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January 16, 2006
From journal The Anhinga Trail - Everglades National Park
March 8, 2005
From journal Weekend in Miami area
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
March 5, 2005
The marina is a good place to start (next to Flamingo Campground and Lodge). There are two crocodiles that tend to hang around - we spotted them up-close. You can buy snacks, groceries, and other assorted essentials here and there are restrooms.
The trails are well marked. Most of them are boardwalks, and all of them are suited for a hiker of any ability. If you are looking for strenuous, this won't suit you, but if you are looking for peace and uniqueness, this is really nice. One trail on this route has an observation tower (Pa-hay-okee trail) to get a view from above.
We particularly loved the West Lake trail (1/2 mile boardwalk) near the Flamingo Campground. This one takes you through mangrove forests that look like they are from another planet.
The Mahogany Hammock Trail (1/2 mile boardwalk) allows you to see some real mahogany trees, not just the furniture made from them. We also spotted an owl on this trail.
The Anhinga Trail (1/2 mile paved and boardwalk), 4 miles south of the Coe visitor center, is the best trail for viewing alligators of all sizes. You will literally see one every 20 feet (or less), at least in the dry season (February), when we went. It's also the most crowded trail, so don't expect any privacy or solitude on this one. Still, even for us privacy lovers, don't miss this trail to enjoy viewing the wildlife that is unique to the Everglades.
From journal Exploring the Dry Tortugas, Everglades, and Disney
December 1, 2004
After a short wait, we were called to the boat we were taking out. The boats are run by what appears to be an airplane engine mounted high in the back.
The first thing that caught my eye about the Everglades is that it all looks the same. I immediately started wondering how the drivers knew where they were. The everglades are beautiful and vast. We rode around to look for alligators. We were fortunate to see a couple. We also saw several different birds. After the boat ride, we took in the alligator wrestling show. The alligator guy was fearless. You could take pictures with baby alligators. They also had people selling arts and crafts.
From journal Trip to South Florida
November 5, 2004
All in all, this was educational and a nice break from beach. I recommend taking a boat tour in the Everglades, but maybe finding somewhere else to do it other than this place. A longer tour and a more courteous staff may make for a more enjoyable trip. Shell out a few extra bucks and try one of the half-day tours or an alligator farm instead.
From journal Road Trip to Miami
March 26, 2004
From journal Our trip to Ft Lauderdale
January 25, 2004
From journal Dining in Key Largo
November 2, 2003
We were planning on taking a guided boat trip, but had to wait to long before the boat would leave. Instead we rented a small motor boat and adventured out on our own.
The Everglades are a great place to visit. There is an incredible amount of wildlife from various rare plants to unique animals.
On our trip into the Everglades we saw two black dolphins, cranes, a bald eagle, manatees, many ibis, alligators, and all sorts of plants.
If you are going to rent a boat on a nice day make sure to rent one with a canopy as it can get really hot, and some shade is hard to find. Also include insect repellent, a hat, plenty of water, food, and ask for a map of the area. Buy your insect repellent in advance as it is twice as expensive in the local store. October is the best time for the mosquitoes, so you will need it.
Fishing is excellent, so if you like to fish, bring your gear.
You can easily make it a day trip, if you include the visitor center, and make frequent stops underway.
From journal Sea Garden Tennis Resort
March 30, 2003
From journal Fort Lauderdale and vicinity
Saint Paul, Minnesota
December 7, 2002
From journal Exploring from Fort Lauderdale