Everglades National Park is a wetland preserve on the southern point of the U.S. state of Florida. Often compared to a broad, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, pine flat woods and sawgrass marshes that are home to hundreds of animal varieties. Among the Everglades’ abundant wildlife are the threatened leatherback turtle, Florida panther, and West Indian manatee. The Everglades national park is heaven for enthusiasts of the great outdoors, with loads of nature to see, tons of trails for hikers, and sailing, snorkeling and diving for water sports fans – plus beachcombing and resting for those who require a ‘proper’ holiday. Here are some fun things to do in Port Everglades.
Fun things to do in Port Everglades Florida
Take the road from Homestead to Flamingo
The main street through Everglade’s national park has called “38 miles of nothing”, but that’s way off the mark. The route passes through all significant natural habitat, including fire-shaped pinelands, cypress domes, sawgrass marshes, sloughs and mangroves before ending at the campground on Florida Bay. Drive slowly, often stop (there are many hiking trails, boardwalks, and search towers) and see for wildlife. At the Anhinga Trail boardwalk, you can see alligators and wade birds at the exhilaratingly close range, while the boardwalk around Mahogany Hammock winds through a West Indian hardwood forest that includes the most massive living mahogany tree in the United States.
West from Shark Valley is Everglades City, the launch site for a visit to the Ten Thousand Islands – a mosaic of mangrove isles – and the Wilderness Waterway. Recommended for canoes, kayaks, and small powerboats, the Wilderness Waterway is a 100-mile marked boat trail through mangrove-lined creeks, rivers, lagoons and open bays, which ends (or begins) in Flamingo. The Turner River Canoe Trail, which starts on the Tamiami Trail and ends on Chokoloskee Island, is an excellent day trip. You’ll see birds, alligators, manatees, sea turtles and there is excellent fishing.
If you need any transportation for travel to and from Port Everglades, Florida Shuttle Transportation is one of the best reliable services in Florida.
Remote and beautiful, Dry Tortugas National Park is nearby to Cuba than it is to the American mainland, and is attainable only by seaplane and boat. The park contains a tiny archipelago of seven islets – the farthest limit of the Florida Keys and 100 square miles of slight, tropic water; the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. Among the islands are sea-grass accommodations and coral reefs, and on the islands are seabird colonies, contains more than 100,000 sooty terns on Bush Key. White-sand shores host nesting sea turtles, which gave the islands their name: Tortugas. On Garden Key, a lighthouse warns boats off the rocky shoals and Fort Jefferson, the most extensive all-masonry fort in the United States, attracts international attention. The park is accessible for day tours or overnight camping (there are ten sites on Garden Key). Because of the nesting terns, Bush Key closed to the public from March to September; to preserve nesting sea turtles. Take your water: there is no fresh water, hence the “Dry” in the islands’ name.