Day Trip To The Florida Everglades
Florida's Everglades is one of the most diverse and unique wetlands ecosystems in the world. It's home to plant and animal species not found anywhere else and provides an opportunity for visitors to come face to face with some of the densest and lush plant life found anywhere—housing millions of animals.
If you've never been to the Everglades, we invite you to come to visit us at Everglades National Park and experience all there is to offer at this must-see and experience part of Florida. Please keep reading to find out some of my best tips and advice for your upcoming visit.
What Parts of the Everglades to Explore
Perhaps the first thing to do when planning an Everglades visit is to decide which parts you want to see.
The Everglades is a vast place with lots of exciting places to consider, so make sure you plan out your trip ahead of time to save time and help you get the most out of your time there.
Consider the following information and suggestions to help you plan your visit and make the most out of your time with us.
Essential Details and Suggestions
Shark Valley Entrance
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If you like biking and want to see some amazing wildlife while getting in plenty of exercises, consider the Shark Valley entrance. This area sits adjacent to Miami and US 41.
It's a great representation of what makes this area so unique and appealing and is the better option if you're limited on time and can visit the Homestead entrance to the park.
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If you opt to go into the park through the Homestead entrance, know that you won't have access to pit stops with food and refreshments, so be sure to bring your own.
There's a fee at the entrance that is $30 per car, but the pass lasts for seven days, which is ideal because it may take several days to accomplish everything you want within the park.
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If you want to see plenty of alligators and other wildlife, you need to visit the Anhinga Trail. This trail is paved or has a boardwalk and is .8 miles long. The best time to visit to see the most wildlife, including alligators, is during the winter.
If you plan to bring the family or have young children, this is an ideal spot to walk with ease and see a dense collection of species without hiking or biking.
Mahogany Hammock Trail
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If you like shorter trails with plenty to see, then this is a great option. It features a boardwalk for a hassle-free walk through dense vegetation and many species of wildlife.
The vegetation and wildlife are slightly different here than in other parts of the Everglades. Named after the tree island sits a bit higher in elevation, this trail, and features slightly different scenery.
While planning your visit to Everglades National Park, consider these tips to help you have a better experience, prepare for what to expect.
Everglades National Park has vast areas of wilderness throughout the park. Sometimes you'll have access to food and gas or bathroom breaks, and other times you won't. You may go as many as 40 to 50 miles at a time without access to these amenities.
The best way to stay ready for your trip is to ensure you have adequate supplies with you the whole time. Gas up every chance you get so you don't run out. The Everglades isn't a good place to run out of gas.
Make sure that you have water on hand, and don't forget to stop for bathroom breaks when the opportunity presents itself because it might be some time before another restroom is available. Some other supplies to remember include the following.
- First-aid supplies
- Backup portable charger for phones
- Important information and phone numbers
With some preparation and the right supplies, you'll be ready to set out for adventure in the Everglades.
Before visiting us at Everglades National Park, keep these things in mind. Don't forget to plan out your visit to maximize your time doing the things you want. Consider the conditions for your type of visit. For example, if you have small children, you should stick to the areas with boardwalks and plenty of stops along the way.
You should also ask park rangers about any highlights or details you may consider valuable. We're always eager to help our visitors. Don't forget to be ready for adventure and have a visit you won't forget! See you soon.