Nature & parks in Everglades National Park

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Nature & Parks in Everglades National Park

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  • TravellinAfrican
    Solomon Islands34 contributions
    Ok, the bikes are past their best, but mine rode fine. I arrived just before the gates opened. Even though it was Easter Sunday, there were only a few other cars entering at that time and it was obviously the coolest part of the day. I booked a bike in advance, which might not be necessary if you go that early, but certainly is if you go later - by the time I returned at 11:30, there was a waiting list for bikes and people just had to wait for bikes to be returned before setting off.

    I went really slowly for the first half, because there was just so much to see! I was stopping every 30 seconds or so. A lot of people were flying past me and would have missed a lot. I don't really see the point of doing the bike ride if you go fast. May as well not get hot and sweaty and do the tram instead. At the observation tower I turned around and went back the same way, as I heard that there was less wildlife on the second half of the loop. On the return leg I pretty much zoomed back in about 40 mins as I had seen so much on the first leg and it was getting very hot. I did still stop a few times and saw some new things. I saw so many people just starting off at the hottest time of the day and it seemed a bit crazy - plan better!

    I liked the bike option because I could take things at my own pace, which allowed me to stop often, but I was also able to go all the way to the observation tower and back within 3 hours. I'm glad I did as I saw different things the further along I went, although for those with less time/physical ability, even going 2 miles out and back would still be worthwhile. Definitely do-able on foot, but it would be a long day in the sun to go all the way to the tower and back.

    I went on a 1.5 hour airboat tour after, which was super fun and interesting, but I saw many more gators and birds at Shark Valley. It was a great combination to do for a daytrip.
    Written 20 April 2022
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  • Frank D
    77 contributions
    We had a great ranger tour guide. Really liked his explanation of the ecosystem in the park even though this was not our first visit.
    Written 17 April 2022
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  • JoDoShep
    Naples, FL191 contributions
    We visited a few years ago after Hurricane Irma and found much damage along the road. Now there are many standing dead trees. We read that 65% of the mangroves were severely damaged so recovery will be slow. Many of the birds we used to see here have apparently moved farther north in the Everglades away from the damage. The Marina is still a place you might see manatees close-up, as well as both alligators and crocodiles. In warm moist weather, bring long sleeves and long pants as the mosquitos can be a challenge especially at dawn and dusk.
    Written 12 December 2021
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  • roamingsouls
    Virginia41 contributions
    Rented a canoe from Flamingo and did a nice long paddle. In general, the trail was easy to follow but in a couple of places either poles are missing or poorly placed, so we had to do a bit of backtracking on occasion. Lovely sense of peace and calm out on the water, though.
    Written 22 February 2022
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  • Gina A
    Dallas, TX410 contributions
    A short trail to see the terrain. We heard birds and other wildlife but didn't see any. The road to the Trail is also very nice to see the terrain and we also spotted a barred owl.
    Written 9 April 2021
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  • Lovtorun
    Midwest568 contributions
    We did a quick hike on this trail as we wanted to get to the Flamingo area. Lots of trees including a very large mahogany, birds, a nice boardwalk trail. We would have enjoyed a little more signage identifying things. along the way.
    Nice shaded parking area, easy in and out from main road. Worth a stop. We really enjoyed looking up to see bromeliads and air plants living high in the trees.
    Written 27 February 2020
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  • bolkin
    New York City, NY191 contributions
    We walked along the Gumbo Limbo trail before going on the Anhinga ranger walk. The trail is in the shade, and very very short
    Written 13 April 2022
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  • The Hiking Harpist
    Boston, MA54 contributions
    Long Pines do not throw a lot of shade, so this was a hot walk. That being said, it's near the beautiful Long Pine Campground and is a great way to see plant life that differs from the lower, swampier elevations. The trail is long, but you can go as far as you'd like and then turn around. Even though it was January, I saw some flowers in bloom as well as some butterflies. The view up through the pine trees made for some incredible photos.
    Written 25 February 2020
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  • snpkelley
    Uniontown, OH406 contributions
    This was a very pretty trail that takes you into the woods but we did not see any wildlife aside from some geckos.
    Written 17 March 2021
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  • 2DMV
    17 contributions
    Wow! What an experience! I learned so much from enthusiastic and informative Ranger Olivia (she was a FABULOUS guide!) during our walk through the water. It was so different to see the flora and fauna while standing in the wetlands. The highlight was observing the alligator hole (sans the alligator) and then actually seeing an alligator in a different area on our way out of the wetlands.
    Written 21 February 2022
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  • Lovtorun
    Midwest568 contributions
    We were driving past here on our way to Flamingo and got a glimpse of a lot of birds! On the way back we stopped and saw hundreds of migrating water birds including ducks, herons, egrets, a herd of white pelicans and lots more. That same day the Everglades posted that it was just the right conditions here for a huge bird feeding. We did see one alligator cruising the shoreline as well.
    What a lucky and fun spot to see! There was pull off parking on both sides of the road.
    Written 27 February 2020
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  • Juliann B
    Wilmington, IL151 contributions
    This is a good trail to really stretch your legs and not worry about getting lost. It's straight out and back. It looks like we were fortunate to avoid mosquitos, I got a few bites but were not mobbed at all. Pretty boardwalk at the end.
    Written 9 May 2021
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  • Brenda B
    Pittsford, NY56 contributions
    I took my son (16yrs old) here while he was visiting Miami. He is difficult to get to engage in any activity, let alone with his mom, but we had the BEST day at the Park. The airboat tour was very informative and we did not have to wait too long ( we did not have reservations, and bought tickets on groupon so it was pretty inexpensive). After the boat, we got to interact with some gators, my son even held one! After we went on a walking tour of part of the park, and we actually saw a gator LIVE in the park about 2 ft from our feet!!! It was pretty cool for a 16 yr old boy from NY to get excited about a day with mom, but he must have had fun cuz he posted it on Instagram for all to see:)
    Written 5 June 2017
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  • CVTravelers
    Castro Valley, CA115 contributions
    From the parking lot, you can see a number of nesting birds. For us the highlight was seeing the Spoonbills. Binoculars really help but you could see them without binoculars. There were a number of other people looking at the birds and they were happy to share their high powered scopes. We would recommend a short stop here.
    Written 6 February 2020
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  • Steve5863
    Avon, OH13 020 contributions
    Chokoloskee Bay, about 10 miles (16.1k) long, is tucked between the southwest coast of Florida near Everglades City and the Ten Thousand Islands, a maze of mangrove covered islands, most which are protected by Everglades National Park. There area around the bay is unspoiled and has changed little over the decades providing one with an old-time, authentic Florida feel.

    Being protected by the mangrove maze, full of wildlife and natural beauty, the calm waters make for an excellent place to kayak, canoe, fish and birdwatch. Equipment rentals and fishing charters can be found in both Everglades City and the small community of Chokoloskee a bit further south.

    A boat tour of the Ten Thousand Islands is a must do for visitors to this part of Everglades National Park. Popular boat tours are provided by the National Park concessionaire, which depart from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City, and by the Smallwood Store that depart from the store in Chokoloskee. We took a sunset cruise with Smallwood Store boat tours which was outstanding.
    Written 1 June 2019
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