The Everglades National Park, established in 1947, is one of the sightseeing options in Florida that people can come to see on one of the cheap flights to Florida and then stay in one of the hotels in Florida. It is a protected wildlife and nature wilderness subtropical area in the state and more than a million tourists see it every year as one of the most interesting Florida attractions.
It is also one of the United States’ third largest national parks, with Yellowstone and Death Valley being the other two. It is famous for being on three world lists as a World Heritage Site, a Wetland of International Importance, and an International BioSphere Reserve. This makes it very worth one of the day trips to Florida for the whole family to enjoy!
The Everglades Protects the Florida EcoSystem
The Everglades was developed in order to protect the wetlands, which are an ecosystem in the area that was created by Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River, which flows into the Florida Bay. It is full of marshland and there are 36 kinds of endangered animals that are also living in these federally protected areas.
Some of these endangered animals living in wildlife paradise that visitors want to see on cheap trips to Florida are panthers, American crocodiles, manatees, wading birds, alligators and more. It also is the home for more than 350 kinds of birds, more than 300 kinds of fish, more than 40 kinds of mammals, and more than 50 kinds of reptiles. If you are a photographer, you will be in heaven taking pictures of all of these beautiful creatures.
The Everglades is a Vast Place
The Everglades National Park has more than one and a half million acres of land and covers three Florida counties. It is frequently patrolled by area rangers to keep out poachers who want to capture or kill some of the animals that live there.
This wilderness full of beautiful and exotic plants and animals has two seasons of weather, a dry one and a wet one. The dry one is December until April and the temperatures then that greet people on vacations to this area of Florida are between 53 and 77 degrees F.
The wet season here runs May to November and features temperatures that are usually higher than 90 degrees F and there are frequent rain storms that can add a foot of rain in one night! So if you come then, you better bring rain boots and raincoat and umbrellas with you.
The Everglades ecosystems include freshwater sloughs complete with 6 ft. sawgrass, low lying areas covered in water, and broad leaf marsh foliage. Birds like herons or egrets live in these kinds of environments and if you are lucky you might get a picture of one of these or some of the other wildlife like the alligators or fish. But be careful because there are also poisonous rattlesnakes in the area and poisonous water moccasins.
There are several other examples of ecosystems in the Everglades where many kinds of animals and birds live and thrive. Its caretakers and protectors strive to keep these fragile systems going strong so your great great grand children can enjoy them for many years to come.