Florida has some of the richest biodiversity in the United States. We’ve talked about the Florida Keys and coral reef preservations. It’s time we talked about the biggest nature preserve in Florida – The Florida Everglades National Park.
The Everglades National Park was founded in 1947 in order to preserve the natural beauty and biodiversity of Florida. Previously home to Native tribes called the Calusa, Seminole, and Miccosuke, the land was untouched until the government began draining sections to construct roads and communities. Conservation efforts were eventually successful with aid of Congress in 1934.
The Everglades National Park consists of 1.5 million acres of wetlands, mangroves, and pinelands. Visitors can hike and bike trails or paddle along the banks. The everglades are home to thirty-nine native florida species who are listed as endangered or threatened such as the florida panther, american crocodile, and West Indian Manatee. Everglades National Park is also home to 180 plant and animal species that are threatened or endangered. It is important while visiting to give the wildlife space. They can roam freely just
as you can, so know the boundaries and learn from being so close to so many amazing species.
With a rising global temperature and rising sea levels, Everglades National Park is being threatened. Animals and plantlife are failing to adapt at the rate of this change and are thus entering the endangered list. See what you can do to help here!
There are a plethora of activities to do while visiting. Some will get you up close and personal with nature such as slough slogging or an off trail hike for those not afraid to get their feet wet! You can also hike, camp, boat, kayak, canoe, bike, bird watch and more! An especially cool activity to try while you’re visiting is Geocaching. By using GPS you will be able to treasure hunt and see all the wildlife at the same time! Get the dull list of activities here.
Where to Dock
We have two marinas within close proximity to Everglades National Park. Check them out here and book your slips today to take a deep dive into Florida’s natural wonder.
Port of the Islands Marina
Everglades Isle RV Resort & Marina
Everglades City, Florida