Things to Do in the Florida Everglades

Top Attractions and Activities in the Florida Everglades

A trip to the Everglades is a good bet for nature buffs, adventurous souls, and fun lovers alike. With legendary airboat tours, alligators aplenty, and miles and miles of marshlands and mangrove trees, there's nothing quite like the Florida Everglades. However, planning a visit to such a sweeping stretch of Southern Florida has its challenges. That's why we've rounded up the very best things to do in the Florida Everglades. From exciting hikes to bizarre attractions, you're in for the itinerary of a lifetime.

Where to Stay

It's important to remember that outside of camping within Everglades National Park, there are no lodging options within the park. However, there are many home base options for trips to the Everglades - several Florida cities have easy access to the national park and loads of lodging, to boot.

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florida everglades airboat tour Everglades Airboat, Kayak, and Canoe Tours

Water, water, and more water! The Everglades are at their best when viewed from a boat, kayak, or canoe. Here are some of the top Everglades off-land tours:
  • Buffalo Tiger's Airboat Tours - Along with the views, enjoy some Native American history as told by a real tribesman.
  • Wilderness Waterway - Whether you're up for a challenging canoe or easygoing power boat ride, this 90-mile stretch of water, meandering through saw grass marshland and mini islands, is well worth a trip.
  • Buttonwood Canal - This man-made waterway features excellent views of mangrove trees, and even the occasional alligator.
  • Chokoloskee Bay - This popular canoe spot boasts a wide variety of local plant and wildlife.
  • Snake Bight - No worries; "Bight" as in bay. Also featuring a trail, this bay is engulfed by all sorts of native trees, though the hardwoood hammocks steal the spotlight.
  • Shark River Slough - This 100-mile-long river can't be missed, as it's the main wetland of the Everglades.
  • Nine-Mile Pond Trail - Canoe through two ponds bulging with wildlife, including alligators; as a bonus, this trail's easy for beginners. 
  • Flamingo Boat Tours - Get away to the back country and enjoy a well-rounded Florida Everglades nature experience. 
  • Speedy's Airboat Tours - What makes this company so unique is its small boats - you're guaranteed an intimate and personalized adventure here. 
  • Everglades Island Airboat Tours - Locals will take you through the Everglades "jungles."
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florida everglades fishing Florida Everglades Fishing

Whether it's mackerel, snook, tarpon, or bass you're after, there's no shortage of fish in the Everglades. The unspoiled waters of the Everglades, and nearby Naples and Marco Island, are great for leisurely days of fishing. Countless fishing guides, like Captain Jay's Charters (out of Goodland) and Everglades Kayak Fishing (out of Everglades City), will ensure your angling adventure a successful and memorable one.

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Everglades Trails Worth a Hike

Forget harrowing mountain climbs and long, exhausting journeys. The Everglades if brimming with flat, easy trails offering up all sorts of sights. Here are some favorite trails. 
  • Anhinga Trail - Want to see lots of wildlife? Then head down this self-guided trail, featuring everything from alligators to herons to turtles. The Anhinga Trail is actually named after its most popular resident, a bird also knows as the "snakegrass." Tip: the hike is most lively in the wintertime.
  • Shark Valley - Tour the Shark Valley area by foot, bike, or tram. With a variety of trails to choose from, you're in for a variety of sights - the canopy forests a highlight.
  • Pa-hay-okee Trail - A raised boardwalk takes you through stunning views of the Everglades' "river of grass" and the Bald Cypress Forest.
  • Coastal Prairie Trail - If you love a challenge, then you'll love this old dirt road - brave the winter mosquitoes, and the summer heat for views that are really worth it. You'll get to know almost all the native trees, like mangroves and cactus, and get a feel for what Florida's first Spanish explores ventured upon in the 1500s. 
  • Gumbo Limbo Trails - This is the Florida Everglades' brand of jungle. A mix of saw grass marsh and hardwood hammock trees makes this one a super scenic and even family-friendly hike.  
  • Eco Pond Trail - If you're looking for a short and sweet hike, this one's for you. Take in the sights of songbirds and other wildlife in and around this beautiful pond.
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The Everglades Safari Park

A premier attraction of the Florida Everglades, the Safari Park features regular 30-minute air boat rides, or "eco adventures," that require no tickets, just good timing. You can book a private tour ahead of time, though, if you wish. In addition to the airboat rides, visitors are treated to the Everglades Safari Wildlife Nature Show , where they can meet the native wildlife - from alligators to snakes. Meanwhile, Gator Island is home to a slew of crocodiles, and the Jungle Walking Trail is great for bird watching. Hungry? The Everglades Safari Park has you covered there, too - check out the Picnic Restaurant , where you can dine on a dock with views of the Everglades. And make sure to stop by Everglades Safari Gifts on your way out so you won't soon forget your stay.

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Everglades Alligator Farm

Boasting 2000+ alligators, including the 14-foot "Grandpa alligator," Homestead's park is great for up-close encounters. You can also enjoy a guided airboat tour.

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Race Car Central

Homestead attracts NASCAR fans from all over thanks to the Homestead Miami Speedway , the host of championship races year after year. If you'd like to get behind the wheel, sign up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience , and go for a drive or ride-along, reliving one of five championship races. The view of Miami Beach from the track is a nice plus.

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everglades golfing Go Golfing

Several golf courses are sprinkled throughout the Everglades area, including Doral Resort's Blue Monster, Red, White, and Gold golf courses in Doral, as well as the Redland Golf and Country Club in Homestead.  HomeAway even has vacation rentals within minutes of golf courses in Doral

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