For an unmatched wildlife experience, visit Everglades National Park. Offering a variety of sawgrass prairies, tropical hardwood hammocks and pinelands, swamps, and Florida Bay and Gulf Coast estuaries spanning 1.5 million acres, the Everglades are an ecosystem like no other.
Visitors can walk the Anhinga Trail, filled with turtles, herons, and other wildlife; climb Shark Valley’s 65-foot observation tower for an aerial view of the glades; and navigate Florida Bay by tour boat or kayak to see crocodiles, manatees, and dolphins. For the more adventurous and physically active visitors, the Everglades offers pineland biking, paddling Nine-Mile Pond amongst the mangroves, touring the historic Nike Hercules missile base, and joining a ranger-led expedition deep into the heart of a cypress dome. For a more immersive experience you can try a weeklong canoe trip, camping along the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway.