Everglades National Park is the third largest National Park in the continental United States, third only to Yellowstone and Death Valley. It also has, within its boundaries, the largest wilderness tract east of the Mississippi. Unlike many other parks which preserve impressive natural features like mountains or canyons, Everglades was set aside in 1979 to protect its biodiversity. The Everglades are home to 350 species of birds, 300 species of fish, 50 species of reptiles and 40 mammal species. Included in these numbers are the endangered Florida panther, and the American crocodile, which is only found in the Everglades. In addition to its National Park status, the Everglades is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the International Biosphere Reserve. It’s a remarkable place.

I have visited the Everglades many times, and always enjoyed myself there. There are always alligators out and about and hundreds upon hundreds of birds. On this visit I went in the east entrance all the way to the beautiful boat harbor at Flamingo, across the Tamiami trail, and down to Everglades City and the 1000 Islands as well. I was hoping to do an overnight kayaking trip, but the weather was threatening, so that will have to wait until next time. While it was fairly dry during my visit, the area will get extremely wet during the frequent summer rainstorms. I prefer the less buggy winter months though. I love getting out and doing airboat rides in the Everglades, and my favorite place to do them from is Everglades Alligator Farm outside the east entrance. To be fair though, I’ve gone with half a dozen different companies in my life, and never had a bad airboat ride. Inside the park, I particularly liked the Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo Trails near the east entrance. They have lots of wildlife and some pretty awesome trees to check out as well. The trails were flat and pretty easily accessible as well.

I hope you enjoy these photos from the Everglades, and I hope you can get out and explore them for yourself.

This post is a part of my In Focus series which focuses on the truly spectacular National Parks of the United States. These parks are our greatest treasures, and are remarkable and memorable places to visit. In order to see more posts in this series, go to the footer of this website and type “in focus” into the search bar.

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