The Everglades is full of unique ecosystems that can't be found outside of South Florida. One of these being Westlake. Westlake is the site where salt water from different tidal estuaries mixes with the fresh water of the Everglades, creating an unusual mangrove of salt-resistant trees and extensive amounts of marine life. The trees provide nutrients galore for all of the water creatures, which have rightly turned Westlake into a breeding haven for shrimp, tarpon, oysters, and other small animals.
This area is usually being studied by scientists and students, in order to get a good look at how the food chain works. Westlake is a almost a science class in progress. Westlake may be a well-kept natural habitat, but it will still send you home pretty wet and tired. The wet and damp mangroves can be explored via overhead boardwalks, but be prepared to get a bit wet anyway.