hard as the sun beat down on us. It was really hot. Make sure to wear a hat and take plenty of water with you - many of the bikes have baskets. Enjoy the ride!
Written May 7, 2021
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sloank877
13 contributions
Awesome first stop in Florida
Apr 2021 • Family
After our family of 4 landed in Ft. Lauderdale airport at 9:30 am after a three hour flight - Shark Valley was our first stop. It did not disappoint! The drive there from the airport was easy. It was a $30 dollar entry. We parked in the lot, hit the small and air conditioned visitor center and spoke with some park rangers. (All friendly and informative). My husband purchased 2 sun hats and cold waters from the small store that is next to the visitor center. We hit the composting toilets that are common in national parks - then started the paved trail along the canal just past the parking lot...it was awesome! We saw a gator coming out of the mangroves, a baby gator, along with a few others, as well as many fish, insects, and birds. Our kids were pretty tired after walking and looking at wildlife after about an hour into the walk, so we started our trek back towards the visitor center to hang in the shade for a bit before heading out.
There our bikes to rent, and there is a cool lookout tower at the end of this trail (we didn’t make it on foot with our little guys, but it is on our list for next time!) and also you can book tram tours that take you to the lookout.
Written May 3, 2021
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Bruce C
1 contribution
Tram ride
Apr 2021 • Couples
What an enjoyable and informative two-hour ride! James, the driver and Ricky, the narrator, did a fantastic job. Their enthusiasm was infectious and we all got excited over the different animals we were able to see. It was nice stopping half-way through to take a scenic view from the tower. Would definitely recommend it.
Written April 16, 2021
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