Everglades City entrance to Everglades National Park

The Everglades City entrance to Everglades National Park is located on the west side of State Road 29, about four miles south of its intersection with U.S. Highway 41.

Everglades City entrance to Everglades National Park

This entrance is the main jumping-off point to the Ten Thousand Islands. Without a canoe, kayak, or other boat, your view of the Park here is limited to the exhibits at the ranger station. There are, however, back-country boating tours provided by a Park concessionaire.

Everglades National Park boat tour at Everglades City

One tour, which lasts about one and a half hours, explores the Ten Thousand Islands. Actually, there are only a few hundred of these mostly swampy, mangrove islands. They say the region was named by some guy who once tried to count them. Unsuccessful, he finally gave up, saying something like "There must be ten thousand of them."

The tour operators say you'll probably see manatees, dolphins, bald eagles, and roseate spoonbills.

Another, smaller boat (max. 6 passengers) tour takes almost two hours and goes up the Turner River into the Park's freshwater areas.

For more specific information regarding the tours, call the concessionaire at 239-695-2591.

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