Naples Florida is the western gateway to the Florida Everglades and the Everglades National Park. Here you will find a unique ecosystem featuring many plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth. Covering most of the southern tip of Florida, The Everglades National Park is the most well-known region of the area, however, The Everglades is home to several other parks and preserves as well as a few small towns such as Everglades City and Chokoloskee Island.
The Everglades National Park is the third largest park in the National Park System in the lower 48 states, covering 2400 square miles.
Wild life watching, photography and other nature-related activities are the most popular things to do in The Everglades. Bird watchers will delight in the over 350 species of documented birds.
Everglades City and Chokoloskee Island are home to Everglades National Park’s Gulf Coast Visitor Center. This is one of the park’s three official entrances with no admission fee. There canoe and kayak rentals available for a reasonable fee. Watch for dolphins and birdlife in the Ten Thousand Islands aboard one of the Everglades National Park Boat Tours, departing from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center. Take a backcountry kayak fishing charter or eco tour along the Paradise Coast Blueway paddling trails or the Everglades Wilderness Waterway with Everglades Area Tours.
Everglades National Park is the perfect destination for those seeking endless outdoor adventures offering activities like hiking, biking, fresh and salt water fishing, and camping in the backcountry.
Where are The Everglades
Everglades National Park is located 45 minutes south of the Hilton Naples Florida Hotels. The Gulf Coast Visitors Center is located at 815 Oyster Bar Lane, Everglades City FL. 239-695-4593
Evergaldes City is “Stone Crab Capital of the World”. Get ‘em fresh in season October 15-May 15 and at February’s annual Everglades Seafood Festival.
- Everglades National Park is the Female alligators will vehemently protect their nests and their young until they reach one to two years of age. Keep your eyes out for baby alligators in the Everglades - they're about a foot long with yellow stripes.
- Everglades National Park holds the largest continuous stand of sawgrass prairie in North America. Deer, apple snails, muskrats, and alligators are just some of the species wildlife that utilizes this habitat for survival.
- Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives.