The Everglades

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  • 1. Dante Fascell Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Go outside on the wide veranda to soak up views across mangroves and Biscayne Bay at this Convoy Point visitor center, which opened in 2002...Read More

  • 2. Fruit & Spice Park

    Garden/Arboretum

    Because it officially qualifies for tropical status, this 37-acre park in Homestead's Redland historic agricultural district is the only public...Read More

  • 3. Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center

    Information Center

    As a sister to the Oasis Visitor Center, the newer Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center on the preserve's western side has abundant information...Read More

  • 4. Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    For taking home swamp memories in stark black and white, you can't do better than picking up a postcard, calendar, or more serious pieces of...Read More

  • 5. Coral Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Driven by unrequited love, Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskalnin (1887–1951) fashioned this attraction along Dixie Highway in the early 1900s out...Read More

  • 6. Elliott Key

    Island

    The largest of the islands, 9 miles east of Convoy Point, Elliott Key has a mile-long loop trail on the bay side at the north end of the campground...Read More

  • 7. Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Get your park map here, 365 days a year, but don't just grab and go; this visitor center's numerous interactive exhibits and films are well...Read More

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    8. Everglades Safari Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A perennial favorite with tour-bus operators, this family-run park open 365 days has an arena, seating up to 300 for shows with alligator wrestling...Read More

    Everglades Safari Park
  • 9. Flamingo

    Information Center

    At the far end of the main road to the Flamingo community along Florida Bay, you'll find a marina (with beverages, snacks, and a gift shop)...Read More

  • Flamingo Visitor Center

    10. Flamingo Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Check the schedule here for ranger-led activities, such as naturalist talks, trail hikes, and evening programs in the 100-seat campground...Read More

    Flamingo Visitor Center
  • 11. Gator Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Here you can get face-to-face with and even touch an alligator—albeit a baby one—during the park's Wildlife Show. You also can squirm in a ...Read More

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  • 12. Gulf Coast Visitor Center

    Information Center

    The best place to bone up on Everglades National Park's watery western side is at this center just south of Everglades City (5 miles south of...Read More

  • 13. Miccosukee Indian Village and Gift Shop

    Native American Site

    Showcasing the skills and lifestyle of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, this cultural center offers craft demonstrations and insight into interaction...Read More

  • 14. Museum of the Everglades

    Museum/Gallery

    Through artifacts and photographs you can meet American Indians, pioneers, entrepreneurs, and anglers playing pivotal roles in southwest Florida...Read More

  • 15. Oasis Visitor Center

    Information Center

    The big attraction at Oasis Visitor Center, on the east side of Big Cypress Preserve, is the observation deck for viewing fish, birds, and other...Read More

  • 16. Ochopee Post Office

    Government Building

    North America's smallest post office is a former irrigation pipe shed on the Tamiami Trail's south side. Blink and you'll risk missing it. To...Read More

  • Royal Palm Visitor Center

    17. Royal Palm Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Ideal for when there's limited time to experience the Everglades, this small center with a bookstore and vending machines permits access to...Read More

    Royal Palm Visitor Center
  • 18. Shark Valley Observation Tower

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    At the Shark Valley trail's end (really, the halfway point of the 15-mile loop), you can pause to navigate this tower, first built in 1984,...Read More

  • 19. Shark Valley Visitor Center

    Information Center

    The old ramshackle outpost has been razed altogether to make room for a nice picnic area, and a new, white, concrete-block building nearby is...Read More

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