Everglades

Accommodation:

  • Miccosukee Resort & Gaming

Transport:

  • There are no direct bus connections that take you to the Everglades National Park.
  • There are three entrances to Everglades National Park and they are not connected, but can be accessed through different areas of south Florida. Click here for the different entrances
  • Driving: If driving from Miami or North of Homestead, take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends merging with US 1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive and follow the signs to the park
  • To access the park’s northern entrance, take the Tamiami Trail (SW 8th Street/Highway 41) all the way west to the Shark Valley Visitor Center. The journey takes around 1 hour from Miami
  • At the Shark Valley Visitor Center, there is a tram tour that leaves from the center that goes deep into the park

Things to see:

  • Nike Hercules missile base
  • Mangroves on Nine-Mile Pond
  • Florida Bay
  • Flamingo, the southernmost point in mainland Florida
  • Cape Sable
  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
  • Airboat

Tips:

  • There are two main seasons in the Everglades, late Nov – May is dry season (the busiest time of year) and the middle of May – Nov is the wet season, which has more rainfall but is less busy
  • Entrance to the park costs $30 per car, granting 7 days access. It costs $15 for individuals who arrive by foot or bicycle
  • Climb atop Shark Valley’s 65-foot observation tower for a bird’s eye view of the glades
  • Remember to take insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Although it might be sunny and hot, take a coat / jumper as it can get really cold in the glades
  • Four miles from the Ernest F Coe Visitor Center you’ll find the Royal Palm Visitor Center, which has access to both the Anhinga Trail and the Gumbo Limbo Trail. These are great for hiking, nature lovers and kayaking
  • West from Shark Valley is Everglades City. Go here for the Ten Thousand Islands and the Wilderness Waterway
  • Tickets to Gator Park include admission and an airboat ride through the Everglades. Online tickets costs $19.99 per adult, while it costs $24.99 if paying at the gate
  • You can rent an airboat with a driver to explore the glades

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