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Florida Everglades Tour

On this trek through America’s largest wetlands, rediscover a terrain filled with mangroves, crab shacks, and gators.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  It took 13 years (1915–28) to hack out the almost culvert-free road, which effectively dammed up the sheet of shallow water that had... more »

Tips:  Pedestrians beware in Naples: Cars and trucks and motorcycles race along constantly, erratically, apparently heedless of such an... more »

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Points of Interest

The working dock of City Seafood is still authentic and funky as hell, filled with patrons chucking the shells of just-eaten stone crabs into the water.

702 Begonia St.
Everglades City, Florida
United States

(239) 695-4007

2. Everglades National Park

A place full of adventure, the Everglades National Park boasts 2,400 square miles of diverse natural habitats, constituting the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. The park is also home to thousands of wildlife species, most notably tropical wading birds such as the Great Blue Heron. Recreational activities include salt... More

3. Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Throughout the year, biologist Mike Owen conducts guided swamp walks through a 20-mile-long slough filled with a million bald cypress trees, 7,000 royal palms, tropical ferns, bromeliads, otters, Everglades mink, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, the occasional bald eagle, and delicate ghost orchids. This is a cacophony of natural order and visual... More

Ivey House hotel has a modern, eco-lodge vibe with a membership to the Society for Ethical Ecotourism. Opt for one of the en suite rooms in the main building of this storied Everglades mainstay owned by the Harraden family, which also masterminds trips into the park during season (Nov.-Apr.). Guests can take advantage of a twilight kayak... More

On the Big Cypress preserve, Joanie Griffin is known for gator steaks and other rustic staples served at her ornament-crammed eatery.

39395 Tamiami Trl.
Ochopee, Florida
United States

(239) 695-2682

The 1864 property is still the hotel that time and tourism forgot. It’s an Everglades remake of The Shining with hanging alligator skins, stuffed bobcats, and narcoleptic front desk clerks.

200 Riverside Dr., P.O. Box 190
Everglades City, Florida
United States

(239) 695-2101

A half-hour drive from Lake Okeechobee, the 80-year-old Iris Wall, a fifth-generation Cracker, runs the curious Seminole Inn and a nearby ranch with cattle, horses, and a restaurant featuring tasty frog’s legs and fried green tomatoes. The hotel was built, along with most of Indiantown, by Solomon Davies Warfield: part of the lobby is dedicated to... More

Swamp buggies are cheap, jury-rigged affairs of old truck parts and giant tractor tires that have been used for hunting for years. On the racing circuit, they morph into bellowing dinosaurs charging down the straightaway. At the end of the day, the anointed Swamp Buggy Queen, dressed in a gown and tiara, jumps into the cold, muddy water. It’s a... More