Everglades National Park is a vast, 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern end of Florida. Called the River of Grass, the Everglades consists of sawgrass marshes, coastal mangroves, and pine flatwoods that provide a home to hundreds of wild animal species. Visiting the Everglades should be on everyone’s bucket list, and bringing a family on a few days or more of exploration is probably the best vacation your kids will ever have. Make your base in one of the surrounding towns such as Homestead, Shark Valley, Marco Island, and Everglades City—there are no hotels in the park—and spend your days looking for alligators and evenings enjoying the local delicacies and the comfort of one of many comfortable hotels, inns, and apartments.
There are nine entrances to the Everglades. One of these entrances, along with the Ernest Coe Visitor Center, is located about seven miles from the city of Homestead.
If you want to combine wilderness exploring and a bit of pampering in a luxurious resort, stay in Marco Island, at Florida’s southwestern-most point.