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How to Spend 2 Days in Everglades National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Everglades National Park

Home to more than 700 species of wildlife and a vast network of rivers and hiking trails, it’s easy to see why Everglades National Park is a top draw for both nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. Two days allows enough time to explore the park’s wildly diverse ecosystems by land and water. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

Day 1: Hit the Trails

**Morning:**Everglades National Park is within 2 hours’ driving distance of Miami, Fort Myers, Naples, and West Palm Beach, so it makes an easy day trip from almost anywhere in southern Florida. Get oriented first thing at the Shark Valley Visitor Center, where you can catch a tram to an observation tower for panoramic views of the UNESCO-listed wetlands.

**Afternoon:**Head north to the Big Cypress National Preserve, a popular spot for hiking right smack in the middle of the park. Join a guided hiking tour to learn about the distinct ecosystems of the everglades and get help spotting resident reptiles and wading birds.

**Night:**Watch the sunset transform the everglades’ marshes into a spectacular display of colors, and listen as nocturnal creatures emerge from the forests. Depending on where you’re staying, stop in either Miami or Everglades City for dinner after leaving the park.

Day 2: Wild Waters, Dark Skies

**Morning:**Since the park is made up mostly of wetlands, it’s best explored by boat. Take to the water this morning on an airboat tour, a popular way to cover lots of ground on a high-speed, fan-powered ride. Onboard nature guides are experts at spotting alligators and crocodiles sliding beneath the water's surface (the Florida everglades is the only place in the world where both species coexist). 

**Afternoon:**After lunch in Chokoloskee, grab a paddle and join a kayak tour of the Ten Thousand Islands, hopping off to explore Barrier Island Beach. It's an eco-friendly way to access remote areas of the park and look for marine animals such as dolphins and manatees. 

**Night:**Thanks to its remote location, Ten Thousand Islands is one of the best spots in the everglades for stargazing. Look up for a spectacular viewing of natural lightscapes; if visiting near the new moon, you may get an especially clear view of the Milky Way. Heading back toward Miami, Flamingo is another ideal spot free from most light pollution.

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Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride

Crystal River Tour with Manatee Swim and Everglades Airboat Ride

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Spend a day in one of central Florida’s natural manatee habitats on this guided cruise and Everglades airboat adventure. Begin with a boat ride on the Crystal River. Then, swim and snorkel in an area known for manatee sightings, and before an exciting airboat tour on the Withlacoochee River. Visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of the best places in the state to watch manatees, as well as other animals, such as bears, panthers, and alligators. Breakfast and a picnic lunch, plus an Orlando-area hotel pickup and drop-off are all included.
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  • 12 hours
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Everglades Family Adventure Tour from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

Everglades Family Adventure Tour from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

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Escape to the Florida Everglades from the Greater Fort Myers area on this guided airboat adventure at Everglades Day Safari. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the marshes and swamps of the Western Everglades while looking for wildlife, namely birds and alligators. In fact, per acre, there are more alligators here than anywhere else in the world. This tour includes an interactive reptile show. Hotel transport included from select locations.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Everglades National Park Expedition

Everglades National Park Expedition

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Discover the beauty and diversity of Everglades National Park on an exciting wildlife boat tour from Fort Myers. In a small group, travel deep into the sleepy wetlands of the Everglades’ Ten Thousand Islands to learn about rare local flora and spot native animals. Spend time with an expert guide, learning about the unique ecosystem and snapping photos of alligators, sea turtles, manatees, native birds and more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Everglades National Park

Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Everglades National Park

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Escape to the wilderness of the Florida Everglades on this small-group eco-adventure. Explore a variety of lush landscapes by foot, kayak and boat looking for dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, bald eagles and more. Hike along the beach, dunes and mangrove swamps. Kayak to Barrier Island Beach — no kayaking experience necessary. And take a boat ride through some of the most remote areas of the park. It’s the ultimate Everglades experience rolled into one unique, half-day adventure.
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3 Hour Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour

3 Hour Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour

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Discover the exotic beauty of the Everglades’ mangrove forest on a kayaking eco-tour. Spend time winding through sleepy creeks and under mangrove canopies, getting up-close views of resident herons, alligators, ducks, otters and more. With an expert guide, learn kayaking technique and enjoy exploring this unusual wetlands setting.
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  • 3 hours
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Florida Everglades Night Airboat Tour near Fort Lauderdale

Florida Everglades Night Airboat Tour near Fort Lauderdale

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Explore Everglades National Park on this airboat tour at night at Sawgrass Recreation Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades at night. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour (64 kph) while keeping your eyes peeled for alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This tour includes daytime entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and admission to the Reptile, Glades, and Exotic Wildlife exhibits.
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Miami Day Trip with Optional Everglades Airboat Ride or Star Island Cruise

Miami Day Trip with Optional Everglades Airboat Ride or Star Island Cruise

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Enjoy two of Florida’s most popular destinations — Miami and the Florida Everglades — on this full-day trip from Orlando. Look for alligators and other wildlife on an airboat adventure through Everglades National Park. Then head to the beaches of Miami and shop till you drop at Bayside Marketplace, upgrade for a leisurely cruise on Biscayne Bay and spend time in the Art Deco district of South Beach. Pickup and drop-off from select locations, plus a delicious continental breakfast to go are included.
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  • 15 hours
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1-Hour Air boat Ride and Nature Walk with Naturalist in Everglades National Park

1-Hour Air boat Ride and Nature Walk with Naturalist in Everglades National Park

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Explore the Everglades National Park with a naturalist guide, including an airboat ride and a nature walk, on this half-day tour. Learn about the area ecosystems and view alligators and local birdlife. On the smaller air boat, travel way out far from land and become immersed in the culture and remote beauty of the Native way of life, including a stop to a Native tree island village or two. A narrated scenic drive led by the master naturalist and round-trip transportation from your hotel or the port in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami included.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours
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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure plus Miami Biscayne Bay Cruise

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure plus Miami Biscayne Bay Cruise

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Escape to the wilderness of the Florida Everglades and cruise along Biscayne Bay on this guided, half-day adventure from Miami. This exciting, 6-hour combo tour includes a narrated airboat ride through the unique ecosystem of the Everglades. Enjoy the scenery and look for Florida’s abundant wildlife, especially alligators. After the airboat ride, walk a jungle trail and enjoy an alligator show at Everglades National Park. Then return to Miami and cruise the crystal clear waters of Biscayne Bay. See the sun-splashed Miami skyline, Miami Beach and more. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 6 hours
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Everglades Airboat Safari

Everglades Airboat Safari

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Explore Everglades National Park on a thrilling airboat ride through the Everglades. On this half-day adventure, ride under the mangrove tunnels and through marsh grass, and see wildlife such as alligators, turtles, deer, and birds in their natural habitat. After the boat ride, enjoy some free time to explore the various alligator exhibits.
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  • 5 hours
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