Everglades National Park is 1.5 million acres and is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. It is also a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve.
The real attractions in the Everglades is the wildlife.
There are numerous protected species like the manatee and the Florida Panther. It is also a bird watchers paradise with over 360 species of birds that have been identified here.
Everglades is very accessible to the public as there is 5 visitor centers, three main entrances with easy access by car and several major airports close by. There is also several hiking trails, canoeing trails, water access and even a tram ride at the Shark Valley Visitor Center. You can easily spend several hours visiting the Anhinga Trail staring at the river of grass, viewing the countless wildlife, take in a Ranger led program and visit a visitor center.
There is a wet summer season and a dry winter season at the Everglades. Each season has its own beauty but be prepared to be taken away by mosquitos during the wet season. I can still clearly remember the numerous Great Egrets all around during the summer season and had the whole place to ourselves! I have seen much more wildlife in the dry winter season and find it to be much more enjoyable because of this. It does however mean there can be crowds in the popular parts of the park. I like to cruise and the winter is a great time to getaway to the Caribbean. This provides opportunity to visit the Everglades before and after a cruise and two different chances to see wildlife.
The Everglades is a must for all outdoor enthusiasts and it is a guarantee you will want to come back once you get a taste of this incredible park and all it has to offer.