Video: Guide to Everglades National Park

Florida's Everglades National Park is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the U.S.—and the only place where alligators and crocodiles coexist

Everglades National Park in Florida is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the U.S., and it’s the only place where alligators and crocodiles coexist. While you can visit this park all year long, cooler months provide you with the most activities and ranger-led programs. Just be sure to pack your bug spray and sunscreen, no matter when you plan your visit.

Here are a few things to do and places to stay while visiting Everglades National Park:

Where to stay. The park offers several campgrounds ranging from dry campsites to full hookups, glamping accommodations, houseboats, and more. 

Flamingo section. This is one of the most popular areas of the park and is considered by some to be the southernmost point in the continental U.S. 

Water recreation. Rent a kayak or take a boat tour through the park to learn about the many ecosystems and wildlife living in the Everglades. 

Boardwalk trails. The elevated boardwalk trails keep you dry while exploring the wetlands of the park. This is a great way to view wildlife and get a closer look at the area’s unique landscapes.

Shark Valley. While there aren’t actually sharks in this area, there’s plenty of other wildlife to watch, including an abundance of alligators. A guided tour is the best way to explore this section of the park. 

Nike Missile Site. Take a ranger-led tour to explore this once-hidden U.S. Army missile base within the park. 

Bonus tip: Just outside of the park you’ll find places to eat, like the Miami Brewing Co. and Robert Is Here fruit stand and market.

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