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From Orlando to Key Largo via the Everglades

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From Orlando to Key Largo via the Everglades

We will be driving from Orlando to Key Largo. On our way we would like to visit the Everglades. Is that possible or would you need more time ? Also where would be the best place to start this tour in the Everglades and how long does it take ?

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1. Re: From Orlando to Key Largo via the Everglades

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.

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2. Re: From Orlando to Key Largo via the Everglades

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 ....

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3. Re: From Orlando to Key Largo via the Everglades

Without stops traffic etc plan on just under 6hrs driving from Orlando. What time of the year are you making he trip ? The Anhinga trail is a forty min. detour off your route to Key Largo. The trail is compact walkable and offers plenty of wildlife viewing.

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4. Re: From Orlando to Key Largo via the Everglades

We will be there next week. I thought, there were boat trips and that is what we wanted to do

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5. Re: From Orlando to Key Largo via the Everglades

Airboat ? Canoe ? Power boat ? We've got em all, which would you prefer?

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6. Re: From Orlando to Key Largo via the Everglades

Canoe definitely not. What's the difference between the other 2 ?

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7. Re: From Orlando to Key Largo via the Everglades

The boat tour of Whitewater Bay from Flamingo (at the end of the road from the main entrance near Florida City) might be something you'd like. Whitewater Bay is part of the National Park.

nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm

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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8. Re: From Orlando to Key Largo via the Everglades

Why the interest in a boat ride ? You're headed to the Keys, plenty of boats there. IMO a boat ride from Flamingo is NOT doable as part of a day trip drive down from Orlando.

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