it's a long drive (Google Maps, Mapquest, and Bing Maps tend to give good routes and reasonably accurate time estimates). It could be worthwhile for you to stop for one or two nights at Florida City at the southern end of the Homestead Extension of the Florida Turnpike. That's close to the main entrance to Everglades National Park, which has a road extending to Flamingo. Along it, you can take walks with park rangers, enjoy boardwalks, or even sign up for boat rides. It's easy to have a full day of things to do.
Florida City is the last town on the mainland; the next is on Key Largo, so you might stay one night at Florida City, then drive on to Key Largo, which also has plenty of natural areas to visit. When Everglades National Park was purchased by the Federal government, plans were to include parts of Key Largo, but that didn't happen. Some of those same areas were purchased thirty or more years later.
Thanks, but we cannot do that. We already booked the hotel in Key Largo. We thought, there were many different options to take a boatride in the Everglades ....
We will be there next week. I thought, there were boat trips and that is what we wanted to do
Airboat ? Canoe ? Power boat ? We've got em all, which would you prefer?
Canoe definitely not. What's the difference between the other 2 ?
Rides in airboats (shallow-draft boats driven by air pushed by airplane propellers and airplane engines) aren't available in the Park but are operated along Tamiami Trail (US highway 41) north of the Park boundary.
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