The eastern access to Everglades National Park offers the most in recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities. A 38-mile road from the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center to the Flamingo Visitor Center passes a number of trailheads and ends at a waterfront campground and a marina from where you can catch boat tours or rent a vessel of your own to explore. Crocodiles often hang out on the boat launch with their mouths menacingly agape. This is to regulate their temperature, but it’s wise to keep a long distance away regardless.
The Coe Visitor Center outside park gates prepares the family for the habitat and wildlife ahead with hands-on exhibits and orientation videos. Don’t pass by the Royal Palm Visitor Center if you’re looking for gators. The trail takes you around waters thick with the tyrannasaurish behemoths, and you’re likely to see a lot of birds hanging out. At Flamingo, you will also find a seasonal cafÃ©, a store, and winter-time ranger programs.
Hours: Mid-December through mid-April 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Mid-April through mid-December 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily