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Everglades National Park - Homestead, FL
Pictures & a video clip from a visit to the Everglades National Park located in Homestead, Miami-Dade county, Florida.

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Everglades Park Map
Main Park Road Trail
Tamiami Trail Map

The Everglades National Park was established in 1947 and covers about 1.5 million acres of Florida's southwestern tip.

Most of the park is covered by a freshwater river with cattails, mangrove trees, bulrush and other marsh vegetation.

Some of the recreation options available at the Everglades National Park include hiking trails, fishing, boating, camping, wildlife viewing, boat tours, kayaking, canoeing, bicycling, and tram tours.

We entered the park via the city of Homestead in Miami-Dade county and visited the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center to pick up a map.

After that, we paid the $10 per vehicle entrance fee and went to the Royal Palm section of the park to walk the Anhinga & Gumbo Limbo Trails. We finished our visit at the Pa-hay-okee Overlook, which is 10 miles further west.

Visitors Center Entrance
Gumbo Limbo Trail
Anhinga Trail
One of the top reasons to visit the Everglades National Park is to observe or photograph the variety of animals that reside on the grounds. Just a few of the species that live here include American Alligators, Florida Panthers, manatees, wood storks, ibis, zebra butterflies, barred owls, white-tailed deer, great white herons, American crocodiles, logger-head turtles, pink shrimp, mangrove snapper, coon oysters, osprey, brown pelicans, blue crabs, southern bald eagles, roseate (pink) spoonbill, black vultures, bluegill fish, crayfish, Florida gar, largemouth bass, and purple gallinules, .
Eastern Lubber Grasshopper
Orange/Yellow Grasshopper
Giant Orange Grasshopper
All of the animals in the Everglades National Park live among 100's of plant species such as saw grass, red mangroves, turtle grass, strap fern, strangler fig, royal palm, orchids, slash pines, air plants, gumbo limbo trees, and swamp lilies.
Alligator Swimming
American Alligator
Gator Head Above Water
My favorite part about visiting the Everglades National Park is walking along the elevated boardwalks and watching the American Alligators. Their activity level depends on the time of day and the weather. We were lucky enough to see a few gators swimming through the water and several others basking in the sun. On a really hot day, you'll notice the alligators resting with their mouths open. This allows the breeze to flow along their tongue helping to cool their bodies.
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Our visit covered just a tiny bit of the southeastern area of the Everglades National Park. Just a few of the other locations are Long Pine Key, West Lake, Nine Mile Pond, Mahogany Hammock, Noble Hammock, Shark Valley Visitor Center, Flamingo Visitor Center, Cape Sable, Paurotis Pond, Chekika, and Ten Thousand Islands.
The Slough Info Guide
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Alligator Osteoderms
The Everglades National Park is composed of distinct regions such as marine, estuarine, coastal marsh, cypress, coastal prairie, freshwater slough, pineland, freshwater marl prairie, and hardwood hammock.
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Pond Apple / Alligator Apple
Ripe Green Pond Apple
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Gator With Mouth Open
Basking In The Sun
Alligator Teeth Close Up
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Water Level Gauge
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Unwanted Exotic Fish Species

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Restrooms & Gift Shop
Hurricane Andrew Impact
Gumbo Limbo Trail
Paved Path Through Forest
Strangler Fig Sign
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Parking Lot
Bird Perched In Tree
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Swarm of Birds In Sky
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Alligator Eye Close Up
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Elevated Boardwalk
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Tricolor Heron
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Green Heron
Pa-hay-okee Overlook
River of Grass
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Sun Bleached Boardwalk
Driving Through Park
During our visit, I recorded a few short video clips with my Canon S5 IS digital camera. I edited the clips into a short movie that is encoded in the Windows Media (WMV) format, runs about a minute long and has a file size of 17 MB. To view the video, click on the link below. To download the movie, right click and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As".

Everglades National Park - Alligators Swimming - Video Clip

Visitor Center / Park HQ
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Panther Crossing Sign
For more, please visit my other related photo galleries by clicking on the following links: CocoWalk Shopping Center, Fairchild Chocolate Festival, Miami MetroZoo, Miami City Tour, South Florida International Auto Show, Flamingo Gardens, South Beach, Fairchild International Mango Festival, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, and the Everglades Holiday Park.

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