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Everglades NP


Park Activities


Bicycling is permitted along the main park roads, on the Shark Valley tram road, on the Old Ingraham Highway, on Long Pine Key Nature Trail, and on the Snake Bight and Rowdy Bend trails at Flamingo. See individual trail descriptions for details.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in the park requires a special use permit. Contact the chief ranger's office at 305-242-7700 for more information.


As most of Everglades National Park is designated wilderness, motorized vehicles are permitted only on the main park road. Pets are not permitted on any trail.


Everglades National Park has many miles of hiking and biking trails:
156 miles (251 km) of trails, including canoe trails
5 miles (8 km) of surfaced trails
1 mile (1.6 km) of elevated boardwalk trails (the Anhinga Trail, Pahayokee Overlook, Mahogany Hammock, Eco Pond, West Lake, and Shark Valley)


Canoes and small motor boats can be rented in Flamingo or Everglades City.
TIP: Canoes have the advantage that you don't scare potential alligators away with the noise of the motor. A boat trip is kind of adventurous and many birds and sometimes even the mentioned alligator can be seen.

Everglades National Park Boat Tours: Offers narrated boat tours of the Ten-Thousand Islands from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center. Operates everyday, year-round. Canoe rentals are also available to explore nearby waterways. Contact: 239-695-2591

Flamingo Lodge, Marina, and Outpost Resort: The Flamingo Lodge and Marina sustained significant damage due to Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005. Lodging and restaurant facilities are unavailable.
The marina store is open. Boat tours are available on a limited basis, and visitors are encouraged to phone ahead for schedules. Offers canoe rentals, as well as boat tours through the Florida Bay and Whitewater Bay areas of the park. Reservations are strongly recommended during the busy dry season. Contact: 239-695-3101

Also from Everglades City and Naples start some sightseeing tours.
Even off US 41 north of the Everglades start Airboot-Rides. But the noise is so extreme that visitors rarely see any wildlife.

Shark Valley Tram Tours

Offers guided two-hour narrated tram tours along a fifteen-mile loop in the heart of the "River of Grass". Tours depart from the Shark Valley Visitor Center and provide a great opportunity to see wildlife, while escaping the heat and bugs of the wet season. Bicycles are also available for rent. Reservations are strongly recommended for the dry season. Contact: 305-221-8455


Panther Crossing Road Sign
Panther Crossing Road Sign



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