Gators galore: The 15-mile loop road from the small visitor center here to a 16-foot concrete observation tower guarantees alligator sightings. They often lie very close to the road, which might make parents a little nervous about hiking or biking the loop. In that case, opt for the tram tour. You will often see river otters along the way, and a naturalist narrates with tidbits about the wetland environment you’ll experience.
Visitor Center Hours: Mid-December through mid-April 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Mid-April through mid-December 9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. daily