Everglades National Park in sunny Florida is another national park that you may not find covered in beautiful snow during the winter, but you will find an extraordinary experience nonetheless. Much like Big Bend in Texas, the great thing about the Everglades is that not much changes during the winter. What does vary is the temperature, and you’ll find winter to be a more pleasant 70-something degrees, without the high humidity and abundant bugs of the warmer weather. Especially when travelling with children, winter is a great bet for taking in some of the best the southeastern United States has to offer.
The Everglades will be much more pleasant in winter, with mosquitoes all but gone and the aforementioned pleasant weather. The animals also respond well to the change in climate. You will be able to spot alligators digging their nesting holes, as the dry winter season results in lower water levels. These receded shorelines also cause other animals to gather in the now fewer wet spots. The park is teeming with birds from up and down the eastern seaboard who are not permanent park residents, but migrated south for the winter. This is the best time of year to spot many of the park’s native species and these visiting birds as well. Rangers lead starlit walks along the famed Anhinga Trail within the Royal Palm area of the park. Here you’ll spot frogs, fireflies and gators quietly blending into the night. You may also enjoy canoeing in the Flamingo Area, or hikes through the tree islands in the Shark Valley Area. Unlike other parks we’ve covered recently, the Everglades are actually busier in winter (the peak season is November-April) so you may want to reserve things like tours, rentals and campgrounds in advance. Booking can easily be made online.
Be sure to check the park’s guide to planning your visit for all sorts of useful information to help get the ball rolling. You might also want to check out the operating hours and seasons, as well as a guide to fees and passes (though you should note there are free admission days you can take advantage of).
If you’d like to learn more, visit Everglades National Park’s Official Site.
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