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Everglades National Park, Florida
Everglades National Park is one of the largest and most well-known of America's national parks. It bestows federal protection to a comparatively small section around Florida's southeastern corner. In the park, the vital links holding the Everglades together are seen everywhere: the cycle of wet and dry seasons, the tree islands that provide protection to animals, and the fishing colonies.
The Flamingo section of the park - at the end of the main park road - holds virtually everything that makes the Everglades so special. Spend a day or two in this southerly portion of the park and you will begin to grasp the complex ecology of this park. The Florida Bay Cruise, a must for bird watchers, is a ninety minute trip through the marine feeding and nursery grounds of Florida Bay.
A mile east of the Miccousukee Indian Village, visitors can go to Shark Valley. From here, you can see the vast sawgrass plains that stretch as far as the eye can see. The valley is best seen by renting a bike and riding the fifteen mile loop road. A highly informative two hour tram tour is also available. The tram tour stops frequently to view the amazing wildlife.
The park is open all year, but the best time to visit is winter.. At this time, ranger-led activities are frequent and mosquitoes are bearable. In summer, park activities are reduced and afternoon storms frequently flood the prairies.