The Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, offers endless opportunities of hiking, canoeing, and bicycling. If you are wondering where to start exploring this unique place, here are a few ideas.
We loved our self-guided bike tour at the Shark Valley Visitor Center. Renting a bike is very easy, and the trail is nicely paved. You will squeal with joy when you spot many alligators and all kinds of birds. The picturesque wetland meadows are so beautiful under a big sky. There’s also a 2-hour tram tour that will teach you about the unique ecology of this place.
The other trail we really enjoyed is the Anhinga Trail which starts at the Royal Palm Visitor Center. The trail is a fabulous boardwalk over a freshwater saw grass marsh, the perfect place to marvel at all the wildlife and unique plants that resides in this interesting habitat.
A great website which I found very helpful is floridahikes.com. If you visit in late spring or summer, start early in the day when all the wild life is more active, so you can fully appreciate the mysterious beauty of this swamp landscape. Always bring water, hat, and THE MOST essential thing – mosquito sprays!
In case you missed it, click here‘ for part 1 of the trip about where to taste some amazing tropical fruits right outside the Everglades!