Shingle Creek (1)
Hunter’s Creek Middle School
13400 Town Loop Blvd., Orlando, FL 32837
Located within the hustle and bustle of urban Orlando, Shingle Creek provides a good look at the initial headwaters of the Everglades ecosystem. It’s a great place to bike, hike, fish, kayak, canoe, and see wildlife. Canoe boat ramp available.
phone: (800) 250-4250
The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve (2)
2700 Scrub Jay Trail
Kissimmee, FL 34759
This 12,000-acre preserve, located at the historic headwaters of the Everglades, is home to hundreds of species of wildlife and one of the last undeveloped lakes in Central Florida. Interpretive exhibits and 2 1/4-mile hiking trail are available. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week. Best to call ahead.
phone: (407) 935-0002,
Lake Kissimmee State Park (3)
14248 Camp Mack Road
Lake Wales, FL 33898
In addition to camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and boating opportunities, Lake Kissimmee State Park is also a living history site on the weekends and holidays, Oct. 1 – May
phone: (863) 696-1112
Prairie Lakes Unit, Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area (4)
25 miles South of St. Cloud on SR 523 (Canoe Creek Rd)
This dry prairie habitat fosters much bird life. Regardless of when you visit, your chances of seeing a bald eagle are high. In addition to bird watching, visitors can also hunt, fish, hike, and camp while at the Prairie Lakes Unit.
phone: (352) 732-1225
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park (5)
33104 NW 192nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve offers many recreational activities for visitors, such as camping, hiking, biking, birding, and more.
phone: (863) 462-5360
Hickory Hammock Management Area (6)
U.S. Highway 98 between Lorida and Fort Basinger
Visitors can enjoy fishing, hiking, hunting, primitive camping, horseback riding, boating, and picnicking. An array of wildlife, including the occasional black bear and caracara, provide an opportunity for wildlife photography.
phone: (800) 250-4200
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (7)
Appromixately 3 miles Southwest of U.S. 441 on State Road 78
The LOST Trail features abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. Some of the species you may be lucky enough to see are bald eagles, snail kites, and sandhill cranes. Visitors can fish, bike, jog, canoe, or launch a boat from the C. Scott Driver Jr. Recreation Area.
phone: (863) 983-8101
Port Mayaca Lock (8)
18100 SW Conners Hwy
Canal Point, FL 33438
Stop by to hike the trail, fish, or get some great pictures of the abundant wildlife that resides here. Visitors can usually see manatees, alligators, and many species of birds.
phone: (863) 983-8101,
DuPuis Management Area (9)
23500 SW Kanner Hwy
Canal Point, FL 33438
The DuPuis Management Area on the northern edge of the original Everglades presents opportunities to ride horses, camp, hunt, and walk along an interpretive trail. A visitor center with exhibits interprets the natural and cultural aspects of the reserve.
phone: (561) 924-5310
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (10)
10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33437-4796
Refuge visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking, and bird watching. The Headquarters Area offers a visitor center, observation tower, fishing platform, canoe trail, and nature trails. Boat ramps are available at Headquarters Area, Hillsboro Recreation Area, and at 20-Mile Bend.
phone: (561) 734-8303,
Everglades Wildlife Management Area (11)
Alligator Alley I-75 Rest Area at Mile Marker 36
In addition to restrooms and a boat ramp, the Everglades Wildlife Management Area has wildlife exhibits and an observation platform. Wading birds are frequently spotted in the sawgrass marsh – so bring a camera!
phone: (954) 746-1789
Biscayne National Park (12)
9700 Southwest 328th Street
Homestead, FL 33033
Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are popular ways to enjoy the nationally significant marine environment protected within Biscayne National Park.
phone: (305) 230-PARK
Everglades National Park - Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center (13)
40001 State Route 9336
Homestead, FL 33034
Everglades National Park has three entrances on the Everglades Trail. Start your visit here at the Coe Visitor Center and enjoy numerous opportunities on the road to Flamingo on Florida Bay.
The South Dade Greenway Network, with additional recreational trails in the Everglades, is adjacent to the Park.
phone: (305) 242-7700
Everglades National Park - Shark Valley Area (14)
Located on U.S. Hwy 41 (Tamiami Trail)
Bike, hike, or take the tram to the observation tower to enjoy scenic vistas of Shark River Slough, the “River of Grass.”
phone: (305) 221-8776
Big Cypress National Preserve (15)
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141
Visitors to the Preserve will enjoy the scenic drives, bird watching, a swamp walk, canoeing, and biking on their own or on a ranger-led trip. Information, a short film, and exhibits are available at the Big Cypress Visitor Center.
phone: (239) 695-1201
Everglades National Park - Gulf Coast Visitor Center (16)
815 Oyster Bar Lane
Everglades City, FL
Take boat tours, canoe, or kayak to enjoy the magnificent mangroves at the entrance to the Wilderness Waterway.
phone: (239) 695-3311
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park (17)
137 Coastline Drive,
Copeland, FL 34137
A self-guided boardwalk offers a leisurely walk through original growth cypress trees. The more adventuresome can hike approximately 60 miles of trails. Park staff offer guided swamp walks from Nov. – Feb.
phone: (239) 695-4593
Collier-Seminole State Park (18)
20200 East Tamiami Trail
Naples, FL 34114
Enjoy hiking, camping, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and birding (best during fall and winter) amongst the mangroves and tropical hardwood hammocks. Also see the walking dredge used to build the Tamiami Trail.
phone: (239) 394-3397
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (19)
Estuarine Research Reserve
300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113
With 110,000 acres, this preserve provides opportunities to explore natural areas and cultural history. The Environmental Learning Center features exhibits, daily programs, nature trails, viewing area, guided kayak tours, art gallery, gift shop, and special events.
phone: (239) 417-6310
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (20)
3860 Tollgate Boulevard, Suite 300
Naples, FL 34114
Most of the refuge is closed to the public, but visitors can take a walking trail to experience the habitat of the Florida panther. Don’t forget to look for tracks!
phone: (239) 353-8442
Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum (21)
HC-61, Box 21-A
Clewiston, FL 33440
A one-mile raised boardwalk through a beautiful cypress dome leads to an authentic Living Village depicting Seminole life at the turn of the century. The Museum’s exhibits and artifacts show how Seminole ancestors lived in the Everglades.
Phone (877) 902-1113