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Everglades National Park


Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

Photo courtesy Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

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:

Though Shark Valley is the most family-friendly, and the closest to Miami, you may opt for one of three other Everglades visitor centers. Read about the them on the Visitor Centers Page


Visit their Things To Do Page for a current listing of Guided Walks, Boat Cruises and Tram Tours, and information on canoe and bike rentals. You'll also find information about Alternative Tours, Fishing, Trails, Camping, and more.

Get a free tour of the Everglades when you purchase the Go Miami Card. Tour includes admission and an airboat ride.


Note that the park is full of alligators - pay attention when there is an "alligator warning" sign and take special care with young children.


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