The Florida Everglades are unlike the landscapes found anywhere else in the world. Everglades National Park encompasses over 1 million acres through three counties. You could easily spend a week in the area, wandering around the national park, paddling out into the water in search for wildlife or just checking out the quirky landmarks nearby. Here are my picks for the best ways to experience the Florida Everglades.
Airboat Tours, Sawgrass Recreation Park
Located near Fort Lauderdale, Sawgrass Recreation Park offers airboat tours through the glades, the quintessential experience. It’s a great place to spot Florida’s wildlife, namely the alligators and manatees.
1006 N. U.S. Highway 27, Weston
Wet Walk Tours, Everglades International Hostel
The area’s best and only eco-hostel not only offers cheap accommodation but also offers tours through the park led by expert local guides for around $30. Everglades Hostel and Tours even offer tours at night!
20 SW 2nd Avenue, Florida City
Self Guided Tour, Everglades National Park
Even if you don’t take a tour from Florida City or even Miami, you can rent a car and drive yourself through the Everglades National Park’s Ernest Coe Visitor Center. There are many points of entry into the park, but admission is $10 per vehicle, which is good for 7 days. Campsites are also available.
Ernest Coe Visitor’s Center, 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead
Other Places to Check Out
Easily one of the state’s most quirky destinations, Coral Castle Museum was built by a man trying to prove his love to a woman. At only five feet, how he created this coral masterpiece is still a mystery.
28655 South Dixie Highway, Miami
Robert is Here Fruit Stand
What started as a small town fruit stand has become a regional sensation. Robert Is Here, Inc. Fruit Stand has some of the most offbeat fruits and delicious smoothies anywhere. It also boasts a petting zoo on site.
19200 SW 344th Street, Homestead
Schnebly Winery & Brewery
If you’re looking for a way to kill a few hours, visit the Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery. For $7, you can get samples of their beers and wines as well as purchase some to take with you.
30205 SW 217 Ave, Homestead