Safely Enjoy America's Everglades
Plan your trip - as south Florida's subtropical climate brings significant seasonal changes.
Important Safety Precautions
Please keep in mind personal physical fitness levels of all in your party and consider any limitations when planning your outdoor activities including hiking, biking, or paddling in the Everglades.
Please familiarize yourself with the trails before hiking, biking, or paddling.
Bring water (especially in the summer), insect repellent (summer and if you will be in or around heavy vegetation), sunscreen, and proper clothing for the activity you will be doing.
Please keep small children close and under supervision, especially around wildlife and bodies of water. The park is a wild and natural area, and animals move about freely. Exercise even more caution at night.
If traveling with your pet, please be aware that pets are not allowed on most trails in the park.
Do not feed any wildlife that you encounter, including birds.
Mosquitoes are plentiful especially at certain times of the year.
Crocodilians are one of the reasons people visit the park, however, these are wild animals that can be dangerous to humans. Keep a safe and respectable distance of at least 15 feet.
The park's ecosystems support a variety of plant life including some that cause reactions to human skin.
Warning - Vultures May Damage Vehicles
Vultures are attracted to the rubber on vehicles and have been know to cause severe damage to windshields, sun roofs, and windshield wipers. Vultures are a federally protected migratory species and may not be harmed.
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Last updated: January 4, 2021