Branch out to explore Everglades National Park

You’ll find plenty of swamps and alligators in Florida’s Everglades National Park—and vendors willing to take you on the quintesential airboat ride–but there are other natural attractions in the region worth exploring, too. Here are two excursions on the northern end of the park. Both are easily accessible from Everglades City, gateway to the national park that shares its name.

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Florida: coast by coast VIII – Gunkholing

The barrier islands separating Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Florida from the Gulf of Mexico end at Pass-A-Grille, a village on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby, a road leads across the water to Fort DeSoto, a Pinellas County park with the fort, a campground, a dog park and one of the best beaches in the United States. From there, a ferry takes passengers to Egmont Key and Fort Dade. The two forts protected Tampa Bay even during the Civil War.

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Florida: coast by coast – Part III – the Nature Coast

Rounding the Big Bend, heading south on US-19, the Steinhatchee River Inn offers Big Fish, charters and guides in a real fish camp setting. Colorful Cedar Key waits for you a few miles further south.

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