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Day Trip to the Everglades Ideas

Updated on October 29, 2013

I admit it. Going down to Miami for spring breaks, my only "plans" usually involved boozing, fist pumping, and laying out on the beach, hungover. Those days are a big blur of good times but looking back at my trips to Miami, one day sticks out and that's the day we decided to do something completely different and went on a day trip to the Everglades.

Are you in Miami Beach and planning on doing a day trip somewhere far away from all the craziness? You should totally consider going to the Everglades National Park where the stillness, beauty, and animals will mesmerize you. Keep reading for ideas of different things to do in the Everglades, how to get there, and where to eat.

This is the image most people hold of touring the Everglades - on an air boat.  You also have other options such as kayaking!
This is the image most people hold of touring the Everglades - on an air boat. You also have other options such as kayaking! | Source

Things to do in the Everglades

You have plenty of options of things to do in the Everglades. Below is a list for you to pick and choose from:

  • Airboat (aka fanboat) ride through the "river of grass"
  • Kayaking through gator filled
  • Checking out the fauna and flora along the Anhinga Trail
  • Holding a baby alligator at the alligator farm
  • Enjoying the sunset on the river
  • Bottleneck dolphin watching
  • Charter fishing

Images of Blue Herons

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Miami to the Everglades

How do you get to the Everglades from Miami Beach? Well, you essentially have two options:

  1. Driving
  2. Taking a guided tour

My friends and I chose the latter. We needed to have someone keep up in check and plan our itinerary. Plus, the tour included a hotel pick-up and drop-off so I was completely sold!

Facts on Everglades

Impress your friends with some fun facts about the Everglades, including:

  • The Everglades National Park is the third largest national park in the continental US.
  • It's the largest sub-tropical wilderness in North America.
  • Mangroves refer to salt-tolerant trees and in the Everglades, they grow on about ten thousand islands, hence the name "10,000 Islands".
  • The Calusa Indians were the main tribe in the area.

What to Pack for a Trip to the Everglades

So you've decided to venture outside while it's light out? Bravo! Don't forget to bring the following items:

  • Sunglasses, for sure
  • Bug spray
  • A hat
  • Long pants
  • A camera
  • Boots, if you're planning on walking along the trail
  • A guide book

You will definitely come across wild alligator, amongst many other creatures when in the Everglades
You will definitely come across wild alligator, amongst many other creatures when in the Everglades | Source

Restaurants in the Everglades

When you get hungry, you have a couple of grub options. There's:

  • City Seafood, a charming dockside dining restaurant serving their catch of the day, including stone crab claws, gator meat, scallops, and frog-legs. All to be enjoyed as you have nothing to do buy enjoy the fresh food, friendly service, and boats passing by.
    Address: 702 Begonia St, Everglades City.
  • Camellia Street Grill, is another restaurant you may want to consider in Everglades City. It has a nautical theme, outdoor seating by the river, and great seafood options.
    Address: 202 Camellia St, Everglades City.
  • Habana Cafe is the spot for you if you're looking for some ethic Cuban food and a fun environment. The venue can be a bit hard to find so just look for the pink building next to the post office.
    Address: 801 S Copeland Ave, Chokoloskee.

Everglades Adventures

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A markerEverglades National Park -
Everglades National Park, 40001 State Highway 9336, Homestead, FL 33034, USA
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B markerCollins Ave., Miami Beach -
Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA
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The typical address on a stay in Miami

C markerCity Seafood Restaurant -
Begonia St, Everglades, FL 34139, USA
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D markerCamellia Street Grill -
202 Camellia St W, Everglades, FL 34139, USA
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E markerHabana Cafe -
801 Copeland Ave, Everglades, FL 34139, USA
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    • trusouldj profile image

      trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

      Simply beautiful. I so envy you. :)

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Hi Peggy! Those airboats are great and I hope you'll get a chance to take one and see the abundance of wildlife in the Everglades. Thanks a lot for adding this hub to your latest one!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I would love to experience taking one of those air boats which glide over the water on a tour someday and get to see some of the wild animals that live in the Everglades. I have added a link from this hub to my latest one regarding The Water World of the 3 National Parks in Florida. This will give people an idea of what they can do while visiting there. Up, useful and interesting votes. Thanks for writing this!

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks for sharing your story, VirginiaLynn. Kayaking or canoeing around does sound like an awesome way to explore the Everglades and when I make it back there, I’ll try that. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

      We lived in Central Florida for a year and later after moving to TX took a family vacation to the Everglades. We now regret we did not spend the money for some of the boat trips. We did love going to the alligator farms and kayaking or canoeing all over--that is probably the best way to get up close and personal! The birds in South Florida are absolutely amazing too.