Make on the park's four visitor centers your first stop here. The best way to see the park is to take time to walk the boardwalks and trails along the main park road to join in ranger-led events. Naturalists give talks and lead hikes, canoe trips, tram tours, and campfire programs. At Everglades City the Gulf Coast Visitor Center is the park's western saltwater getaway. Narrated boat tours explore pristine Ten Thousand Islands and coastal mangrove. At Shark Valley the wildlife-viewing tram tour through sawgrass prairie includes a stop at a 65-foot tower for spectacular views.
The park has four main areas and three entrances located in different cities around South Florida. View the map of the Everglades to get a better idea of different regions of the Everglades.
Find directions here: http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm
Shark Valley is in the very heart of the Everglades. From the visitor center, walk bike, or take a narrated tram ride along the 15-mile loop road into Shark River Slough, the main drainage channel through the park. Alligators, wading birds, turtles, deer, river otters, and raccoons are frequently seen along the Shark Valley Road.
Chekika *Currently Closed
This recreation area offers picnic tables and grills beside a pond and a trail through a hardwood hammock.
Royal Palm is the departure point for two interpretive walks: the Anhinga Trail and the Gumbo Limbo Trail. Expect to see plenty of wildlife along the Anhinga Trail, a world famous boardwalk trail bordering Taylor Slough. The Gumbo Limbo Trail is a paved path through a hardwood hammock. On your ride to Flamingo there are many trails to explore in between.
Flamingo features a visitor center, restaurant, campground, picnic area, small store and marina. Services offered at the marina include boat launching ramps, canoe and small boat rentals, charter fishing boats, and regularly scheduled sightseeing boat trips.
From the Gulf Coast Visitor Center the town of Everglades City, take a boat -- your own or a scheduled sightseeing boat tour -- to explore the vast mangrove estuary of the Ten Thousand Islands.