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The Top Everglades Airboat & Swamp Tours

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If you're planning a trip to Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Florida , visiting Everglades National Park should be on your to-do list. The South Florida national park is known for its expansive beauty, as well as its varied population of wildlife that includes everything from bobcats to alligators.

To see all the Everglades has to offer, sign up for a guided tour. U.S. News consulted both traveler sentiment and expert opinion to identify the top Everglades tours. Before you go, make sure you read through the National Park Service's Wildlife Viewing Ethics to keep both yourself and the animals safe during your time in the park. When choosing the best Everglades tours, we avoided recommending operators that promote wildlife shows or encourage feeding or holding the animals for photo-ops.

Visitors should plan to pay a fee to enter the park, as it may not be included in the price of the tour ticket. You should also keep in mind that many of these tour operators are located at least 30 miles west of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Tours that run on airboats – open-air vessels with huge fans at the back that propel the boat – can be very loud. Companies will generally offer ear protection, but if you or your companions are sensitive to loud noises, contact the tour provider to discuss options before you book.

The Best Everglades Airboat and Swamp Tours

Everglades swamp tours – one hour group tour.

Price: Adults from $60; kids from $30 Duration: 1 hour

This sightseeing trip takes you out on an airboat to cruise through the Everglades' main waterways in search of alligators, birds and interesting vegetation. Throughout the ride, knowledgeable guides share facts about the area's history and ecology. Many travelers recommend booking this tour, describing it as fun and informative, with plenty of wildlife sightings. Departures generally take place daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., but availability may vary by month.

Children 5 and younger can ride for free, but still require a reserved seats. Also check out Everglades Swamp Tours for private airboat tours that last up to two hours.

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Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures – 30-Minute Airboat Tour

Price: Adults from $35; kids from $30 Duration: 30 minutes

Located at the headwaters of the Everglades in Kissimmee, Florida (about 40 miles south of Orlando), Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures earns praise from reviewers for its personable, experienced staff and the family-friendly environment. On the airboat ride, you and up to 16 other passengers will glide through the tall grass in search of eagles, alligators, raccoons and more. In addition to airboat rides, the site houses a replica of a Jororo Tribe village, as well as a gem and fossil mining activity for kids.

Tours depart throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. You can buy your tickets online, but there are no reservations for this tour. For a longer adventure, consider the company's hourlong airboat ride. There are also sunset and night tours, if you're hoping to avoid the midday heat and crowds.

Marsh Landing Adventures – 90-Minute Everglades Airboat Tour

Price: Adults from $65; kids from $60 Duration: 1.5 hours

For wildlife lovers who want more than half an hour to experience the Everglades, this 1.5-hour airboat ride from Marsh Landing Adventures is an excellent experience. Located in Kissimmee on Lake Tohopekaliga, Marsh Landing Adventures promises travelers an in-depth look at the headwaters of the Everglades and the plants and animals that inhabit its waters. What's more, the company says it can reach areas of the Everglades that are inaccessible to larger boats because of its small crafts. Travelers give kudos to the boat captain for their educational and entertaining delivery. Many call the experience the highlight of their Florida vacation.

Tours are offered Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are required, and there is a 1% fuel surcharge added to each ticket. Marsh Landing Adventures also offers hourlong, two-hour and four-hour airboat rides.

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Everglades City Airboat Tours

Price: Adults from $47; kids from $31 Duration: 1 hour

Everglades City Airboat Tours sets itself apart from other companies by offering participants two-way headsets, which allow passengers and guides to better engage with one another throughout the hourlong ride. As you navigate through narrow creeks and shallow bays, you may spot alligators, manatees and birds. Tourists enjoy the ride and appreciate the headsets. Reviewers are also complimentary of the boat captains, who they describe as entertaining and knowledgeable.

Tours depart multiple times Monday through Saturday, although timing may be modified based on the season. It's a good idea to reserve your tour in advance. Everglades City Airboat Tours is located approximately 85 miles west of Miami and 35 miles southeast of Naples, Florida.

Buffalo Tiger Airboat Tours – 45-Minute Standard Airboat Tour

Price: Adults from $45; kids from $27.50 Duration: 45 minutes

For an excursion that combines cultural immersion and wildlife viewing, consider this outing from Buffalo Tiger Airboat Tours. The Miccosukee family-owned company's standard tour focuses on introducing visitors to the homelands of the Miccosukee people: an American Indian tribe that migrated to Florida before it became a state. During the tour, you'll not only see local wildlife, but also will get to see a Miccosukee Indian camp and take a nature walk. Visitors recommend the tour, describing it as an amazing experience thanks to the small, intimate group size.

Tours run daily at multiple times between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The company also offers private outings.

Everglades River of Grass Adventures – Semi-Private River of Grass Airboat Tours Everglades

Price: Adults from $85; kids from $45 Duration: 1.5 hours

One perk of this tour is that it is capped at six to eight travelers per boat. During the excursion, you'll get the chance to see the famous flora and fauna of the Everglades, including herons and alligators. Visitors say this is a family-friendly tour and call the trip "memorable" and "amazing."

These tours run seven days a week; since they're semiprivate, you must call or email to find out the best times to depart. River of Grass Adventures also offers sunset tours of the Everglades.

Other Popular Everglades Tours

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Shurr Adventures Everglades – Three Hour Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour Small Group Adventure

Price: Adults from $109; kids from $99 Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Enjoy an up-close view of animals and nature, and get some exercise in too, on this kayak tour of the Everglades' mangroves. As you paddle your way through the mangrove tunnels, you may spot orchids, birds and, of course, alligators. Kayakers say this tour is excellent and appreciate the patient, experienced guides who share a wealth of information about the plants and animals that reside in this unique ecosystem. What's more, reviewers appreciate that the tours are limited to just eight participants.

Tours are available Monday through Saturday from August to April; times vary by season. Children must be at least 7 years old to participate. Tourgoers will enjoy three to 3.5 hours out on the water but should plan to spend a total of four hours on-site from start to finish. Shurr Adventures Everglades also offers a full-day tour of the mangrove tunnels, as well as a motorboat tour in the Ten Thousand Islands region of Everglades National Park, among other options.

Shark Valley Tram Tours

Price: Adults from $31; kids from $16 Duration: 2 hours

These naturalist-led excursions not only include a tour around Everglades National Park in an open-air tram, they also give tourgoers the chance to explore on foot. Halfway through the tour, participants can climb a 45-foot-tall observation deck to see sweeping views of the surrounding vegetation. During the two-hour tour, travelers also have the opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife. Tourgoers enjoy learning about the Everglades from the expert guides and say riding the tram is part of the fun. Many also recommended taking a morning tour to avoid the midday heat.

From mid-December through late April, tours depart on the hour daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. From May through mid-December, tours depart at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. Shark Valley Tram Tours also offers self-guided bike tours. (Note that you'll have to pay a separate fee to enter Everglades National Park for any tour.)

Everglades Florida Adventures – Ten Thousand Islands Tour

Price: Adults from $59; kids from $29 Duration: 3 hours

If you're hoping to see the Everglades by boat, but want something a little quieter than an airboat ride, consider this cruise. Departing from Port of the Islands Marina in Naples, this 45-foot passenger catamaran glides across the Faka Union Canal while guides share information about the history and ecology of the area. Tourgoers report spotting lots of birds, turtles, dolphins and manatees. They also call out the insightful crew and clean, comfortable boat as highlights.

Cruises are offered Monday to Friday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Everglades Florida Adventures also offers kayak and canoe rentals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Like any other form of transportation, riding an airboat may come with some risks. To stay safe on your Everglades airboat tour, be sure to choose a company run by experienced, professional boaters (most of which undergo special training and are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard) and adhere to all rules set forth by your guide. Parents should keep a close eye on children and be sure they are properly fitted for their life jackets, and all passengers should protect against the heat by wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated. Commercial airboats typically do not exceed speeds of 30 to 40 mph to ensure a safe, smooth ride, and most operators will reschedule your tour in the event of lightning or other inclement weather. Tour companies will also generally provide riders with proper ear protection, as the boats are quite loud.

Typically, passengers will feel the most comfortable in lightweight, sleeveless clothing and shorts while on an Everglades airboat tour. If you are taking a wintertime tour, keep an eye on the weather – pants and long sleeves may be a better option, but you likely won't need a heavy jacket. Be sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen and water to protect yourself from the effects of the sun; you may also want a hat to provide further shade and keep hair in place. Passengers with long hair are advised to wear it in a ponytail or bun to keep it from becoming knotted in the wind. Tourgoers may also wish to apply some bug spray prior to embarking on their adventure.

Airboat tours last about an hour, though duration will depend on the tour company.

An airboat's top speed is about 30 mph.

Not normally, but you run a small risk of getting misted with water. If you take a tour when it is raining, expect to get wet.

In winter, you'll want to time your visit for midday, when it warms up. In summer, you'll want to visit in the morning or later afternoon when it's coolest. Visiting at these times can increase your chances of seeing wildlife, but you'll likely see all kinds of critters no matter when you visit year-round.

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Everything you need to know about Everglades National Park

Plan your trip to the southern tip of Florida to visit the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

Why you should go to Everglades National Park

Sprawling between South Florida’s Lake Okeechobee and the Gulf of Mexico, the Everglades is one of the world’s largest tropical wetlands. About 20 percent of the region is protected within the confines of Everglades National Park , the third largest national park after Death Valley and Yellowstone in the lower 48 states. While the park’s main purpose is preserving wilderness, Everglades also provides plenty of scope for outdoor adventure.

Although technically a wetland , perhaps it’s best to think of the Everglades as the nation’s slowest, widest river—a constant stream of freshwater roughly 60 miles wide, moving at a speed of around 2.5 miles per day as it makes its way south to Florida Bay. The Seminole people called the region Okeechobee (“river of grass”). And while a large part of the Everglades is covered in razor-sharp sawgrass, the region also encompasses mangroves , tropical hardwood hammocks (island forests), pine and cypress forests, freshwater prairie, and various marine and estuarine habitats.

(This ambitious new trail will someday connect South Florida’s two national parks.)

“A visitor with an untrained eye—especially one used to the dramatic vistas of some western national parks—might arrive at Everglades National Park and think ‘What's the big deal?’” says Eve Samples, executive director of Friends of the Everglades. “It's a park that requires you to really train your eye and be mindful and be present. When you do that, you can experience some really incredible and subtle nature.”

Where to find the best views in the park

With elevation ranging between sea level and eight feet, it’s not easy to snatch a lofty view of the park anywhere other than the 70-foot-high Shark Valley Observation Tower . Opened in 1984, the futuristic spiral renders views of up to 20 miles across the Everglades.

Fourteen miles west of Coe Visitor Center along the Main Park Road, the Pa-Hay-Okee boardwalk and elevated shade shelter provides another wide view across the river of grass.

One of the best coastal views is from the second-floor breezeway of the Guy Bradley Visitor Center in Flamingo.

Where to find the park’s best trails

Located near Coe Visitor Center, the Gumbo Limbo Trail (0.4 mile) and Anhinga Trail (0.8 mile) meander through Royal Palm hammock, while the 22-mile Long Pine Key Trails   penetrate the park’s largest stand of native pines.

Cypress trees in Everglades National Park

Dead flat and paved, the 15-mile Shark Valley Trail varies between sawgrass marsh and tropical hardwood hammocks. Despite the name, there aren’t any sharks, just snoozing gators to step around (at a safe distance, of course).

Where to spot wildlife

Flamingo village is surprisingly good for wildlife. Osprey hatch and raise their young on nesting towers beside the marina, while manatees and American crocodile are sometimes spotted in the bay and nearby mangrove channels.

Alligators   routinely emerge from the swamp and sun themselves on or beside the Shark Valley Trail . It’s also a primo bird habitat for creepy-looking wood storks, gorgeous roseate spoonbills, and anhinga “snakebirds.”

Other places to watch gators and birdlife are the Anhinga Trail and Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk   in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park adjacent to the national park.

(Go on a wildlife odyssey through the Everglades and Key West.)

How to visit the park like a Nat Geo Explorer

National Geographic Young Explorer and conservation biologist Gabriela Tejeda has guided visitors along the park’s Florida Bay coast in boats, kayaks, and on paddleboards.

Her favorite way to explore inland areas is "slough slogging." It entails hiking in knee-to-waist-high water through sawgrass to reach secluded hardwood hammocks   or cypress domes —flora and fauna rich arboreal islands in the sawgrass.

Close up of a gator tail in the high grasses of Everglades National Park, Florida.

When viewed from above, the domes form a rough circle around a pond. “What I didn’t know the first time I explored a dome,” Tejeda recalls, “is that the water in the middle is an ‘alligator hole’—a place where they hang out in the winter when the rest of the Everglades is drying out.”

“[The cypress domes] are unlike anything I had ever seen,” Tejeda continues. “I like to equate them to a fairy tale—a little fairy dome where you just feel like there’s going to be something magical flying around.” No fairy sightings so far. “But I always see owls and alligators and snakes.”

She highly recommends joining a ranger-led slough slog to Double Dome or other cypress domes along the Main Park Road.

Notable activities and excursions

Driving:   The Main Park Road runs through a variety of Everglades ecosystems—freshwater prairie, cypress forest, mangrove, and coastal marsh — on a 38-mile journey between the Coe Visitor Center and Flamingo . Along the way are sideroads to the Royal Palm trails, Historic Nike Missile Site , the   Mahogany Hammock boardwalk trail, and West Lake Boardwalk .

Tours:   Shark Valley offers two-hour narrated tram tours that stop at the Shark Valley Observation Tower. January through April, rangers lead Full Moon/New Moon Bike Rides and other activities.

Narrated boat tours depart from Flamingo and Everglades City . The latter is also homebase for private outfitters offering airboat tours, including Everglades City Airboat Tours. History buffs should visit the town’s small but interesting Museum of the Everglades .

Paddling:   Flamingo and Everglades City bookend the Everglades’ ultimate kayak/canoe experience —the Wilderness Waterway —a 99-mile meander through mangroves and marshes with raised platform “chickee hut” campsites along the way. Everglades City is also the starting point for self-guided paddles along the Turner River Canoe Trails .

Best things to do for families

Bikes & boats:   If keeping kids active is your mission, rent bikes and dodge snoozing alligators along the Shark Valley Tram Trail or explore Florida Bay and the mangroves by boat. Flamingo Adventures   offers canoe and kayak rentals in two-hour increments, as well as full-day pontoon boat rentals.

Tours:   Hop aboard a narrated boat tour of Florida Bay (from Flamingo Marina) or the Ten Thousand Islands (from Port Everglades); or feel the wind in your face during an adrenaline-pumping airboat ride from outfitters around the periphery of the park.

Junior Rangers:   Offered in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole, the park’s Junior Ranger Booklet features hands-on and self-guided activities including a scavenger hunt to spot wild animals that call the park home.

The park also participates in the Every Kid Outdoors program that provides vouchers for fourth graders and their families in the U.S. to visit the Everglades (and other national parks) free of charge for an entire year.

Where to stay

Hotels: Destroyed by a hurricane in 2005, Flaming Lodge is open again with new waterview rooms. Outside the park, the closest hotels are in Homestead and Doral (on the eastern edge of the park) and Everglades City, Marco Island, and Naples (beyond the western edge).

Houseboats: Modern, six-person, 42-foot houseboats at Flamingo Marina are equipped with a bathroom (and with shower), an indoor galley, outside grill, air conditioning, bedding, and fish-cutting tables.

Camping: Long Pine Key Campground is open November 1 to April 30. Flamingo Campground is open year-round. Both feature bath houses, dump stations, and potable water. Reservations highly recommended. For camping with the comforts of home, Winter Glamping Tents are available November-April in Flamingo.

Wilderness camping is allowed on certain ground or beach sites or “chickees” (elevated camping platforms). Most sites are accessible only by water and all require wilderness permits. Reservations at Recreation.gov .

Here’s what else you need to know

Access: Although the entire coast is open to exploration via watercraft, land-bound visitors have three options for entering the park: Everglades Homestead in the east, Shark Valley in the north, and Gulf Coast in the northwest.

When to visit:   The dry season (December to March) is when most ranger programs and park concessions are available. This is also the best time to see wading birds and other wildlife. The wet season (April to November) is hot, humid, buggy, and has fewer park services.

“Many people prefer the winter for the terrific weather,” says ranger Allyson Gantt. “But each season offers something special. The shoulder seasons of fall and spring are less busy and may offer more solitude. Summer is especially great for boating and other water activities.”

Closures: A multi-year construction project to raise the level of the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) often features delays. Shark Valley parking is often full by 10 a.m. Check out the latest road, trail, and parking lot conditions, plus weather and prescribed burning alerts at the park’s   conditions page.  

Fishing: Unless you’re under 16 or a Florida resident 65 or older, a state fishing license is required. Anglers casting south of Nine Mile Pond need a saltwater fishing license; from Nine Mile Pond northwards, a freshwater fishing license is mandatory.

Swimming: Swimming and snorkeling are forbidden anywhere inside the park.

Remote control aircraft: Drones, model airplanes, and similar unmanned aircraft are not allowed in the park.

Read before you go:   Originally published in 1947, the definitive Everglades book remains The Everglades: River of Grass ,   by Florida writer and conservationist Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Are pets allowed?  

Because of the park’s wildlife-rich environment—and the potential threat that it poses to both pets and wild animals—pets and service animals are only allowed in parking lots, on boats, and in the campgrounds and picnic areas at Flamingo and Long Pine Key.

How accessible is Everglades?

Among the accessible sites and services are seven trails, all four visitors centers, two developed campgrounds and one backcountry campsite, narrated boat tours, and the Shark Valley Tram Tour. Visitor information via TDD is available at (305) 242-7740.

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Experience areas of the Everglades that are only accessible by kayak. Glide through this delicate ecosystem at your own pace on one of our private guided Kayak Tours In The Everglades. Come explore the Mangrove Tunnels , grass prairies, and the Great Cypress Forest of the Big Cypress National Preserve and Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve .  These are the absolute BEST routes in the Everglades with no motorboat traffic, urban sprawl or development….True Nature!

Bring your camera because alligators, turtles, osprey, river otters, bald eagles and a variety of wading birds call this area of the Everglades home. It’s a calm, leisurely paddle in shallow waters that’s great for both first time and experienced kayakers alike. Our goal is to encounter the most wildlife possible so early morning and just before sunset are the best times to go. However, all of our Everglades Kayak Tours are Private so we can be flexible and start at a time that’s most convenient for you.

We supply cold bottled water, fresh fruit, dry boxes to protect your belongings, and insect repellant.  All our kayak tours are led by local guides that conduct tours HERE all year round.  Our Native & Old Town kayaks are strong, sturdy, and very comfortable. You can go in a tandem or single kayak, whichever you prefer (at no extra cost) .  We are one of only five tour operators permitted to kayak Turner River in The Big Cypress Preserve.  We also have a kayak route in a very special section of the Fakahatchee Preserve where only a small number of guests are permitted each day.

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Sunrise kayak tour.

We call the “The First On The River Tour” because you will be! We’ll meet pre-sunrise and be on the water as the Everglades Awakens.  This is the BEST time for wildlife and we also beat the other big tour groups in and out!

Mangrove Kayak Tour

The Everglades is also home the the largest uninhabited mangrove forest in the world!  We explore this unique ecosystem through the natural tunnel systems connecting the upland areas of the Everglades to the Gulf of Mexico.

Full Moon & Night Kayak Tours

This is a tour you’ll want to book well in advance. We set out just at sunset and paddle into the twilight to watch the full moon rise.  Headlamps are provided as we paddle back in the darkness!  We only do private tours so once the full moon is booked we are full.

   Full Day Kayak Tour

You’ll travel the ancient route used by the Calusa and Seminole Indians to travel from the upland areas of the Everglades to the rich estuaries in the bay.  This is a big day and not recommended for a first time kayak adventure.

Kayak Combo Tour

If you can get an early start you can easily combine a morning Kayak Tour with a Motorboat Tour, Hiking, Swampbuggy Tour or even an Airboat Ride.  Between your tours you can have a nice lunch in Everglades City or even bring a picnic lunch with you!

Sunset Kayak Tour

Watching the sunset is a great way to end any day!  We operate year round but the prime time for the Sunset Kayak Tour is Oct-May. Outside of that we can always attempt as long as the weather cooperates.  Another option is to see the sunset from the 10,000 islands on our Motorboat Tour.

A Day In The Everglades

Many of our guests combine a Motorboat Tour of the 10,000 Islands with their Kayak Tour and make it a full day in the Everglades…Alligators to Dolphins!  You can also combine your kayak tour with a Swampbuggy Tour in the upland areas of The Big Cypress or even a Hiking Tour into subtropical wilderness of The Fakahatchee Strand.  There are a few great, family owned restaurants and other Things To Do in Everglades City & Chokoloskee Island that you should check out as well.

Everglades  City is the perfect basecamp for all of our tours and other exploring.  It is considered The Capital City of the Everglades and is completely surrounded by the Top 4 parks / preserves.  Everglades National Park, Big Cypress Preserve, Fakahatchee Strand and The 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge all meet here.  While staying in Everglades City you can easily visit all these Parks as well as Collier-Seminole State Park and The Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (30min).

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Those who associate wide-open wilderness areas with the Western United States likely haven’t been to Everglades National Park. The Florida park stretches across 1.5 million acres and protects the largest designated wilderness area east of the Rocky Mountains. In the Everglades, alligators and crocodiles coexist (and are seen regularly), and the flora and fauna are so robust that this national park was the first set aside purely for its biodiversity.

“Everglades is not only a national park, but also a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty,” explained Allyson Gantt, chief of communications and public affairs for Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, in an interview with Travel + Leisure . "I love sharing the complexities and beauty of this park with visitors.”

Meet the Expert

Allyson Gantt has been a National Park Service ranger for over 25 years, currently serving as the chief of communications and public affairs for Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park.

Gantt knows first-hand what makes Everglades National Park a special place — along with the ins and outs of what first-timers should know and what not to miss.

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Planning Your Visit 

Everglades National Park is massive, so Gantt says it is vital to show up with a plan for what you will do and see. “Because of the geographic spread of the park, visitors may want to focus on one area if they only have a few hours or one day.”

The park is open year-round but offers two very different experiences based on when you visit. The dry season (December to April) is busier, with better weather, more wildlife, and fewer mosquitos, while the wet season (May to November) is quieter. Visitors can buy a park pass in person at the Homestead or Shark Valley entrances to the park or at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center at the Everglades City entrance. If you’re visiting during the busy dry season, especially on a weekend, buy your park pass online through Recreation.gov to avoid waiting in long lines at the entrance gate. A pass for a single vehicle or vessel is $35 and is valid for seven days. 

Even if you do buy a park pass in advance, the Homestead and Shark Valley entrances are notoriously congested with limited parking during the busy winter season. The park website says , “It is recommended to visit these areas on weekdays, arrive early in the day (before 10 a.m.), and carpool to the park if possible.”

Due to its size, Everglades National Park has three entrances in three different cities. A car is a must because the park has no public transportation and the three entrances are at least an hour from each other.

The southern section of the park is best accessed from the Homestead entrance, which is the park’s primary entrance. The Homestead entrance is outside Homestead, Florida and has the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center and the Guy Bradley Visitor Center (at Flamingo). Homestead also provides access to the neighboring Royal Palm State Park . 

The northern section of the park is best accessed from the Miami or Everglades City entrances. The closest entrance to Miami is Shark Valley, which has the Shark Valley Visitor Center. The entrance closest to Naples is the Everglades City entrance, which has the Gulf Coast Visitor Center.

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As we mentioned, there are two very distinct seasons in Everglades National Park: dry season and wet season. If you come between December and April, you’ll experience the dry season, which comes with cooler temperatures and fewer mosquitos. The dry season’s preferable climate aligns with the park’s busy season — and it's also when most of the wading birds (and their predators) can be seen.

The wet season in the Everglades typically runs from May to November, and it's rainy with lots of mosquitoes. The weather and bugs that come along with South Florida summers lead to fewer visitors — which can be a major plus.

“The wetter summer season offers incredible cloud formations and calmer waters for boating and fishing,” Gantt adds. “The shoulder seasons, especially November/early December and late April into May, can be less busy times to visit, but still have plenty of opportunities to enjoy all the park has to offer.”

It’s impossible to feel bored during a visit to Everglades National Park. The expansive park has more than its fair share of interesting ecosystems and wildlife. There are marine and estuary topographies, cypresses and mangroves. There’s a lot to see and do, but for a first-time visitor, Gantt has a few specific recommendations.

Drive the Homestead Entrance Road and hike.

“The Homestead entrance has a 38-mile road with multiple stops with short trails through a variety of the park habitats,” said Gantt, who notes that this is a good way to get acquainted with the southern section of the park.

She specifically recommended the Anhinga Trail , a short route that is wheelchair accessible and starts from the Royal Palm Visitor Center. Alligators, turtles, herons, and egrets are often seen along this trail.

Join a tram tour for wildlife sightings.

Near the Shark Valley entrance is a paved 15-mile loop that goes along the Shark River Slough, where alligators, turtles, and many bird species are often found. The trail is great for walking, but if you want to do the full 15 miles, your best bet is to rent a bike or hop on the tram — both of which are available through Shark Valley Tram Tours . There’s also an observation tower in the Shark Valley area with a viewing deck that overlooks alligators, turtles, fish, and birds. 

Gantt notes that at this part of the park, “Visitation is higher and parking can be challenging on busy weekends and holidays.” 

Take an airboat tour.

There are three airboat companies that operate in the park, and Gantt says cruising through the Everglades on a flat-bottomed boat is a must during your visit. The three operators with permission to operate in the park are Coopertown, Everglades Safari Park, and Gator Park.

Visit the mangroves and Florida Bay.

From the Homestead entrance you can get to the Flamingo area, which is considered the gateway to Florida Bay. The bay and the mangrove-lined waterways that feed into it are home to much of the park’s marine life. 

“At Flamingo, we offer narrated boat tours through the mangroves and also on the open water of Florida Bay. There are several great trails in the area for paddling as well as the open area of Florida Bay. Manatees, crocodiles, and osprey are frequently seen around the marina,” said Gantt. 

Beyond the marina, which has a small store and a gas station, the Flamingo area of the park has a campground and kayak, canoe, and bicycle rentals (through Flamingo Adventures ).

Cruise through the Ten Thousand Islands along the Gulf.

If you want to play along the watery landscape of the Gulf Coast, head to the Everglades City entrance near Naples. This area is the gateway for expeditions to the Ten Thousand Islands, a maze of mangrove islands that are only accessible by boat. The Gulf Coast Visitor Center was destroyed by a hurricane in 2017 and is being rebuilt, but you can still book a boat tour to the Ten Thousand Islands with Everglades National Park Adventures . The two-hour tour takes place on a 49-passenger pontoon boat with a trained guide and occasionally an Everglades park ranger. 

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The Everglades is essentially a giant wetland that consists of sawgrass marshes, pine flatwoods, and coastal mangroves. The boggy wilderness is both beautiful and daunting, especially when you consider that it’s home to a huge number of animals, including the Florida panther, the West Indian manatee, and the endangered leatherback turtle. 

But no creatures are as synonymous with the Everglades as the alligators and crocodiles. Gantt notes that “South Florida is the only place in the world where [alligators and crocodiles] coexist thanks to the combination of freshwater and saltwater areas.”

Beyond frequent sightings of the large reptiles, Gantt says the park has a huge number of birds, and it's “on the migratory path for a number of species, thus offering fantastic birding opportunities, especially in the winter.”

Animals aside, Everglades National Park has a large number of plants, trees, and landscapes, from coastal mangroves to hardwood forests. Remember, the park was originally protected because of its biodiversity, which is its biggest draw.

Flamingo Lodge

There is only one hotel within Everglades National Park, and it just opened in late 2023. The Flamingo Lodge is located at the southernmost tip of the Florida peninsula and can be reached via the Homestead entrance. The lodge has 24 rooms including eight two-bedroom suites that can accommodate up to six people. The highlight of each room is the east-facing balcony that provides sunrise and sunset views over Florida Bay.

Flamingo Glamping Tents and Houseboats

Beyond the new Flamingo Lodge, the Flamingo area of the park has two “glamping” options — one on land and one on water. Visitors can rent one of the safari-style glamping tents , which have a fan and electricity. You will need to bring your own sleeping pad and bag.

For a unique lodging option, book one of the 42-foot houseboats , which have kitchens, bathrooms, linens, and air conditioning. The houseboats can sleep up to six people and can be taken out on the water. 

Related: Best Places to Go Glamping in Florida

Long Pine Key and Flamingo Campgrounds

The only other in-park lodging options are the Long Pine Key and Flamingo campgrounds . Both campgrounds have RV and tent sites and can be driven to. The Long Pine Key Campground is the most accessible and is located near the Homestead entrance, while the Flamingo Campground is set deeper inside the park in the Flamingo area. Both campgrounds offer great stargazing and easy access to the Flamingo Marina, a popular launch site for fishing trips. 

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The new Flamingo Restaurant is adjacent to the Flamingo Lodge and is the only full-service restaurant in the park. 

“The new Flamingo Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a full-service bar,” said Gantt. “Anglers heading out on the water with a licensed fishing guide can also try the restaurant's Cook Your Catch offering, bringing back their fresh fish to be prepared by the restaurant.”

There are plenty of dining options in cities surrounding the park — Miami, Naples, and Homestead — but most visitors bring their own food and drinks into the park. There are picnic tables at Long Pine Key and Flamingo campgrounds.

For grab-and-go snacks and drinks, Gantt says you can find a limited selection at the park’s visitor centers (Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, Royal Palm Visitor Center, and Shark Valley Visitor Center) and at the Flamingo marina shop.

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“There is something about flying down narrow alleys of mangrove trees that is just a rush. I could never get tired of it. The guides always give more than just a ride. You learn so much about the Everglades and the total ecosystem that it is. We most certainly will be back!

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The legendary River of Grass is one of the wonders of the world, a vast subtropical wilderness that has been declared a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and Wetland of International Importance. There are many ways to experience the Florida Everglades National Park – here are nine entry points.

Corkscrew Swamp: Land of Giants

Deep in the heart of  Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary , in the largest stand of old-growth cypress trees on the planet, living giants tower over the primeval landscape. Some of the trees measure more than 135 in height and nearly 40 feet in circumference. A 2.1-mile-long boardwalk leads into the Corkscrew wilderness.

 A boardwalk leads into Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, which occupies around 13,000 acres in the western Everglades.

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Big Cypress: Brake for Alligators

Along the Tamiami Trail in the 720,000-acre wilderness of  Big Cypress National Preserve , alligators line the canal banks like scaly, cold-blooded Lincoln logs. The reptiles reign in the swamp, particularly along the 25-mile Loop Road that leads off the main highway into the deep Everglades.

If you don’t see an alligator during an Everglades visit, especially when traveling through Big Cypress National Preserve, you’re doing something wrong.

Step Into the Mystery of Fakahatchee Strand

Venture into  Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park  and you could see an elusive Florida panther, or a black bear, or the famous ghost orchid, which was featured in Susan Orlean’s best-selling book “The Orchid Thief” (which was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Nicholas Cage).

Fakahatchee Strand is a wild and beautiful 7,000-acre preserve in the western Everglades.

Go Rolling Down the Gator Trail

Shark Valley Visitor Center  is located 25 miles west of Miami and 70 miles east of Naples. The 15-mile Tram Loop is closed to motorized traffic except for the regular tram tours; many visitors choose to bike the trail, stopping halfway to take in the view from the observation tower.

Take the tram on the 15-mile Shark Valley loop in the Everglades if you want to get close, but not too close, to a lot of alligators.

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Store Stocked with Tales of Florida Frontier

Stepping through the doorway of the  Smallwood Store  on the island of Chokoloskee is like stepping back in time. Opened in 1906 by Florida pioneer Ted Smallwood, the wooden building on pilings is more museum than retail establishment now, with a trove of stories and artifacts from bygone days.

The Smallwood Store was a frontier outpost for Gladesmen, Seminole Indians and other Everglades denizens.

Eat Your Fill, Sit a Spell at Joanie’s

Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe  isn’t fancy, but it serves up heaping helpings of old-fashioned Old Florida character with every plate of fresh seafood. Proprietor Joanie Griffin, who practically grew up in the Everglades fishing and hunting with her late husband, presides with downhome charm and hospitality.

V isit the Disney World of Tropical Fruit

At  Robert Is Here , browse the aisles for exotic produce – dragonfruit, lychee, sapodilla,  Monstera deliciosa  – as well as more familiar fare, like tomatoes cucumbers, bananas, mangoes and more. Owner (and namesake) Robert Moehler, a big, friendly man who will talk your ear off, grows most of what he sells.

Robert Moehling’s fruit stand near Everglades National Park’s main entrance has been feeding visitors and passersby since 1959.

Go deep for everglades chickee camping.

Canoe into Hell’s Bay in the southern tip of the Florida Everglades for a backcountry chickee camping adventure . Chickees, traditional Seminole or Miccosukee structures using palm or palmetto thatching on a log frame with a raised floor, are open on all sides to allow breezes to flow through. Chickees make roughing it not so rough for wilderness camping novices.

The rising sun outlines campers on the Pearl Bay Chickee and illuminates the beauty of Hell’s Bay.

Sawgrass Recreation Park

Discover the South Florida Everglades with an airboat adventure that glides over the sawgrass and cattails and lets your spirit soar as you hear stories of this only-in-Florida environment. Hold an alligator and see a Florida Panther in the animal exhibit areas, featuring more than 100 mammals and reptiles that have been adopted and rescued.  ​

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AN IN-DEPTH EVERGLADES VACATION GUIDE TO PLANNING AN EVERGLADES TRIP – UPDATED 2023

AERIAL VIEW OF AN EVERGLADES BOAT TRIP | COURTESY OF  CANVA

How to plan the ultimate everglades trip.

In this Everglades travel guide, you’ll learn everything to do and places to see when you visit the Everglades.

We’ll share FAQs, “must-see” attractions, pro-Everglades travel tips, Everglades boat trip recommendations, and advice on what most travelers want most when planning a trip to the Everglades.

Not sure what to pack for an Everglades vacation? You’ll find that in here too!

EVERGLADES TRIP GUIDE OUTLINE

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get There
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • What to Pack
  • Tips & Things to Know
  • Everglades Resources

THE EVERGLADES | COURTESY OF  CANVA

Overview of the national park, the florida everglades.

The Everglades stands as a natural marvel in southern Florida. This vast, subtropical wilderness spans approximately 1.5 million acres, renowned for its shallow waters, sawgrass marshes, and diverse ecosystems. It’s a habitat teeming with unique wildlife, including endangered species like the Florida panther and American alligator. The Everglades is not just a national park, but a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EVERGLADES

What are the everglades.

The Everglades, often referred to as the “River of Grass,” is a unique and vast wetland ecosystem in southern Florida. It’s characterized by its shallow, slow-moving water and rich biodiversity.

WHY ARE THE EVERGLADES SO IMPORTANT? 

The Everglades is crucial for several reasons:

  • Biodiversity: It’s home to a plethora of wildlife, including numerous rare and endangered species like the American alligator, the Florida panther, and the manatee.
  • Environmental Impact: It plays a vital role in supporting the ecological health of surrounding areas, including important marine ecosystems.
  • Water Purification: The Everglades acts as a natural water filtration system, purifying the water that flows through it.
  • Cultural and Historical Significance: It holds immense cultural and historical value for the Indigenous peoples and the entire state of Florida.
  • Climate Impact: As a significant carbon sink, the Everglades also plays a role in climate regulation.

WHERE ARE THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES? 

The Florida Everglades is located in the southern tip of Florida, extending from Lake Okeechobee southward to Florida Bay.

HOW BIG IS THE EVERGLADES? 

The Everglades covers approximately 1.5 million acres, making it one of the largest wetlands in the world. 

WHY IS IT CALLED THE EVERGLADES?

The term “Everglades” is believed to be derived from the region’s seemingly endless expanse of grassy marshes, giving the appearance of a vast, eternal glade.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES

  • What is the Problem with the Everglades?
  • Who Lives in the Everglades? – Learn About the Natives
  • How to Survive in the Everglades: A Safety Guide

REASONS TO VISIT THE EVERGLADES

Why the everglades are a must-visit destination.

Visiting the Everglades is more than just a trip; it’s an immersion into one of the world’s most unique natural environments. It offers unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing, outdoor adventures, and understanding the delicate balance of this vast ecosystem. 

The Florida Everglades offers a multitude of unique experiences and attractions, making it a fascinating destination for all travelers to experience a rare blend of ecological wonders and adventurous exploration. Here are some reasons why someone might want to visit the Everglades:

  • Wildlife Viewing: Home to an array of wildlife, including the  American alligator , manatees,  panthers , and a diverse bird and  fish population .
  • Unique Ecosystem: Experience one of the most unique ecosystems in the world, with its vast wetlands and marshes.
  • Adventure Activities: Engage in outdoor activities, like an   Everglades boat trip , kayaking, and  hiking .
  • Photography: Ideal for nature photography with its stunning landscapes and diverse  wildlife .
  • Educational Opportunities: Learn about the ecosystem, conservation efforts, and the area’s natural history.
  • Bird Watching: A paradise for bird enthusiasts, with numerous species found in the area.
  • Fishing: Offers excellent  fishing opportunities  in its  freshwater  and saltwater areas.
  • Cultural Significance: Understand the cultural and historical  importance of the Everglades , particularly to the  Native American tribes .
  • Peace and Solitude: Ideal for those seeking a tranquil environment for a walk or  bike ride  away from city life.
  • Conservation and Environmental Interest: An Everglades trip is great for those interested in environmental science and conservation efforts.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO ON AN EVERGLADES VACATION

Top 5 things to see and do when you visit the everglades.

Everglades boat trip Tourists on an airboat ride with the American flag waving

EVERGLADES AIRBOAT TOURS

1.  take an airboat ride.

The Most Thrilling Adventure on any Everglades Trip

The most undeniable must-do on any Everglades vacation is to take an Everglades boat trip. An airboat ride in the Everglades offers an exhilarating way to explore the national park’s beautiful wetlands. Speed across the unique landscape of the Everglades on an airboat , experiencing the vibrant ecosystem up close and spotting wildlife in their natural habitat. Unlike conventional boats, Everglades boats glide over water and marsh, providing access to unreachable areas.

PRO EVERGLADES BOAT TRIP ADVICE:

Opt into a private everglades boat trip if traveling in a group or as a family. .

Private Airboat Tours  are great for celebrating a special event or if you have the extra budget. These exclusive Everglades boat trips will allow you more time to explore, and your guide may take you to areas you could not have seen on a shared airboat ride. 

If you are traveling in a group or with family, electing a  Private Group Airboat Tour  could not only save on individual tickets but also grant more time to get up close with wildlife and extended exploration. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT AIRBOATS

  • Fun Facts about Airboat Rides
  • Are Airboat Tours Safe?

man holding alligator on shoulders during a live alligator show at our miami gator park

GATOR BOYS ALLIGATOR SHOW

2.  watch a live alligator show.

See the Most Famous Everglades Animal Up Close at Our Gator Park

Witness the fascinating world of the Everglades’ most loved species, the  American Alligator . Participate in an engaging and educational show, where you can learn about these incredible creatures from experts, like  Animal Planet’s Famous ‘Gator Boys’ . 

LEARN MORE ABOUT ALLIGATORS

  • About the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue
  • Meet Seven – Our Most Loved and Famous Alligator
  • How Do You Wrestle an American Alligator?

bass fishing in the everglades is common on an everglades boat trip

EVERGLADES FISHING CHARTER

3. go fishing in the everglades.

Take an Everglades boat trip for fantastic fishing opportunities, and it is a unique experience for fishing enthusiasts. Rent a boat in the Everglades and enjoy the serene environment while fishing for local species. 

ALREADY HAVE A BOAT? OR JUST WANT TO USE YOUR FISHING POLL?

Boat owners can launch their boats at the  Flamingo Marina  located within Everglades National Park. If you are looking for a quick, low-maintenance day to fish in the Everglades, you can opt out of an Everglades boat trip by taking your poll and enjoying some of the ponds within the park, such as Sisal Pond, for freshwater fishing. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT FISH IN THE EVERGLADES

  • Alligator Gar
  • Crappie Fish
  • Largemouth Bass

THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES | COURTESY OF  CANVA

4. hike in the everglades.

Hiking in the Everglades is an adventure like no other, allowing you to connect with nature at a pace that lets you absorb its wonders. Trails like the  Anhinga Trail  are perfect for spotting a variety of wildlife, especially birds, in their natural habitat. For those seeking a more secluded experience, the  Gumbo Limbo Trail  provides a shaded, tranquil walk through a hardwood hammock. Each trail in the Everglades offers its own unique set of sights and sounds, making hiking here a must-do for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Remember to bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent to enhance your hiking experience.

PRO EVERGLADES VACATION TIP:

Remember to bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent to enhance your hiking experience..

Everglades vacation goers enjoy holding a baby alligator on an animal encounter during an everglades visit

BABY ALLIGATOR ENCOUNTER | COURTESY OF  EVERGLADES HOLIDAY PARK

5. see and meet the animals in the everglades.

Engage in an animal encounter for a closer look at the wildlife of the Everglades, including a variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals. You can even  hold a baby alligator !

LEARN MORE ABOUT EVERGLADES ANIMALS

  • Everglades Fox
  • Florida Panther
  • Skunks in the Everglades

OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND DO ON AN EVERGLADES TRIP

Florida everglades observatory tower view | courtesy of  canva, go bike riding in the everglades.

Biking in the Everglades opens up a unique and exhilarating perspective of this expansive natural habitat. The Shark Valley Tram Road is a popular choice, offering a 15-mile loop that is ideal for cyclists of all levels. As you pedal through, keep an eye out for alligators basking in the sun, a variety of bird species, and lush vegetation. The flat terrain makes for an easy ride, allowing you to focus on the beauty surrounding you.

START YOUR RIDE EARLY IN THE MORNING TO ENJOY COOLER TEMPERATURES AND MORE ACTIVE WILDLIFE.

Canoe rentals in the florida everglades | courtesy of  canva, rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard.

For a tranquil and intimate experience with nature, rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and embark on a water adventure on the  Everglades Paddling Trail . 

PRO EVERGLADES TRIP RECOMMENDATION:

Experienced paddlers should explore the everglades wilderness waterway. .

We highly recommend the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway for experienced paddlers. This challenging route, connecting Flamingo and Everglades City, weaves through a complex maze of mangrove-lined creeks and bays. The journey typically takes at least eight days and demands proficient navigation skills to avoid the frustration of getting lost in seemingly identical waterways.

Before embarking, plan thoroughly, including arranging a vehicle shuttle for one-way travel. Be mindful of shallow areas and the specific challenges of navigating ‘The Nightmare’ and Broad Creek, which are only passable at high tide. Boats over 18 feet might need to detour around certain creeks, and to protect the park’s fragile ecosystem, boats with a draft of two feet or more, including the propeller, should avoid this route to prevent prop dredging.

Amenities at specific coordinates (25.478806, -81.144427) include a canoe/kayak/small boat launch, picnic tables, scenic views ideal for photography, and vault or composting toilets, enhancing the wilderness experience.

EVERGLADES BOAT TRIP AERIAL BEACHES VIEW | COURTESY OF  CANVA

Enjoy the beach.

Clubhouse Beach  in the Everglades provides a serene escape, presenting a stark contrast to the wetland landscapes. This secluded beach is an ideal spot for sunbathing, picnicking, and enjoying the tranquil seaside ambiance. The gentle waves and panoramic views of the ocean make it a perfect setting for relaxation and contemplation.

SINCE CLUBHOUSE BEACH IS MORE REMOTE AND LESS CROWDED, PLAN AHEAD. BRING SUFFICIENT WATER, SNACKS, AND SUN PROTECTION.

Hm-69 nike missile site | courtesy of  u.s. national park service, see historic landmarks.

Each of these sites contributes to the rich tapestry of history and culture in Everglades National Park, offering those who wish to visit the Everglades a glimpse into the past and the diverse stories that have shaped this unique landscape.

  • Explore the  HM-69 Nike Missile Site , a significant Cold War-era landmark within the Everglades. 
  • Part of the Archeological Resources of Everglades National Park MPS,  Anhinga Trail  offers a close view of the park’s wildlife and ecosystems.
  • Bear Lake Mounds Archeological District   (located in Flamingo)  and  Monroe Lake Archeological Disrict  (located in Homestead)  are significant for their historical and archeological value.
  • Near Everglades City,  Cane Patch  is also part of the park’s archeological resources.
  • Situated in Cape Sable within the park, the  Mud Lake Canal  is noted for its historical importance.
  • Rookery Mound : This mound, located in Everglades City, is part of the park’s extensive archeological resources.
  • Shark River Slough Archeological District : In Homestead, this district adds to the park’s collection of archeological and historical sites.
  • Ted Smallwood Store : Situated in Chokoloskee, the store is a historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Ten Thousand Islands Archeological District : Another part of the park’s archeological resources, it’s located near Everglades City.
  • Turner River Site : This site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is found in Ochopee​

THE EXOTIC, SMALL, AND FLAVORFUL EVERGLADES TOMATO | COURTESY OF  CANVA

Try an everglades tomato.

Trying an Everglades tomato offers a unique opportunity to taste a piece of Florida’s natural heritage. This small, wild variety of tomatoes, native to the Everglades region, is more than just a culinary delight; it’s a symbol of the area’s rich biodiversity and agricultural history.

EXPERIENCE THE UNIQUE FLAVOR OF THE EVERGLADES TOMATO

  • Origins and Characteristics: The Everglades tomato is a wild variety that is indigenous to the Florida Everglades. Unlike conventional tomatoes, it is much smaller, often compared in size to a cherry tomato.
  • Robust and Flavorful: Known for its robust flavor, the Everglades tomato packs a surprisingly intense taste for its size. It has a sweet yet tangy profile, which makes it a favorite among culinary enthusiasts and locals alike.
  • Thriving in Harsh Conditions: One of the remarkable aspects of the Everglades tomato is its ability to thrive in the challenging environmental conditions of the Everglades. It is highly resistant to pests and diseases and can tolerate the region’s variable water levels and soil types.
  • Natural Growth: These tomatoes often grow wild in the Everglades, requiring little human intervention. This natural resilience makes them an excellent symbol of the adaptability of local flora.
  • Sustainable Agriculture: The cultivation of Everglades tomatoes aligns with sustainable agricultural practices, as they require fewer resources and are well-adapted to local conditions.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES WHEN YOU VISIT THE EVERGLADES

These itineraries offer a structured yet flexible approach to exploring the Everglades, catering to different interests and providing a comprehensive experience of this unique ecosystem.

EVERGLADES VISIT FOR FAMILIES:

Day 1:  Start with a family-friendly airboat tour to observe wildlife in a thrilling yet safe environment. After lunch at a local restaurant known for family-friendly cuisine, visit the Everglades Alligator Farm for educational shows and exhibits.

Day 2:  Head to Shark Valley. Opt for a tram tour for an easy and informative way to explore, or rent bicycles for a more active experience. End the day with a scenic picnic at one of the park’s designated areas, enjoying the natural beauty as a family.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

  • Discover the Everglades with Kids
  • Things to Do with Kids in the Everglades
  • Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday in the Everglades

EVERGLADES TRIP FOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS:

Day 1:  Embark on a hike on challenging trails like the Gumbo Limbo or Bear Lake Trail early in the morning. Spend the afternoon kayaking through the mangroves for an up-close experience with the park’s aquatic life.

Day 2:  Devote the day to fishing in the rich waters of the Everglades. In the evening, experience the unique atmosphere of the Everglades with a sunset airboat tour, offering chances to see nocturnal wildlife.

NATURE LOVERS EVERGLADES TRIP:

Day 1 : Begin with bird watching at the Anhinga Trail, a hotspot for diverse bird species. Dedicate the afternoon to a photography expedition, capturing the stunning landscapes and wildlife of the park.

Day 2:  Explore Big Cypress National Preserve, known for its unique flora and fauna. Engage in a guided nature walk to learn more about the ecosystem. Conclude the day with a quiet evening at one of the park’s campgrounds, stargazing and enjoying the serene environment.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ANIMALS IN THE EVERGLADES

  • Adopt an Everglades Alligator
  • Fun Facts About Alligators
  • The Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles
  • How and Where do Alligators Sleep?

KAYAKING IN THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES | COURTESY OF  CANVA

Typical cost to visit the everglades, suggested budget for an everglades vacation.

A typical vacation to the Everglades can vary widely in cost depending on the type of accommodation, activities, and dining preferences. A moderate budget might range from $150 to $300 per day.

EVERGLADES TRIP COSTS:

  • Transportation :  Factor in car rental or shuttle services to and from the park. Prices vary, but budget around $40-$80 per day for transportation.
  • Park Entrance Fees: Small entry fees per vehicle or individual may apply.

AVERAGE HOTELS COST

  • Luxury: $250-$500 per night.
  • Mid-range: $100-$250 per night.
  • Budget: $50-$100 per night.
  • Restaurants:   $20-$40 per meal.
  • Groceries for self-catering: $10-$20 per day.

SOUVENIRS, SHOPPING, & EXTRAS

  • Budget around $20-$50 for souvenirs.

SUGGESTED BUDGETS FOR BACKPACKING EVERGLADES

For backpackers, the budget can be significantly lower:

  • Accommodation: Camping fees or budget lodgings can cost $20-$50 per night.
  • Food: Self-prepared meals from groceries can keep the cost down to $10-$20 per day.
  • Activities: Many hiking trails and natural attractions are free or have minimal fees.

HOW TO MAKE EVERY DOLLAR COUNT

Everglades vacation guide: money-saving tips.

  • Book Accommodations Early: Early reservations often get better rates.
  • Travel Off-Season: Prices for hotels and tours can be lower outside peak tourist seasons.
  • Use Public Transportation or Carpool: To save on rental and parking fees.

BOOK AN  AIRBOAT TOUR WITH TRANSPORTATION  INCLUDED TO ALLEVIATE DRIVING, RENTAL COSTS, AND PARKING FEES.

  • Pack a Picnic: Save on food by preparing meals.
  • Free Attractions: Explore free trails and nature centers in the Everglades.

” RIVER OF GRASS” FLORIDA EVERGLADES | COURTESY OF  CANVA

Accommodations for every traveler, where to stay in the everglades.

  • Best Overall Hotel in the Everglades :  Flamingo Lodge

The Flamingo Lodge  (recently opened in Oct. 2023)  offers a blend of comfort and convenience, making it an ideal base for exploring the Everglades. With modern amenities and easy access to Everglades attractions, as it is the ONLY hotel located within Everglades National Park, the Flamingo Lodge is perfect for both adventure seekers and nature lovers.

  • Best Luxury Hotel in the Everglades: 

East Side:  The Guitar Hotel

The Guitar Hotel, part of the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, offers a luxurious stay with its iconic architecture, upscale amenities, and entertainment options. This 4-star hotel and casino is located 30 minutes from the Everglades eastern entrance. 

West Side:   Hilton Marco Island

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa provides a luxurious beachfront experience with top-notch facilities and services, ideal for relaxation after exploring the wilds of the Everglades. This beachfront 4-star hotel is located 40 minutes from the Everglades City Visitor Center – on the western side of the Everglades. 

  • Best Family Hotel in the Everglades:   Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Weston

Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Weston offers spacious accommodations and family-friendly amenities, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free stay for the whole family.

  • Best Budget Hotel:   Ivey House Everglades Adventure Hotel

Ivey House Everglades Adventure Hotel is a great option for budget-conscious travelers, providing comfortable accommodations at an affordable price, along with convenient access to the Everglades.

  • Closest Hotel to the Everglades:   Hampton In n Fort Lauderdale

Hampton Inn Fort Lauderdale offers proximity and convenience for visitors looking to maximize their time in the Everglades, while still having a comfortable stay during their vacation. 

  • Best Authentic Experience:   AirBnB Chokoloskee / Everglades City

For those seeking a more immersive experience in a local setting, consider an AirBnB in Chokoloskee / Everglades City, where you can enjoy a stay that’s as close to nature as it gets.

  • Best Versatile Resort:   Everglades Isle

Everglades Isle – Motorcoach Resort, Marina, & Villas offers a unique stay with options for motorcoach parking, marina access, and luxurious villas, catering to a range of preferences and needs.

SUNSET IN THE EVERGLADES | COURTESY OF  CANVA

Travel options when you visit the everglades, how to get to the everglades.

There are various options to get to the Everglades, depending on your starting point and the park areas you wish to explore. The park is conveniently located near several major Florida cities and is easily accessible for both domestic and international visitors. Whether you’re arriving by air, land, or sea, the Everglades’ proximity to multiple transport hubs makes planning your journey relatively straightforward. Each mode of transport offers its own unique advantages, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your travel style and itinerary.

AIR TRAVEL: GETTING TO THE EVERGLADES BY PLANE

The Everglades are accessible via several airports in Florida. 

  • Miami International Airport (MIA)  is the closest to the eastern entrance of the park, ideal for visitors heading to Shark Valley or the Anhinga Trail. 
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)  serves those visiting the northern and eastern sections of the Everglades. 
  • Naples Municipal Airport (APF)  is convenient for the western areas of the Everglades. 
  • West Palm Beach Airport (PBI)  is another option.

PRO EVERGLADES TRIP ADVICE:

Flying to mia or fll for a more budget-friendly vacation. .

While Naples and West Palm Beach are options, there are fewer flight options, and are typically more expensive.

EVERGLADES VACATION LAND TRAVEL: TRAIN, BUS, AND CAR OPTIONS

Amtrak provides train services to cities near the Everglades, with bus connections for onward journeys. Driving remains the most flexible option, offering easy access to various parts of the park. Rental cars are widely available at all major airports.

Traveling to the Everglades by land is convenient and offers several options:

  • Train: Amtrak provides train services to cities close to the Everglades. From there, you can catch local buses for onward travel to the park. The Brightline service is also a recommended option for reaching nearby stations.
  • Car: For maximum flexibility and access to various park areas, consider renting a car. This is especially useful for exploring remote sections of the Everglades. Car rentals are available at all major airports.  Directions to the Park
  • Bus: Regular bus services are available to towns and cities near the Everglades. Keep in mind, you may need an additional mode of transport to reach the park from these locations.

EVERGLADES VISIT BY SEA TRAVEL: ARRIVING BY CRUISE SHIP

For those traveling by sea, there are several cruise lines that arrive to both Port Everglades and Miami; and most cruise ships offer  shore excursions to the Everglades .

  • Cruise Ship Arrival : You can easily reach the Everglades if your cruise docks at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale or the Port of Miami.
  • Convenient Ports : Both ports are just a short drive from the Everglades, making them ideal for visitors looking to explore the park after their cruise.
  • Scenic Entry Points : Arriving at either port offers a beautiful start to your Everglades adventure.

PRO EVERGLADES VACATION HACK:

Taking the everglades shuttle..

For a hassle-free experience, or for those without a car or prefer not to drive, consider using the VIP  shuttle to the Everglades from Miami . The Everglades shuttle provides convenient transport from various locations in Miami and Fort Laudrerdale, directly to the park.

AERIAL VIEW OF THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES | COURTESY OF  CANVA

You got here… now what, how to get around on your everglades vacation.

Navigating the Everglades offers various options, each providing a unique way to experience the park:

  • Car : Driving when you visit the Everglades allows for flexible exploration, particularly for reaching different entrances and facilities within the park.
  • Airboat : Ideal for traversing marshy areas, airboat tours offer an exhilarating way to see wildlife and the unique landscape.
  • Tram : The tram tours provide guided, educational rides through specific scenic routes in the park.
  • Hiking : Numerous hiking trails are available for those who prefer to explore the natural beauty on foot.
  • Bike : Biking is a great way to cover more ground along the park’s trails, suitable for both casual and avid cyclists.
  • Walking Trails : Various walking trails offer close-up views of the Everglades’ diverse ecosystems, perfect for leisurely strolls and wildlife watching.
  • Boat : Regular boat tours are available for exploring the park’s vast waterways and coastal regions.
  • Kayak/Canoe/Paddling : For a more intimate experience with nature, kayaking, canoeing, or paddling through the waterways offers a peaceful and up-close encounter with the park’s aquatic environments.

BEST TIMES TO PLAN AN EVERGLADES VACATION

When to go to the everglades.

Deciding when to visit the Everglades is key to maximizing your experience. Whether you’re drawn by the allure of wildlife, the tranquility of nature, or the excitement of outdoor activities, choosing the right season for your Everglades visit can significantly enhance your enjoyment. The Everglades offers distinct experiences in its dry and wet seasons, each with unique charm and activities. Understanding these seasonal differences will help you plan an unforgettable Everglades vacation to one of America’s most unique natural landscapes.

DRY SEASON (DECEMBER TO APRIL)

This period offers the best wildlife viewing opportunities, as animals are more likely to be seen near the remaining water sources. The weather is cooler and drier, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to high 70s°F (10s to mid-20s°C), making it ideal for hiking and other outdoor activities. This is also the peak tourist season, so expect more crowds, wait times, and potentially higher prices.

ATTEND THE EVERGLADES SEAFOOD FESTIVAL.

Join over 50k+ tourists that visit the Everglades during the annual Everglades Seafood Festival in February. Admission is either a canned food item or a $10 donation that supports Everglades conservation initiatives, and you can enjoy 3-days of live music, carnival rides, authentic seafood, and local vendors. If you are planning a trip to the Everglades in the Dry Season, we highly recommend including this event in your itinerary. 

WET SEASON (MAY TO NOVEMBER)

The landscape is lush and vibrant during these months. It’s the best time for birdwatching, as many migratory birds nest in the Everglades. However, prepare for hot and humid conditions, with temperatures often in the high 80s to mid-90s°F (30s°C). Afternoon thunderstorms are common, which can enhance the beauty of the Everglades but may disrupt plans. Mosquitoes are more prevalent, so proper protection is essential. The wet season sees fewer tourists on Everglades vacations, which can mean fewer crowds and lower prices.

WEATHER AND CLIMATE INFORMATION

  • Temperature Fluctuations: While winter temperatures are mild and pleasant, summers can be intensely hot and humid. It’s important to stay hydrated and protect against sun exposure.
  • Rainfall Patterns: The Everglades experiences its highest rainfall during the summer months. Rain typically comes in heavy, short bursts, especially in the afternoon. Trails and areas of the park may flood temporarily, and some facilities might close during severe weather.
  • Hurricane Season Considerations: Travelers should be aware of the hurricane season, which peaks from August to October. Hurricanes can lead to park closures and travel disruptions. It’s advisable to monitor weather advisories and have flexible travel plans during this period.

Visitors should check the weather forecast and plan their activities accordingly, especially during transitional months.

MUST BRING ITEMS WHEN YOU VISIT THE EVERGLADES

What to pack for an everglades vacation.

Packing these items will ensure you’re well-prepared for a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable Everglades visit.

  • Clothing : Choose light, breathable clothing. Long sleeves and pants are great for sun and mosquito protection. Bring layers for cooler weather, as temperatures can fluctuate.
  • Footwear : Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are essential, especially for hiking. Waterproof options are recommended for water-based activities.
  • Sun Protection : A high-SPF sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection, and a wide-brimmed hat are crucial for Florida’s sunny climate.
  • Insect Repellent : To combat mosquitoes, use a strong repellent. Clothing treated with permethrin offers additional defense.
  • Hydration and Snacks : Carry a reusable water bottle and energy-boosting snacks like nuts and energy bars.
  • Navigation Tools : An Everglades vacation map, compass, or GPS is crucial for exploring off-trail areas.
  • Emergency Kit : Pack a basic first aid kit, whistle, and a flashlight or headlamp.
  • Binoculars and Camera : Essential for birdwatching and capturing your experiences. Ensure your camera is suitable for outdoor conditions.
  • Waterproof Bags : Protect your electronics and important documents from water damage during your Everglades visit.

TIPS & THINGS TO KNOW WHEN YOU VISIT THE EVERGLADES

Navigating the park responsibly:.

  • Stay on designated trails and boardwalks to protect both the environment and yourself.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance and  never feed or attempt to touch the animals .
  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially in areas where alligators and snakes are common.

FURTHER READING

  • How to Spot a Coral Snake
  • A Guide on Snakes in the Everglades

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AWARENESS:

  • Respect wildlife and their habitats when you visit the Everglades. Minimize noise and disturbance to the ecosystem.
  • Follow “Leave No Trace” principles – take all trash with you and avoid leaving any mark on your Everglades vacation.
  • Be informed about the park’s rules and regulations to protect its fragile ecosystem.
  • How to Stay Safe in the Everglades
  • Why You Shouldn’t Swim in the Everglades

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Growing up in the Florida Keys, Luna developed an early love and passion for the ocean, sealife, and the intricate ecosystems of the mangroves. This childhood fascination laid the foundation for her lifelong dedication to wildlife and environmental conservation.

Luna pursued her higher education at the University of Florida, a choice that resonated deeply with her growing interest in the natural world, symbolizing her commitment as a true ‘Gator’. Her academic journey at the university further intensified her interest in all aspects of environmental and wildlife conservation, particularly in alligator handling and awareness.

At Everglades Holiday Park, Luna brings her extensive knowledge and enthusiasm to her role. She is deeply involved in educating the public about the importance of the Everglades ecosystem, the critical role of alligators in their natural habitat, and the broader implications of environmental conservation. Her efforts extend beyond just animal handling; she is a strong advocate for sustainable practices and conservation efforts that benefit both the wildlife and the environment.

Luna’s unique blend of expertise in exotic animal handling and her profound commitment to ocean and wildlife conservation makes her an invaluable member of the Everglades Holiday Park team. Her work not only contributes to the preservation of the Everglades but also inspires visitors to become more informed and engaged in environmental stewardship.

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Come meet some adorable baby gators and even get a chance to hold a three-foot alligator! Our tour allows you to feed over 250 of these amazing creatures. It’s a must-do for all the gator enthusiasts in your group!

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Take a private airboat tour with room for up to 15 people in one party! Learn all about the natural wildlife in the beautiful Everglades and get general admission to the park.

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South Florida’s oldest alligator farm, the Everglades Alligator Farm, is located near the entrance of Everglades National Park and contains more than 2,000 alligators.

A trip to the Everglades Alligator Farm includes an exciting airboat tour, an alligator show, and an alligator feeding demonstration! If you are headed to Key Largo or Key West, this is an attraction you absolutely won’t want to miss.

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I went here today with my husband and paid about $60 for both of us, and that is already including airboat show in the package which I highly recommend. This is a great spot to check out when in South Florida. We spent about three hours in the place. Staffs are friendly and shows were very entertaining.

A quick adventure, not too long but enough to get a feel for the land. We loved the 360 turns, even got soaked (or a little wet) depending on where you sit. You can feed an Emu, see the anaconda and fun gift shop too. We loved the baby alligator pen and holding a baby alligator was unforgettable! The alligator feeding and alligator show was great, the gentleman who hosted was even better. Very friendly, patient with kids and informative/educational.

We had a lot of fun here, the animals look like they are taken good care of and Liz was great, she did all the shows on this day (gator, snakes, feeding) and we thought she did an amazing job! The airboat tour was also great, it’s loud but you get ear protection and we saw gators!

As an animal lover, this was just about the best part of our 5 day trip here. I loved the great info from both shows and got to hold a baby alligator too! Over 250 alligators to see of all sizes. If you cant decide whether to add the boat ride, think no more, add it. Very fun, safe and once in a lifetime experience. All so affordable.

Highly recommend visiting this place. It was one of the best experience on our holiday. We booked an animal experience tour which was great, we all loved it and many thanks to our great guide! He was so nice and knowledgeable and made the tour really enjoyable for the kids too. Thank you!

I hadn't had high expectations because the price was lower than other options I had looked into. Tyler was engaging and informative for the alligator feeding and show. Jose was a great tour guide on the fan boat through the everglades. There is a reptile exhibit among other animals to view included with the general admission. My two young kids had a great time as well. It's couple and kid-friendly!

Not just a roadside attraction - but also very educational. The folks who gave the talks where very informative about the reptiles and conservation starts with education. The airboat ride was very fun and VERY wet - too short though. Spent about 3 hours there.

They keep adding to it and it's grown substantially since my last visit. Well worth the admission fee of $27.00 USD which does not include the swamp bait ride. I think it was $32.00 all inclusive. This place does a great job through it's alligator feeding and taming exhibitions. In addition to alligators, they have crocodiles, bobcats, parakeets, large turtles, a snake exhibit, and much more. On this trip, there was no snake show with used to be part of the schedule. I'm not sure if it was discontinued or just not available on the day we went. You are free to bring in your own food and enjoy a nice picnic at one of their many picnic tables. Your entire experience takes about three hours. It's quite educational and I highly recommend it.

You can do the whole thing (feeding demo, airboat ride, show) in around two hours. They have over 400 alligators and a variety of other animals on exhibit. There are several enclosures with baby alligators. The airboat ride is 20 minutes of fun if you get the right guide. Ours was awesome. You actually learn a lot that you may not know about gators.

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The Best Things To Do In Everglades City, Florida

T he Everglades are a natural wonder. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the 1.5 million-acre wetlands preserve is not only a U.S. national park, but it’s also a World Heritage Site. If you want to experience the true untamed beauty of the South—and one of the wildest ecosystems in the U.S.—then a trip to the Everglades is a must. But because the Everglades cover so much distance, it can be difficult to know where to start. Enter Everglades City. The minuscule town of fewer than 500 people is perched on the southwest Florida coast (just 35 miles south of Naples). It offers the perfect gateway to exploring the endless expanses of the Everglades. In true Old Florida fashion, a visit to Everglades City feels like stepping back in time. With weathered seafood spots, charming small-town scenes, and unfettered access to airboat, kayak, and swamp tours of the Everglades, you’ll easily fill a weekend in this one-of-a-kind town. Here’s everything to do on a trip to Everglades City, Florida.

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There are so many ways to explore the Everglades, from heart-pumping airboat rides to leisurely paddles around the mangroves. Make the most of your trip by experiencing the majesty of the coastal mangroves, pine flatwoods, and sawgrass marshes from every vantage point. Start by taking a Big Cypress Swamp Tour with a ranger at the Nathaniel P. Reed Visitors Center. Check out the indoor and outdoor exhibits and watch an introductory film about the swamp, then head out with a ranger who will help you wade through the swamp to spot the incredible flora and fauna for yourself.

When you’re ready to dive a little deeper, reach out to Everglades Area Tours and get going on your next adventure. They offer a variety of naturalist-led kayak eco tours; all you have to do is decide your focus. Alligators and orchids, a mangrove tunnel, the Turner River, or Everglades National Park—the choice is yours. There are even special day trips if you want to try paddling the open ocean. One of the coolest places to see on an excursion with Everglades Area Tours is Ten Thousand Islands, a chain of islands and mangrove islets off the coast that’s partially designated as a National Wildlife Refuge.

Once you’ve taken your time to get acquainted with the otherworldly natural landscape of the Everglades, raise the stakes with a high-speed airboat tour. Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours offers tours of mangrove tunnels, cypress forest, and grasslands. See all three on the 5-hour-long Everglades Combo tour.

After a day of adventuring, head back to town and locate the little pink building. Inside the 1927 laundry house, the Museum of the Everglades ’ rotating exhibits tell the story of 2,000 years of human history in Florida’s Last Frontier. In the neighboring community of Ochopee, get your picture in front of the smallest operating post office in the U.S. The 61.3-square-foot building is a true wonder and exactly the type of nostalgic relic this area of Florida is known for.

One place you can’t leave the area without visiting is Clyde Butcher Gallery in Big Cypress Swamp. There you can see incredible black-and-white fine art photography from legendary photographer Clyde Butcher, who captures the primeval swamp in such stunning clarity that his works have made their way to well-known museums and galleries across the globe. In addition to Clyde’s work, the gallery also features photographs and paintings by his equally talented wife Niki. For an “art imitates life” experience, take one of Butcher’s guided Big Cypress Swamp walks and rent one of his two on-property bungalows for the night.

Where To Eat In Everglades City

Known as the Stone Crab Capital of the World, the dining scene in Everglades City revolves around the crustacean for roughly eight months of the year. Stone crab season runs from mid-October through May, which means you’ll have ample opportunity to indulge in the underwater delicacy. Stone crabs are different from other crab species because harvesters take just one claw from each crab before returning them to the water where they’ll slowly regenerate their appendage. The gentle harvest brings supremely fresh and succulently flaky crabmeat that’s often described as a mix between shrimp and lobster.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a seafood joint on the Paradise Coast that doesn’t sell stone crab in season, but in Everglades City, check out Grimm’s Stone Crab for fresh claws to take home. If you want your seafood prepared for you, grab a dockside picnic table at City Seafood or head to Triad Seafood Market & Café , a beloved institution that offers all-you-can-eat stone crab and has been family-owned since 1984. Another great waterfront seafood spot, Camellia Street Grill is the laidback crowd-pleaser that will satisfy everyone in your group. The menu includes everything from chicken wings and hamburgers to shrimp and grits, tacos, po’boys, and of course stone crab.

Two other special spots to try are Island Café and HavAnna Café . Island Café serves nostalgic diner food at all hours of the day, but the real treat is going early in the morning for a short stack with a side of crispy bacon. Last but not least, HavAnna Café is a tucked-away tropical oasis that offers some of the best Cuban and Cracker cuisine you’ll find anywhere. The eclectic eatery is known for its cheery garden where guests dine under umbrellaed tables in the company of tropical blooms and lush greenery. On the menu, you’ll find everything from a classic Cuban sandwich to red snapper grilled with Cuban sofrito.   

The Best Places To Stay In Everglades City

The cozy cottage and bungalow on Clyde Butcher’s 14 secluded acres are a wonderful place to fully immerse yourself in the natural world, but there are plenty of other places to stay in the area if you don’t snag a reservation. The Ivey House offers comfortable queen and king rooms, with a screened-in swimming pool. They also offer special packages for discounted airboat tours, kayak tours, and fishing charters with your stay. For a glimpse into Everglades City’s storied past, book a room at the The Rod & Gun Club a historic private club that’s now open the public as a hotel and resort. The property is built at the location of Everglades City’s first white settlement when the city was founded 1864. Over the past century, The Rod & Gun Club has hosted presidents, dignitaries, and celebrities like John Wayne, Burt Reynolds, and Jack Nicklaus. Today, it features a massive restaurant overlooking the Barron River, two bar lounges, rental cottages and inn rooms, a swimming pool, and a full-service marina.  

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Invasive Burmese Python Swallows A 35-Pound Deer Fawn… Which Is Also Bad News For The Florida Panthers

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I like to think of myself as fairly educated when it comes to wildlife matters, especially wildlife matter right here in the United States, but boy was I put in my place. I’m basically just another moron…

But before I started this blog, I read all about it… so now I’m back to being an expert on all things Florida wildlife.

According to Conservancy of Southwest Florida , this 30-pound Burmese python swallowed a 35-pound fawn WHOLE. Like, look at that thing… good Lord.

This is a contender for the biggest python-prey size ratio recorded. This 31.5 lb Burmese python swallowed a 35 lb white tailed deer fawn, an animal 11% larger than itself. I tried looking for the publication, but so far I've had no luck. pic.twitter.com/YWR5GjYseU — Ausarchosaur (@ausar_the) April 21, 2023

I know there are snakes in Florida, but this is some Amazon jungle kind of nature. The invasive Burmese python can grow to about 20 feet and this SOB was only 11. A full-grown one could probably swallow me whole. Granted, I still haven’t worked off those extra holiday pounds, but that’s only because I haven’t really tried yet. When I finally get my summer body back, sometime in late October, a full grown Burmese python could definitely take a run at me.

More importantly though, these invasive Burmese pythons are decimating the small mammal population in Florida, which is destroying the main diet of Florida’s endangered panthers.

Florida Panthers? Like, the hockey team?

No, not like the hockey team… who are one game away from taking down the Boston Bruins on their quest to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time in franchise history.

Let's finish this. #TimeToHunt pic.twitter.com/IrYB1LVWy2 — Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) May 14, 2024

When I was a kid, I had no clue that the Florida panthers were based on real-life panthers that are an endangered species. How was I supposed to know that panthers are roaming the Everglades?

I never seen a Blackhawk in Chicago or a Bruin in Boston, so it only stands to reason that most pro hockey teams and their mascots are not scientifically connected to flora and fauna of the particular region. If that’s the case, maybe the Nashville Predators should follow suit and change their logo to Kirt Webster or something…

In summary, the Burmese python is an invasive little demon who’s eating deer whole and ruining life for the already endangered Florida panthers, the animal, not the hockey team. The hockey team, led by captain Aleksander Barkov, the scrappy skill of Matthew Tkachuk and the stellar goaltending of Sergei Bobrovsky, is doing pretty damn good.

Bambi, on the other hand, is not…

Now you know.

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