Island in Everglades National Park, Florida (Photodisc/Mark Downey)

Great blue heron in Everglades National Park, Florida (Rubberball Getty)

Great egret and cypress trees in Everglades National Park, Florida (National Park Service)

Alligator in the Everglades, Florida (PhotoDisc)

Sunset over the Everglades, Florida (National Park Service)

Everglades, Florida (Robin Hill/Digital Vision)


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What to do in Everglades National Park

At more than 1.5 million acres, Everglades National Park is the third-largest national park in the country, composed mostly of vegetation-choked canals where civilization has so far withheld its forward march, leaving the wetlands to the gators and mosquitos. The allure of the backcountry is strong and the possibilities endless—scientists still study how exactly this unique ecosystem works. The primary paddling path follows the 99-mile-long Wilderness Waterway, connecting Everglades City to Flamingo. Dozens of overnight spots are scattered between the two, but making your way by canoe or kayak can prove a personalized and secluded affair. The most romantic—and practical—of these spots are the “chickees,” stilted platforms that feel both exposed and isolated on dark and stormy nights in one of the country’s most impenetrable wildernesses.

Traveler Reviews of Everglades National Park

Jaz rates Everglades National Park
Most interesting spot for nature lovers, the Everglades is a facinating ecosystem where you can safely see alligators and beautiful birds in their wild habitat. You can even take a guided tour with experienced field biologists in knee-to-waist clear waters and see the orchids and bromeliads hang overhead. Stay in Miami if you like the beach or Florida City if you prefer old Florida and the proximity to the park but make sure to take the time to visit, appreciate and listen to the wild life, go further than the typical airboat tours circuit and you won't regret it.
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