Everglades National Park, just 35 miles from Miami, is the third-largest national park in United States. The Everglades are actually a slow moving freshwater "River of Grass," 50 miles wide but only 6 inches deep, flowing from Lake Okeechobee through marshy grassland into Florida Bay. You can explore the wilds of the Everglades alone or on one of many Everglades tours but either way it is good to bring along a good Everglades map and plenty of mosquito repellant.

Florida's Everglades National Park is the largest sub-tropical park of its kind in the United States, and holds a full quarter of that state's wetlands within its borders. The climate, terrain and size make for an outdoor experience of the sort usually only found in foreign lands further south.
Here are some fun facts about the Everglades.

  • There are over 200,000 alligators in the Everglades and 1.5 million in the state of Florida!
  • Alligators live in the coastal plains of the southeastern United States and Central American both natural and man-made freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, and wetland areas.

A male alligator can grow up to 12-13 feet long. A female can grow up to 8-9 feet.Alligators jaws have over 1,000 pounds of closing presser.