Everglades National Park, in deep southern Florida, represents a new era of national parks: beyond protecting dramatic landscapes and extreme geologic features, the National Park Service began to place more importance in protecting diverse ecosystems, such as in subtly-beautiful Everglades National Park.
Whether you hike a trail, plan a multi-day kayak trip, or just stroll the boardwalks scoping for alligators, you will see a glimpse into why the wilderness should continue to be preserved.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, Gators, Osprey, and Tree Snails, Oh My!: Best places to see Everglades wildlife
- Our Video Highlights
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Walk the Anhinga Trail for nearly-guaranteed wildlife encounters
- Talk to a ranger or attend a ranger program to hear more about how Everglades became preserved and which endangered animals in the area have bounced back in incredible survival.
- Get on the water: rent a canoe or kayak and explore the coastline or inner lakes. We loved kayaking the Nine-Mile Lake Water Trail.
- Explore an activity called “slough slogging” through knee-to-waist-deep waters and discover even more wildlife.
- Plan a multi-day water trip and use the floating campsites inside the park
- Drive to the northern Chokoloskee area for a beautiful sunset
- Big Cypress National Wildlife Preserve
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.