The Everglades are extraordinary, covering more than a million
acres at the tip of southern Florida. The habitats within the park
are quite diverse, ranging from the marine and estuarine areas of
Florida Bay to pinelands, hardwood hammocks, and vast sawgrass
marshes and freshwater sloughs. There are numerous hiking and canoe
trails, boardwalks, and interpretive displays, in addition to two
Anhinga Trail over Taylor Slough at Royal Palm is a good place to
watch anhingas nest in the spring, as well as year-round viewing of
herons, egrets, double-crested cormorants, white ibis, American
alligators, turtles, snakes, and fish. The Gumbo Limbo trail offers
a look at a tropical hardwood hammock and its inhabitants
recovering from Hurricane Andrew. Eco Pond near Flamingo is a good
place to observe herons, white ibis, roseate spoonbills, white-eyed
vireos, red-shouldered hawks, and numerous species of butterflies.
From the Flamingo visitor Center, look out into Florida Bay,
particularly at low tide in the winter, to see white pelicans,
gulls, terns, shorebirds, white herons, reddish egrets, and other
birds along the fringe of the bay and on a sandbar a few hundred
yards out into the bay.
National Park Service
Take Florida's Turnpike south to its end in Florida City.
Turn right on SW 344 Street (Palm Drive), follow signs on Florida
Highway 9336 to Everglades National Park.
Florida Wildlife Sites