Shark Valley Visitor Center, Everglades National Park

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Shark Valley Visitor Center offers an opportunity to explore America's marshlands using a paved road, a limestone trail, and a boardwalk. Take a self-guided tour through the sawgrass slough and tropical hardwood forests. As a part of Everglades National Park, the 24 km (15 mi) trail winds through alligator territory and is also home to turtles, deer, and other wildlife. Halfway along the path, climb the observation tower to view the valley's panorama. You'll find bicycles for rent and tram tours available at the site as well. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Everglades National Park fast, fun, and easy.
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  • this is a great place to stop and take a tour. we saw tons of alligators and other wildlife. the tram ride out to the tower is FULL of information that you learn from the park tour guide/ranger. PS... 
    this is a great place to stop and take a tour. we saw tons of alligators and other wildlife. the tram ride out to the tower is FULL of information that you learn from the park tour guide/ranger. PS...  more »
  • Park ranger was very helpful as we decided to get our lifetime pass. Visitor center has some good information but I thought they would have more on display about the region. 
    Park ranger was very helpful as we decided to get our lifetime pass. Visitor center has some good information but I thought they would have more on display about the region.  more »
  • We were here two years ago in February. Rode bikes on the tram trail and saw dozens of gators. We knew August would be different but it was our opportunity to bring a sixth grader. No gators to be... 
    We were here two years ago in February. Rode bikes on the tram trail and saw dozens of gators. We knew August would be different but it was our opportunity to bring a sixth grader. No gators to be...  more »
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  • Good place to go biking! A 15-mile paved loop. It's best to bring your own bikes. Rentals will cost around $20. You may also choose to ride the tram for some fee, around $27. I love that there are tons of wildlife on the west side of the trail especially in winter. There is an observation tower halfway of the bike loop. Don't miss it out! It's a great way to view the vast wetlands. There are also short walking trails along the way under a few canopies of trees. Other things to note, parking fee is $30 and is good for 7 days. Restrooms and vending machines are located at the entrance. Please bear in mind that since this is the everglades, there are no shades the entire ride/walk so sunscreen and water bottles are a must. On the upside, you'll get tanned after exploring.
  • Great place to see South Florida wild life(guaranteed). Not for toddlers unless strapped in a stroller. Perfect for out of town guests to walk the paved walkways, enjoy the river grass, see birds, snakes, and of course, alligators. Plenty of parking, plenty of gators. Clean bathrooms. Staff is present. Tram service around paved loop into Everglades. Either rent or bring bikes. Some parts have no fenced areas, ergo, toddlers must be in strollers and small children need to be closely watched.
  • The visitor was great! We visited in late May and had no issue finding parking. The staff was friendly and the bathrooms were clean. It was an incredibly hot day when we went (90+ degrees), so we walked the few trails and took the tram. We saw juvenile gators, a gator nest with their mother, amazing birds, and some beautiful wildlife. Excellent place to visit in the Everglades!
  • Informative, threshold to the shark valley paths that stretch for miles along waterways and local flora. Don't step on the alligators. I'm serious. They lay alongside the paths sunning themselves. Caution signs warn to stay at least 6 feet away but the path is less than that in places. Passed 3 and none seemed phased however, as with any wild creature, common sense should be implemented.
  • Either bring your own bike or rent one at the visitor center and do the 15 Mike loop. Take your time and don't even try to count how many alligators (or are they crocs?) you see. The tram tour would be better to answer questions like that, but taking your own time reveals a ton of detail you might otherwise miss (fish, flowers, birds). Definitely worth the drive from Miami.

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