Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

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Everglades National Park is an American national park that protects the southern twenty percent of the original Everglades in Florida. The park is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States and the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River. An average of one million people visit the park each year. Everglades is the third-largest national park in the contiguous United States after Death Valley and Yellowstone.

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This massive national park spans 1.5 million acres of wetlands. There’s no place in the world like it, and it’s within driving distance of downtown Miami. See alligators, cranes, turtles, manatees and even panthers roam their native habitat freely. With three separate entrances, visitors can explore on foot, on a bicycle and via boat. Have you ever zipped to marshes on an airboat? It’s the most exhilarating way to see the Everglades, and now’s your chance.
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The Everglades are a unique environment where American Alligators and American Crocodiles coexist, offering visitors a chance to observe both reptiles in their natural habitat. American Alligators can be seen lounging or sunbathing along the water, while American Crocodiles are often lurking in the waters. While they may appear like statues, they can react with lighting speed, so be sure to know the park’s safety guidelines and regulations before visiting.
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Sam Sanchez: “Many don’t know that the Everglades is actually one of the world’s largest subtropical wildernesses. I grew up in Miami and remember going on school trips here. An airboat tour is a must-do experience. For a run, I recommend the Shark Valley trail, which is a 15-mile loop. Make sure to wear mosquito repellent, bring plenty of water, and wear sunscreen and a hat—it can get very hot, especially in summer. Bring a camera and keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles.”
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This 75-year-old park covers more than 1.5 million acres, stretching from Everglades City to Miami. It’s the largest wetlands area in the world and has nine distinct habitats teeming with wildlife. There are ample ways to explore this place that’s singular on earth—rent a kayak or canoe to see it all from the water, take a guided hike, cruise around by tram, or sleep under the park’s super-starry skies by camping overnight.
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Explore the beauty of Everglades National Park, one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. It’s also one of the most exciting places in Miami to explore with kids. These lush subtropical wetlands occupy 1.5 million acres of sawgrass prairies, hardwood hammocks, freshwater marshes and a diverse population of wildlife that includes bald eagles, white-tailed deer and, of course, alligators. Glide through wetlands in a kayak or take a naturalist-led tour.
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The third-largest national park in the lower 48 states spans 2,400 miles and offers a respite from cold winter temps elsewhere in the country. The dry winter season here means more animals to spot (hello, alligators and manatees!), more ranger programs to attend (think: hikes, bikes, and talks), and way fewer mosquitos than you and the kiddos would find any other time of year.
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Traveling in Florida isn’t complete without stopping at the Everglades—a swampland just one -hour outside of Miami. With 1.5 million acres of tropical and subtropical habitat, this park is one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Step into a haven amongst the mangroves, immerse yourself in the sense of wonder that surrounds you, and sink deep into the slow, languid pace of life in a swamp.
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The wilderness of South Florida is a famous, but misunderstood and imperiled ecosystem. Much of the glades were once drained or diverted to serve the sprawling cities. Luckily, within the past century people have realized the true value of this ecosystem. The vast wetlands, however inhospitable, are indispensable for natural flood control, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and more. The glades even reveal an exquisite beauty to those who care to look, and exploring on foot is one way to go.
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