2. The park is the third largest park in the lower 48 states, covering 2400 square miles. It is also the largest tropical wilderness in the United States, and the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River.
3. An average of one million people visit the park each year.
4. Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.
6. Bird enthusiasts can spot many species throughout the park including great blue heron and roseate spoonbills.
7. With most of the park accessible by water, boating is perhaps the most popular way to experience the Everglades. If you are not fortunate to own your own boat, tours leave from Flamingo and the Gulf Coast with boat captains that narrate boat tours along the mangrove coast.
8. Kayaking and canoeing is enjoyed by many park visitors along the Wilderness Waterway. At 99 miles long, it takes approximately 7-10 days by canoe or kayak, however, shorter trails exist which are well-marked.