North America, United States
Everglades National Park in Florida is an incredible subtropical wilderness – the largest in the United States - and is famous for being the only place in the entire world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist!
The park may be famous for its crocodiles and alligators but there are also many other exciting wildlife species inhabiting here. Dolphins are a fairly common sight and if you are lucky you might even spot one of the endangered species such as a manatee or the elusive Florida panther!
Everglades has a whole range of activities for visitors. There are numerous trails suitable for those interested in cycling or hiking as well as many water routes for those who would prefer to explore by kayak or canoe. The canoe and kayak trails range from a few hours to multi-day trips so even the most passionate canoeist and kayakers amongst you should be satisfied! If you fancy a slightly less active trip around the park then don’t worry – tram and boat tours are both available as are specialised tours with photography, bird watching and fishing being just a few of the options on offer.
The park is open all year round but more facilities and tours will be available in the dry season from December to April than in the wet season. Similarly, camping at the park is available all year round but be warned that conditions in the wet season have the potential to be pretty uncomfortable! Ensure you bring all of your own equipment as it is not available for rent or purchase within the park.
Everglades National Park is so huge that it has a number of different entrances. Three of these are accessible by car – the main entrance in Homestead which connects visitors to the Royal Palm Area and the Flamingo Area of the park, the Shark Valley entrance which is in Miami and the Gulf Coast entrance which is located in Everglades City. There are visitor centres at all of these entrances.
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