The Florida Everglades for Kids
As a family with three young children, we are always looking to create meaningful experiences for our children. That’s why in May of 2017 we decided to purchase an annual pass to the Florida Everglades National Parks. We have been having such a great time exploring the Everglades with our kids.
Today I am going to share two perfect trails to take your family on while you are out exploring the Florida Everglades if you want to explore more than two trails here are some additional recommendations that are perfect for families of all ages.
The Ernest F. Coe visitor center is located all the way down in Florida City and can be accessed by taking the Florida Turnpike south until it merges with US 1. Once it merges with US 1 turn right onto Palm Drive (344th street) and follow the signs to the park.
40001 State Road 9336, Homestead FL, 33034
Contact Number: 305-242-7700
Located roughly 7-miles from the visitor center, this trail was our first stop during our most recent visit to the Everglades. The trail is a little less than one mile long and will loop you through a path of pine trees, palmetto trees, and lovely wildflowers.
In 1992 when Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida, it left a large impact on the Pinelands. Many trees were bent and snapped, but many remained, this is because of their ability to bend.
Our girls enjoyed exploring this trail, and I appreciated the fact that it was short enough that our girls could easily navigate through it. I think if you really wanted too, you could take a stroller through this trail, but we opted to use the baby carrier
At roughly 20 miles into the park from the visitor center, this trail is quite the trek but certainly one you won’t want to miss.
This trail was so beautiful and the location of the largest living Mahogany tree in the United States, so be on the lookout. At about a half of a mile, this trail is ideal for all ages and since it has a nice boardwalk, it is very stroller-friendly. We opted to take the baby carriers for this trail, but it is possible to use a stroller.
We also noticed several beautiful birds and plenty of photographers capturing stunning images.
It is important to note that there were no restrooms available at these two trails, so be sure to use the restroom either at the Gumbo Limbo trail or the visitor center.
The Florida Everglades covers 1.5 million acres of land across three counties and there is so much to explore, I highly recommend a trip to the Florida Everglades with your family, you won’t regret it!
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This gives me some great ideas for when we travel this way in August! Thanks!
Great! I have a couple of posts on things to do in Homestead Area – you should also consider getting a milkshake at Robert is Here! – http://storybookerin.com/2018/01/is-robert-is-here-really-disney-world.html
I so want to check out the Everglades! Did you spot any crocodiles?
Mostly Alligators – but if you really want to see them you should check out Shark Valley – there is a great bike ride or trolly ride.
It makes me really happy to see parents going hiking with their kids. I always remember how I went with my parents when I was a child. Those are some of my fondest childhood memories 🙂
Aw, thank you for this sweet comment. We love having adventures with our girls.