Plan your Visit to
Everglades National Park
Protecting Endangered Species or Future Generations
The Everglades National Park is relatively new to the national park registry and has only been recognized as a national park since 1947. However hard people have worked to protect the land; an increased development threat has led to much of the northern end of the park being unprotected. Still Everglades National Park is home to some of the most endangered species such as the manatee and the American crocodile. In addition to the spectacular water creatures within the ecosystem, there are approximately 400 different species of birds that can be found there. Everglades National Park is a truly beautiful wonder to behold and there are many activities that visitors can do when they choose to visit.
When to go
January – February – March – April – May – September – October – November – December
Bird-Watching – Family – Boating – Hiking – Kayaking – Fishing – Wildlife
One of the best ways to see all the everglades has to offer is by boat. Since the majority of the park is swamp land, a flat bottom boat allows you to easily navigate the narrow waterways and the shallow nature of many of the areas. There are places where motor boats are permitted within Everglades National Park, but the use of motors within the water is highly controversial due to the impact the fuel has on the water and the fact that more endangered species are killed by accident when they get caught in the blades of the motor.
Boating regulations can be found at the Flamingo Visitors Center so you can rest assured that you do not endanger any of the lives of the animals in the water. The best solution if you are not an avid boater is to hire a guide to take you through the sometimes treacherous nature of the shallow waters. A guide will be able to give you a better experience all around because they can point out some of the animal species that may be using their camouflage ability to hide away from visitors.
Canoeing and Kayaking
There is a lot of adventure to be found when you boat through the everglades, but boats, even the ones without motors, can be bulky and loud scaring off many of the animals that you would otherwise be able to enjoy. Canoes and Kayaks give guests the ability to silently glide through the water and see more animals along the journey. One of the best places to go canoeing and kayaking is the Wilderness Waterway. This 99-mile-long stretch will take you on a journey that takes a full 7 days to complete. Even if you do not want to spend that long on the water, many shorter routes can be found throughout Everglades National Park.
GPS navigation has brought us many things including the ability to find our way around town, but another advantage of GPS navigation is the world of Geocaching. This concept is not really new, but has taken Everglades National Park by storm. Participants use GPS navigation to find small hidden objects. The activity is like an adult version of the childhood treasure hunts we all used to love going on. The Geocaching activity within Everglades National Park has been known to attract quite a few enthusiasts throughout the world.
There are not many activities these days whose name will leave you scratching your heads, but Slough Slogging is one of them. This particular activity is a guided tour through parts of the Everglades National Park in which participants are told to wear lace up closed toed shoes, long pants, and plenty of drinking water. The walking tour leads a group of up to 15 people through the swamps. The experience is not something that you can see at every national park so if you are visiting Everglades National Park and everyone in your party is at least 12 years old, it is something that should not be missed.
What You Need to Know
Fees are a part of every national park and help mainly with the upkeep and the staffing needs of the park. The fees for Everglades National Park do a great deal to help with the conservation efforts made by the park toward the animals. Fees are $25 for private vehicles, $20 for motorcycles, and $8 for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles. If you are planning on being a regular visitor to the park you may want to invest the $40 into an annual park pass. There are also a large number of free days throughout the year, so make sure you know when these are and can plan your trip accordingly. Everglades National Park is an amazing place and if efforts are not continued to maintain the ecosystems within, we may lose certain species forever. Do your part by visiting the park and respecting the animals within.
Download a Grand Teton National Park Map
Planning a Everglades National Park? Be sure to download the official Everglades National Park map, below, or use our interactive maps to find restaurants, hotels, or activities along the route of your choosing in and around the park. Either way, don’t leave home without a map of Everglades National Park. This free Everglades National Park map shows park roads, attractions, and more.
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Official Everglades National Park Map – Click on the Map to download