Short Guide to Visiting Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park in Florida is among those wild and unique places which keep calling you back years after you left them. Situated close to Miami in the southern part of Florida, the Everglades are actually a vast wetland, where the abundant water and sub-tropical climate nurture an incredibly diverse fauna. The unique landscapes and complex ecosystems are among the main reasons to visit the Everglades, but some are also attracted by the activities available around the park or the exciting thought of seeing real-life alligators. Here’s a short guide to visiting Everglades National Park to stir your curiosity and give you the ‘where’ and ‘how’ in regards to this fabulous Florida attraction:
How to get there
Getting to Everglades couldn’t be simpler. This is one of the only National Parks to be crossed by a real highway (I-75) so if you have a car the road will kind of take you there. If you happen to be in Florida or Fort Lauderdale, you can get to everglades within less than one hour by car – which is why so many people choose to spend part of their vacation visiting the Everglades.
What to see
Well, the best way to put this question would have probably been: what not to see? Alligators are, of course, a common sight in Everglades but so are crocodiles! The major inhabitants of the park are, however, water bird species like egrets, storks, herons or flamingos. Much of the Everglades territory consists of marshes (typical prairie animals can also be encountered), but mangroves, palms and even patches of pine wood can also be seen.
Where to stay
Accommodation is available both within and outside the park’s territory. The majority of the lodges inside the park are owned by big tourism operators, but this doesn’t mean that you won’t find accommodation to fit each pocket. The warm climate allows camping almost on a year round base, however remember that the park has special designated camp sites as well as campgrounds along the trails and it is part of the National Park Service Policy to register as a camper.
I have already mentioned some possible activities above, like hiking, camping or bird watching in the Everglades. However, the park is also one of America’s favourite fishing destinations – all those water birds wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for the abundant fish. You can also try cruising, canoeing, bicycling or take a tram tour where you can sit back and enjoy the nature.