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Everglades National Park

Florida swamp

Everglades National Park, located at the southern tip of Florida, is the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States. It is the only ecosystem of its kind on the planet and the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist.

A freshwarer river, 50 miles wide and six inches deep, flowes from Lake Okeechobee through marshy grassland into Florida Bay. The Everglades National Park was created in 1947 by President Harry S. Truman to preserve the wetlands and this slow-moving "River of Grass."

The 1.5 million acres of Everglades National Park provide habitats for more than 1,600 varieties of plants and innumerable animals, including more than 350 species of tropical and temperate birds, 40 species of mammals, 50 species of reptiles, and 18 species of amphibians. The sea and wetland wilderness invites exploration by canoe or boat. Walking and tram tours are excellent ways to observe the extensive wildlife.

The park is open year round.

Park Service Information Office
Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

E-mail: Everglades National Park

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