Start your adventure at Shark Valley Visitor Center, where you can bike, walk, or take a tram ride along a 15-mile paved road and see alligators, turtles, and birds.
Experience the marine life of the park at Theater of the Sea, an educational and entertaining park where you can watch dolphin and sea lion shows, swim with dolphins, and snorkel with tropical fish.
For a short but scenic hike, head to Anhinga Trail, an 0.8-mile round-trip trail that takes you through marshland and boardwalks. Look out for the anhinga, a large water bird with a turkey-like tail.
For a thrilling ride, hop on an airboat and zip through the water lily-covered waters of the park. You’ll get to see the sawgrass prairies and mangrove swamps up close and hear stories from local guides.
Explore the coastal side of the park at Ten Thousand Islands, a wildlife refuge for thousands of water birds. You can kayak, canoe, or boat through the maze of islands and enjoy the views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Visit Flamingo Visitor Center, the gateway to the Florida Bay and the southernmost point of the park. You can rent a canoe or kayak and paddle along the mangrove-lined trails or join a ranger-led tour.
Stop by Royal Palm Visitor Center, where you can access several short hiking trails that showcase the diversity of the park. You can walk under canopy trees, over marshes, and along creeks.
For a more immersive experience, stay overnight at one of the park’s campgrounds. You can choose from drive-in sites, walk-in sites, or backcountry sites. You’ll need a permit and reservations for some sites.
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