Home to more than 36 threatened or endangered species.
Enclosed in miles of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods the Everglades is home to an abundance of wildlife such as the endangered leather back turtle, Florida panther and West Indian manatee.
.The park is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States, and the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River. An average of one million people visit the park each year.
It is also recognised as the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America and the largest mangrove ecosystem in Western Hemisphere. The Everglades is often referred to as a “swamp”, but in reality it is a giant, slow moving river. Nearly 8 million Floridians rely on the Everglades for their daily water supply.
The Everglades Wilderness Waterway is a 99-milel waterway route within the Park, also known as Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness. Connected by many creeks, rivers, lakes and inner bays, this waterway can be navigated by shallow draft powerboat, kayak or canoe. The official Wilderness Waterway route is 99 miles long, but a traveler can use various additional route options to greatly extend or slightly shorten the trip.
A visit to the Everglades is worth visiting as a family or as an individual - there is certainly a lot to see and do!