Every time I think about traveling or vacations, I immediately think about getting on a plane and flying over an ocean. I never usually think about traveling within the US, but I really should change that mentality! The Florida Everglades is one great example of how shockingly amazing our country’s landscape is.

Things to do in the Florida Everglades:

1. Everglades National Park: This park protects about one fifth of the everglades and is a great place to see wildlife, canoing, camping, and hiking. With 40 different types of mammals to see and over 20 different species of reptiles, you’re guaranteed to see something awesome. Also, don’t forget your bug spray because the mosquitoes are ready to welcome you! Private vehicle – $10.00, Pedestrian/Cyclist – $5.00. Good places to see wildlife:

  • Shark Valley, the Anhinga Trail (at Royal Palm), and Eco Pond – alligators, wading birds, and other freshwater wildlife.
  • Snake Bight (near Flamingo) and Chokoloskee Bay (Gulf Coast) are good places for canoeists to witness large numbers of water birds feeding in the shallows and on mud flats.
  • Nine Mile Pond and adjacent borrow pits (11 miles, or 18 km, up the road from Flamingo).

2. Gator searchin’: Did you know that the Florida Everglades is the only place where crocodiles and alligators can live together? I have no idea why, but talk about a bad place to carry a crocodile/alligator purse. While airboat tours aren’t allowed in the park, there are plenty of private tours off of Tamiami Trail, around Everglades City, and between Homestead and the Ernest Coe Visitor Center off route 9336, to see these massive reptiles. Some only run between November through April. A few suggested tours: Gator Park: 24050 SW 8th St. Tel: 305/559-2255 Adults: $21.00 Children: $10.70. Tickets can be cheaper online. Coopertown Airboat Tours: 22700 S.W. 8th Street. PO Box 940176. Miami, FL 33194 (305) 226-6048

3. Go Hiking through the ‘glades: Everglades Trail is a great site that combines all the trails and different parks in Florida to help you plan your ideal trek through the everglades. Also, there are lots of hiking trails through the national park. If you’re going to go off the beaten path, be prepared with knee length rubber shoes to wade through the marshes. Otherwise, you can pick and choose your ideal hike. For shorter hikes, West Lake is only 0.5 miles, while the Coastal Prairie is 7.5 miles long. Click here for the entire list.

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