Nature & parks in Everglades National Park

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Nature & Parks in Everglades National Park

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  • Steph
    Atlanta, GA93 contributions
    We rented bikes from the visitor center ($22 each) and rode the 15 miles but it was worth it! The staff was very nice. Be sure to wear sunscreen, have lots of water and some snacks if you choose to bike. It took us about 3 hours (8 and 10 yr olds) with stops. We saw lots of birds, turtles and gators. There is also a tram.
    Written July 16, 2022
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  • Miles Archer
    Boca Raton, FL7,316 contributions
    My wife and I like to hike. We came here shortly after opening on a partly cloudy day, long before the rising sun reached its zenith. We wore wide-brim hats, carried water bottles, smeared on suntan lotion, and set off at a leisurely pace. Of course we saw alligators. And birds, including water birds like anhigas drying their spread wings, and predatory birds like ospreys and hawks. The boardwalk trail is easy to walk. By the time the clouds broke up and the temperature headed for 90 degrees We were done, back in the AC of our car. By then there were other hikes and sightseers here.
    Written June 26, 2022
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  • JoDoShep
    Naples, FL191 contributions
    We visited a few years ago after Hurricane Irma and found much damage along the road. Now there are many standing dead trees. We read that 65% of the mangroves were severely damaged so recovery will be slow. Many of the birds we used to see here have apparently moved farther north in the Everglades away from the damage. The Marina is still a place you might see manatees close-up, as well as both alligators and crocodiles. In warm moist weather, bring long sleeves and long pants as the mosquitos can be a challenge especially at dawn and dusk.
    Written December 12, 2021
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  • roamingsouls
    Virginia41 contributions
    Rented a canoe from Flamingo and did a nice long paddle. In general, the trail was easy to follow but in a couple of places either poles are missing or poorly placed, so we had to do a bit of backtracking on occasion. Lovely sense of peace and calm out on the water, though.
    Written February 22, 2022
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  • Gina A
    Dallas, TX410 contributions
    A short trail to see the terrain. We heard birds and other wildlife but didn't see any. The road to the Trail is also very nice to see the terrain and we also spotted a barred owl.
    Written April 9, 2021
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  • Lovtorun
    Midwest577 contributions
    We did a quick hike on this trail as we wanted to get to the Flamingo area. Lots of trees including a very large mahogany, birds, a nice boardwalk trail. We would have enjoyed a little more signage identifying things. along the way.
    Nice shaded parking area, easy in and out from main road. Worth a stop. We really enjoyed looking up to see bromeliads and air plants living high in the trees.
    Written February 27, 2020
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  • bolkin
    New York City, NY192 contributions
    We walked along the Gumbo Limbo trail before going on the Anhinga ranger walk. The trail is in the shade, and very very short
    Written April 13, 2022
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  • The Hiking Harpist
    Boston, MA54 contributions
    Long Pines do not throw a lot of shade, so this was a hot walk. That being said, it's near the beautiful Long Pine Campground and is a great way to see plant life that differs from the lower, swampier elevations. The trail is long, but you can go as far as you'd like and then turn around. Even though it was January, I saw some flowers in bloom as well as some butterflies. The view up through the pine trees made for some incredible photos.
    Written February 25, 2020
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  • snpkelley
    Uniontown, OH407 contributions
    This was a very pretty trail that takes you into the woods but we did not see any wildlife aside from some geckos.
    Written March 17, 2021
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  • 2DMV
    17 contributions
    Wow! What an experience! I learned so much from enthusiastic and informative Ranger Olivia (she was a FABULOUS guide!) during our walk through the water. It was so different to see the flora and fauna while standing in the wetlands. The highlight was observing the alligator hole (sans the alligator) and then actually seeing an alligator in a different area on our way out of the wetlands.
    Written February 21, 2022
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  • Lovtorun
    Midwest577 contributions
    We were driving past here on our way to Flamingo and got a glimpse of a lot of birds! On the way back we stopped and saw hundreds of migrating water birds including ducks, herons, egrets, a herd of white pelicans and lots more. That same day the Everglades posted that it was just the right conditions here for a huge bird feeding. We did see one alligator cruising the shoreline as well.
    What a lucky and fun spot to see! There was pull off parking on both sides of the road.
    Written February 27, 2020
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  • Juliann B
    Wilmington, IL151 contributions
    This is a good trail to really stretch your legs and not worry about getting lost. It's straight out and back. It looks like we were fortunate to avoid mosquitos, I got a few bites but were not mobbed at all. Pretty boardwalk at the end.
    Written May 9, 2021
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  • Brenda B
    Pittsford, NY56 contributions
    I took my son (16yrs old) here while he was visiting Miami. He is difficult to get to engage in any activity, let alone with his mom, but we had the BEST day at the Park. The airboat tour was very informative and we did not have to wait too long ( we did not have reservations, and bought tickets on groupon so it was pretty inexpensive). After the boat, we got to interact with some gators, my son even held one! After we went on a walking tour of part of the park, and we actually saw a gator LIVE in the park about 2 ft from our feet!!! It was pretty cool for a 16 yr old boy from NY to get excited about a day with mom, but he must have had fun cuz he posted it on Instagram for all to see:)
    Written June 5, 2017
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  • CVTravelers
    Castro Valley, CA139 contributions
    From the parking lot, you can see a number of nesting birds. For us the highlight was seeing the Spoonbills. Binoculars really help but you could see them without binoculars. There were a number of other people looking at the birds and they were happy to share their high powered scopes. We would recommend a short stop here.
    Written February 6, 2020
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  • Steve5863
    Avon, OH13,020 contributions
    Chokoloskee Bay, about 10 miles (16.1k) long, is tucked between the southwest coast of Florida near Everglades City and the Ten Thousand Islands, a maze of mangrove covered islands, most which are protected by Everglades National Park. There area around the bay is unspoiled and has changed little over the decades providing one with an old-time, authentic Florida feel.

    Being protected by the mangrove maze, full of wildlife and natural beauty, the calm waters make for an excellent place to kayak, canoe, fish and birdwatch. Equipment rentals and fishing charters can be found in both Everglades City and the small community of Chokoloskee a bit further south.

    A boat tour of the Ten Thousand Islands is a must do for visitors to this part of Everglades National Park. Popular boat tours are provided by the National Park concessionaire, which depart from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City, and by the Smallwood Store that depart from the store in Chokoloskee. We took a sunset cruise with Smallwood Store boat tours which was outstanding.
    Written June 1, 2019
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