Everglades National Park, an hour’s drive from Miami, is well-known for its diverse
ecosystem. It is indeed a wonderland, where you can see plenteous wildlife and enjoy
exciting activities, such as hiking, biking, camping and fishing.
The best season to visit Everglades National Park is winter, when the temperature is pleasant and the air is not humid. Summer is hot, at 90F, and humid with teeming insects and mosquitoes.
Tour operators offer many options to explore the park. You may choose an airboat tour or a
ranger guided tour. Airboat tours are the best means to get a glimpse of the broad variety of
animals and birds inhabiting the wetlands. It’s like flying past the grasslands, and gives you
an egret’s view of the beautiful terrain. Follow a hiking trail, go biking or choose camping if
you’ve planned a longer stay.
Once you arrive at Everglades, there are lots of activities at hand. Why not take advantage
of the fishing opportunities? Be it freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing, there are many
species to fish, including Snapper and Redfish. If you’re fond of watersports, select a kayak
or canoe trail. Sporting equipment is available for rent.
There are several hiking trails traversing mangroves and offering closer views of interesting
spots. For instance, the Anhinga trail lets you get an unforgettable glimpse of freshwater
sloughs. It offers a half-mile long walk with the best opportunities to photograph wildlife.
It is worth mentioning about the Mahogany Hammock, where a hiking trail lets you explore
grass marshes and view royal palms, hardwood hammocks and figs. Choose a hike that suits
your energy level.
The park is home to more than 200,000 alligators. And, it’s amazing to see alligators and
crocodiles co-habiting harmoniously. It is not just marsh and swampland, as many people
think, but also consists of the Pine Forest, located in the higher regions.