Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Everglades National Park

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  • Miles Archer
    Boca Raton, FL7 263 contributions
    Lots to see here. Alligators, of course, in the water and sunning themsrlves on the banks. A variety of birds too, including water birds looking for prey. And an occasional mammal. Turtles too. There's bike trail and areas where you can walk around. The highlight for my wife and myself is the tram guided tour. Don't miss this. Check out the gift store.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Miles Archer
    Boca Raton, FL7 263 contributions
    My wife and I like to hike. We came here shortly after opening on a partly cloudy day, long before the rising sun reached its zenith. We wore wide-brim hats, carried water bottles, smeared on suntan lotion, and set off at a leisurely pace. Of course we saw alligators. And birds, including water birds like anhigas drying their spread wings, and predatory birds like ospreys and hawks. The boardwalk trail is easy to walk. By the time the clouds broke up and the temperature headed for 90 degrees We were done, back in the AC of our car. By then there were other hikes and sightseers here.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • JezGateshead
    Gateshead, UK140 contributions
    Called in here on our day trip from Homestead the ranger was very helpful telling us the best walks to complete.

    The trip to the National Park was well worth it to see real wildlife
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Adam F
    Newhaven, UK11 contributions
    Been here many times over the last 20 years. Always the best place for seeing alligators and other wildlife, especially at dusk. Lately, the waterways have got choked with vegetation, which impedes the alligators, and you're less likely to see them hunting. And watch out for the turkey vultures in the car park. They are especially partial to convertible roofs. Plastic sheets are helpfully provided.
    Written 26 April 2022
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  • jen
    South Milwaukee, WI1 contribution
    I just wanted to put this out there as an FYI to anyone who would like to visit the Nike Missile Base in the off season. I was disappointed to learn that this NP program wasn't going to be running during my May visit to Everglades NP. I ran across the Everglades NP Institute on the NP website. They have guided tours of the Nike Base and the tour I booked is called "Everglades Experience: Guided Tour of Royal Palm, NIKE Missile Site, Pa-hay-okee and more!" I have yet to go on the tour but wanted to pay it forward to anyone who was interested in seeing it in the off season. :)
    Written 28 March 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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  • OralRobert33
    Wheatfield, NY38 contributions
    This place has been on my bucket list and I finally made it. To be honest, we should ave waited 'till the new visitor's center was open but we had the time so we went.

    This place is in the middle of nowhere. It's a 35 mile ride to the visitor's center after you pass through the gate where you pay to get into the park. Other than some trailheads and a small lake or two, there is nothing on this road 'till you get to the end where the center is located. One way in, one way out.

    We had signed up for the back country boat tour--do this in advance, it's a small pontoon boat and it books up fast. Our captain and guide were very knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a great time.

    We got lunch at a small food truck located outside the marina store. Seagulls pounced on us as soon as we sat down to eat--very agressive. We ate in our car.

    They are building a brand new visitor's center and motel, both look great and appear to be close to opening. The motel will be welcome because it takes so long to get to this place from where we were staying.

    You can camp in the campground if you want and if all you have is a tent, you can camp right by the water--what a view! You're looking over a bay between the mainland and the Florida Keys. You can't see the keys as far as I can tell because they're too far away and there are no tall structures that would rise above the curvature of the earth.

    Mosquitoes were a minor problem in the shade. I can only assume they will get worse as summer arrives.
    Written 18 February 2022
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  • Lovtorun
    Midwest577 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, NY192 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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  • mdgipsy
    Baltimore, MD973 contributions
    This is an easy little elevated hike through the vegetation. The walkway is blocked off mid loop as it looks like a storm took out most of it. Lots of spiders and their webs, some birds.
    Written 31 December 2020
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  • snpkelley
    Uniontown, OH407 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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