Things To Do

Rangers with Bicycles
Ranger Lupe holding Periphyton

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Outdoor Activities

Everglades National Park is the third largest park in the lower 48 states, covering 2,400 square miles!

There is no shortage of activities for individuals, groups, or families to enjoy outdoors. The diverse habitats allow for enjoyable activities ranging from hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking, fresh and saltwater fishing, and camping in the ultimate wilderness.

 

What Activities Can We Do?

See below for suggested activities to participate in during your visit

 
  • Bicycling

    The best bicycling areas are at Shark Valley, the Snake Bight Trail near Flamingo, and along the Long Pine Key Nature Trail.

  • Bird Watching

    Whether you spot a single great blue heron or an entire flock of roseate spoonbills, birdwatching is one of the most rewarding activities in the Everglades.

  • Boating

    Most of the park is only accessible by water making boating a popular way to experience the Everglades. Whether you own a boat, are renting one, or are taking one of the tours that leave from Flamingo and the Gulf Coast, boating brings you closer to the park's wild wonders.

  • Camping

    The Everglades offers both front country camping and backcountry camping. Long Pine Key and Flamingo campgrounds offer drinking water, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and tent and trailer sites. Showers and electric hookups are available at Flamingo. Primitive campsites and beach sites are available through the watery Everglades backcountry.

  • Kayaking & Canoeing

    Gliding silently in a canoe or kayak gives you a wonderful vantage point on the wildlife and vegetation of the Glades. You might even get an up close view of a 'gator! The Wilderness Waterway is 99 miles long takes approximately 7-10 days by canoe or kayak, but many well-marked shorter trails exist.

  • Fishing

    Everglades National Park is a popular spot for saltwater and freshwater sport fishing. Boats can be chartered at Flamingo. Be sure to check a visitor center for park fishing regulations and closed areas.

  • Geocaching

    Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and share their experiences online.

  • Hiking

    In addition to short interpretative trails, there are some longer hiking trails in the park.

  • Ranger-Led Programs

    One of the best ways to learn more about the park is participate in ranger-led activities. Rangers lead hikes, canoe trips, slough slogs, bicycle trips, tram tours, and campfire programs.

  • Slough Slogging

    If you're willing to get your feet wet, off-trail hiking, called slogging, will bring you into closer contact with the park's more elusive species.

  • Tours

    In addition to ranger-led activities, there are other ways to enjoy a guided tour through the park. Concession boat captains narrate boat tours along the mangrove coast at both Flamingo and the Gulf Coast, and Tram Tour naturalists guide your explorations of the Shark River Slough. (Note: Concessioner boat tours and canoe rentals from the Everglades National Park Visitor Center and Marina in Everglades City are unavailable until further notice. The National Park Service is working to resume interpretive boat tours from this site later this year. To see other authorized National Park Service commercial operators within the Gulf Coast and Ten Thousand Islands area, visit our Permitted Tour Guides page.)

  • Trails

    In addition to short interpretative trails, there are some longer hiking trails in the park, these also include water trails.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    There is no shortage of wildlife in the park! From the mighty alligator to the tiny mosquito fish, Everglades National Park boasts freshwater, brackish, and saltwater wildlife species throughout the park. Be sure to ask a park ranger for recent sightings and bring a camera along with you!

 

Partner Programs and Activities

Last updated: May 29, 2019

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Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

(305) 242-7700

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