Canoeing in the Everglades
The Everglades is perhaps the most unique place on earth. The only subtropical preserve in North America, Everglades National Park
is a diverse mixture of environments creating a fascinating ecosystem filled with fascinating plants and animals, many of them rare or endangered species.
The National Park service operates the Gulf Coast Visitor Center
in Everglades City, open all year with no admission fee. The Everglades itself extends beyond the boundaries of the National Park. In the western Everglades area of Collier County there are many other public parks and preserve lands with lots of
choices for recreation and exploration.
Whether you venture out on a swamp walk in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
or Big Cypress National Preserve
; try your luck angling for tarpon, snook or redfish in the Ten Thousand Islands; or paddle the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway in your canoe or kayak, there is a whole world of adventure that awaits - and it's within easy driving distance of Naples and Marco Island. There are plenty of choices for where to stay in Everglades City including motels, a B&B, an historic lodge, cabins, campgrounds and more.