Be sure to stop at a visitor center as you enter the park for information, tours and activities.
Here are some of the activities you can enjoy during your visit:
Boat Tours: One of the best ways to experience the scenery and spot wildlife is on a boat, where you can see areas you can’t reach on foot. You can bring your own boat, rent one, or hop on a guided boat tour led by an experienced naturalist. Rent a skiff, pontoon or even a houseboat at Flamingo Marina, or tour the Everglades backcountry or Florida Bay on a guided cruise. Feeling adventurous? Book an airboat ride at Gator Park or Everglades Safari Park
, both on the Tamiami Trail Scenic Drive
Canoeing and Kayaking: Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one and explore canoe trails ranging from easy to challenging. You can access popular trails and rent canoes and kayaks at Flamingo Marina, or paddle through a mangrove tunnel on a west coast trail accessible from Everglades City
. If it’s your first visit, consider hiring one of the park’s approved outfitters to guide your journey.
Fishing: Everglades National Park offers both freshwater and saltwater fishing. You’ll need the appropriate Florida fishing license unless you’re under age 16 or over 65. Learn more about Florida fishing regulations here
Hiking and Biking: Hiking and biking trails throughout the park offer everything from a short walk to a multi-day hiking or biking trek through a variety of habitats.
Wildlife viewing: More than 300 species of birds inhabit the Everglades, making it a bird-watcher’s paradise. It’s also home to many species of endangered or threatened animals including the Florida panther, American alligator, American crocodile and West Indian manatee. Take in the scenery and look for wildlife with Shark Valley Tram Tours
, which offers a two-hour excursion through sawgrass prairies in an open tram.