If you ever decide to visit a true gem of the United States – Everglades National Park – you must bring your kids along. With such varied wildlife and amazing scenery to observe, spending a weekend or just a single day in Everglades will be a true adventure. No idea where to start with your exploring? That’s why we’re here to offer you a full spectrum of activities for an entire family.
Explore the park via hiking trails
Hiking the trails is one of the best ways to enjoy the wildlife and explore all the beauties of Everglades National Park. One of the best trails that will offer an equal amount of fun to both parents and children is the Mahogany Hammock Trail. You’ll encounter everything from shady trees to relaxed ambiance in this forest boardwalk. When you start looking for a refreshing respite, that’s your way to go. If you’re bringing your kids along, enjoy the walk as you soak up the relaxed ambiance. Prepare to witness birds and lizards living their best life in this national park as towering mahogany trees create a soothing ambiance for everyone.
Book a tour
Not sure how to find the best touring experience in Everglades? You can easily book some of the fun Everglades Tours online and make the most of your trip. For instance, you can go on a cruise to see everything there is to be seen in Everglades. From a 60-minute cruise to 1 hour, 4-5 hours, full-day and even night cruises, Everglades Boat Tours will allow you to have the time of your life. You can spot alligators, turtles, deer, wild hogs, racoons, otters, snakes and much more as you sit back and relax. A well-maintained airboat will offer the most magnificent views of the surrounding areas even exceeding all of your expectations.
Visit the Shark Valley
Shark Valley is another must-see location in Everglades National Park. Fear not, no sharks will be in your vicinity. All you can hope for are astounding views and breathtaking scenery. You can go by tram, cycle, or hike across the stunning wetlands this weekend. Get ready to see alligators, dozens of birds and 40 mammal species on your little tour.
Explore Buttonwood Canal
Fulfill your family vacation in the Everglades by exploring Buttonwood Canal. Feel free to bring kids along because savvy guides and a bevy of animals will make their tour unforgettable. Take a backcountry 2-hour boat tour to see a slew of wildlife, including manatees, dolphins and alligators. Touring the Buttonwood Canal is best suited for children ages 6 and above.
With over 347 avians, bird watching will be a true delight in Everglades National Park. Pick the dry season for bird watching because that’s the time birdlife concentrates mostly around the permanent bodies of water, so you’ll have no trouble spotting them. To catch the best view, visit the Anhinga Trail. The Anhinga i.e., the water turkey is one of Florida’s most distinctive birds which swims with only its head above water. Other birds to look for in the Everglades include Sora, Smooth-Billed Ani, Least Bittern, Great White Heron, Osprey, Herons, Bald Eagles, and the bird the Everglades is known for – the roseate spoonbill.
Visiting Everglades National Park with kids will be unforgettable. As long as you go on hiking trails, pick some of the exciting tours and do bird watching, you’ll have the time of your life. Feel free to mingle with other tourists and share experiences, so you may end up finding out about some other interesting spots to go to on your Everglades exploring adventure.
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