About Everglades National Park:
While it is not recommended to battle the mosquitoes during the summer, the Everglades is an essential destination for children and adults at any other time of year.
Make reservations ahead for a two-hour tram tour starting at the Shark Valley Visitor Center. This is the most family-friendly of the visitor centers. You will see plenty of alligators, birds, and other wildlife. The Bobcat Boardwalk is an easy ¼ mile trail that kids will enjoy.
Adults and older children can choose from a wide range of hiking trails, fishing spots, and camping. Airboat rides are also offered nearby.
Shark Valley Visitor Center Address:
U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) 25 miles west of the Florida Turnpike from exit 25 (S.W. 8th St.)
Everglades National Park Web Site
Shark Valley Hours:
8:30 am – 5 pm (Dec - Mar)
9:15 am – 5:15 pm (Apr - Nov)
Open 365 days
Other Visitor Centers:
Get a free tour of the Everglades when you purchase the Go Miami Card. Tour includes admission and an airboat ride.