There are many things to do and see in Southwest Florida, and Everglades National Park is one of the many wonders of the US National Park system. It is one of the largest parks in the United States, and it offers a myriad of opportunities for learning, recreation, and viewing wildlife.
The park is an extremely significant area for biodiversity preservation, and it is a World Heritage Site, a Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance.
Size of Park
Everglades National Park is easily accessible from the Fort Myers, Naples area. It is spread out over an area of 1.5 million acres of land, making it the third largest national park in the United States.
Winter and early spring marks the dry season for the area, and temperatures can be chilly during this time. Late spring until late fall is the period of the wet season, which is characterized by very humid and very hot weather.
Visitors to Everglades National Park should be sure to keep well hydrated, particularly if they plan on participating in physically intensive activities.
Some of the more famous animals in Everglades National Park include: the panther, the manatee, the python snake, the American alligator and the crocodile. Only about one thousand crocodiles remain in Florida, and Everglades National Park is one of the few places where they are easily visible.
Visitors can also see many colorful birds and reptiles in the park. Fans of sea turtles are also in luck; there are four species of turtle in the park, including the endangered Atlantic Ridley.
There are also many endemic tree and plant species. You can find numerous recreational opportunities at Everglades National Park. Camping is available, both in designated sites and in the backcountry.
Visiting The Everglades
Tents and RVs are permitted, and some sites are available for larger groups. Backcountry sites are usually only accessible by boats or kayaks. The western area of the park also can only be reached by boat.
There are many wonderful hiking trails in Everglades National Park, including both short, self-guided nature trails and longer trails for more serious hikers. The park includes two boardwalks that wind through beautiful cypress forests; the boardwalks also allow hikers to access a lookout that provides excellent views of the whole park.
Fishing is permitted with a Florida Fishing License, and fish are plentiful in the park. Bicycles are available for rent, and provide a good way of navigating trails. Canoes and kayaks are allowed, and are also available for rent. Boat tours are conducted by park rangers, and provide the perfect opportunity for seeing manatees and crocodiles.
Tours are available every day. Don’t miss the Everglades National Park Visitor Center, which has a monthly art exhibit featuring local art. The art featured often includes images inspired by the natural beauty of the park.
Everglades National Park is certainly one of the most incredible places in the United States. The density of endangered species within the park, and its incredible beauty make it an important site for the heritage and biodiversity of the U.S. and the world.
Families, individuals, and groups should not miss the opportunity to visit the park if they are going to visit Southwest Florida.
Want to learn more about the Everglades from a local? Ask the people at Regal Car Rental when you reserve or pick up your rental car at the Fort Myers Florida Airport.