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Everglades National Park

There’s no other ecosystem in the world where alligators and crocodiles live together than in the Everglades National Park. As the largest subtropical wilderness in the US, The Everglades is recognized globally as a Wetland of International Importance, a World Heritage Site, and an International Biosphere Reserve, one of three places on the planet with all three classifications.

Plan a trip to southern Florida and hop on an airboat to explore this rare destination. Zoom through the shallow marshes and miles of swampland to view wildlife like gators, deer, the Florida Panther, and manatees. Take advantage of the Shark Valley Tram Tours through the River of Grass, or a tour of the Ten Thousand Islands. Kayak, canoe, and fish in the waterways, or hike and bike through endless boardwalk trails, all while exploring the nature that surrounds you. Whether you seek a wild ride on the water or a low-key spot to catch fish, the choice is yours in the Everglades.

Shark Valley Visitor Center

Located off the Tamiami Trail in south Florida, the Shark Valley Visitor Center welcomes all Miami area guests headed to explore the Everglades National Park. The center offers educational displays, a park video, access to an underwater local camera, and plenty of souvenirs available for purchase at the gift store.

Two short walking trails off accessible at the center and guests can purchase snacks, rent bikes, and embark on guided tram tours. The center is open from 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., seven days a week.

Skunk Ape Research Center

Located in the Big Cypress National Preserve near Naples and on the southwestern Florida Gulf Coast, the Skunk Ape Research headquarters offers its visitors detailed information on the legendary "skunk ape" patroling the Florida Everglades.

Guests at the research center embark on expeditions into the Everglades National Park to hunt the skunk ape and participate in thrilling airboat rides, swamp walks, riding on swamp buggies, and more.