Just 30 minutes east of Fort Lauderdale is the vast Florida Everglades Wildlife Management Area. It’s the perfect place to plan a day trip and take time exploring the incredible wildlife and gorgeous scenery of the prettiest wetlands in Florida. We love packing our lunch and spending the day soaking in the beauty of this natural landmark. Here’s what you need to know about it!
If you’re planning a trip to South Florida, there’s no better tool to use than our complimentary Vacation Guide! It’s downloadable and jam-packed with information on how to make the most of your time in Fort Lauderdale. We’ve included all of our recommendations for great places to eat and exciting things to do like exploring the Florida Everglades Wildlife Management Area!
How to Explore the Florida Everglades Wildlife Management Area
If you love soaking up the sun and getting a breath of fresh air, this is a day trip you’ll love taking. Here are our top tips for enjoying the Florida Everglades Wildlife Management Area!
1. Check the Calendar Before You Go
As a part of wildlife management, hunting is allowed during certain times of year in the Florida Everglades WMA and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area. Be sure to check the season before you head out! The Florida Everglades Wildlife Management Area also uses prescribed burns to prevent uncontrollable wildfires, so watch for news regarding those as well.
2. Explore by Foot, Bike or Boat
There’s always something new to see in the Florida Everglades! No matter which way you choose to explore them, we guarantee you’ll have a fantastic adventure. Pack the fishing pole and spend some time relaxing along one of the coastlines, or bring binoculars for a hike across the levees. You’re bound to see some beautiful, endangered birds! Another way to explore is to rent a vessel and paddle or motor through over 200 miles of canals. If you’re up for an adventure, try out an Everglades airboat tour. This is a fun and unique way to see the backcountry and get some incredible photos!
3. Experience Sawgrass Recreation Park
Sawgrass Recreation Park is a part of the Everglades that is known for its abundant wildlife! Take an airboat ride and see some of the most beautiful species native to Florida like alligators, manatees, and more. You might even catch a glimpse of something bigger like a bobcat or Florida panther!
4. Bring Plenty of Water and Sunscreen
Plenty of sun means you’ll need to bring a supply of water and sunscreen during your journey through this expansive outdoor oasis. As a part of the wildlife conservation effort, be sure to bring back everything you bring in, including food leftovers. We are so proud of our extensive and beautiful wetlands. We want them to be cared for properly!
After a day in the sun exploring the gorgeous Florida wildlife, there’s nothing quite like returning to a cozy, comfortable home packed with amenities. Don’t settle for a cold, impersonal hotel room! Our vacation rentals are the perfect place to call home during your time in Fort Lauderdale. If you’re bringing the family, there’s no better place to stay than our Martell House in Wilton Manors! This picturesque home is just 30 minutes away from the Florida Everglades Wildlife Management Area. It boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a beautiful patio with a pool! You’ll be able to relax with the kids in your own pool after your Everglades adventure.