The Dry Season
The Everglades are mild and pleasant from December through April, with low humidity and clear skies. Temperatures reach average highs of 77°F and lows of 53°F. Though strong cold fronts may occasionally create near freezing conditions, such events are rare in this subtropical climate.
Dry conditions and lower temperatures bring about significant changes in the Everglades landscape. More troublesome insects, such as mosquitoes and biting flies, become virtually non-existent in most areas of the park. As water levels drop during the dry season, large numbers of animals congregate around remnant water holes, making wildlife viewing an easy endeavor. Birding is exceptional too, as many species winter in the relative warmth of the South Florida wilds.
Owing to both an abundance of wildlife and comfortable conditions, the dry season is the time of highest visitation in the Everglades. One can expect to find crowds of people at some of the more popular destinations, though opportunities for solitude are diverse and plentiful. During this time, a wide array of ranger programs and tours are offered. Those planning a visit during the dry season are encouraged to make reservations in advance for camping, lodging, and tours.
Did You Know?
In the 1800s John James Audubon noted that the sky was often darkened by the flocks of numerous birds above. Since the early 20th century, around 93% of the wading bird population has vanished. Much of the wildlife left in south Florida depends on Everglades National Park for a home.