The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The park is also home to several endangered species like the American crocodile, manatee, and Florida panther. Considered an international treasure, the Everglades has been given recognition as a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.
The park offers various activities for visitors of all ages. Walk along the Anhinga Trail to observe turtles, herons, alligators, and other wildlife. For a bird's eye view of the Everglades, climb the Shark Valley 65-foot observation tower. Tour the Nike Hercules missile base to learn more about the park's history. Take a tour boat or kayak over Florida Bay to see the aquatic creatures of the Everglades like the crocodile, manatee, and dolphin. Bike through the pinelands or paddle through the mangroves on the Nine-Mile Pond. For adventure-seekers hoping to spend more than a day at the Everglades, camp along Wilderness Waterway that stretches 99-miles long across the park.
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