Located just west of Miami and east of Naples is the beautiful Everglades.

Here are 20 Facts About Florida’s Everglades: 

  • The Everglades is more than 1,508,538 acres in size!
  • 36 threatened or endangered species call the Everglades home. Including the Florida Panther and the American Crocodile.
  • The Everglades features over 350 species of birds, 300 species of fish and saltwater fish!
  • Most people don’t like mosquitoes, however, they play a vital role in the Everglades food chain as their larva provides food for a variety of fish that have a critical diet.
  • Sawgrass plants are known for their razor sharp blades of grass that are known to cut through clothing! These plants can grow up to 6 feet tall!

  • The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist!
  • The Everglades National Park protects the southern 20 percent of the original Everglades.
  • One out of every three Floridians (21 million people) relies on the Everglades for their water supply!
  • The Everglades is the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River.
  • Often described as a wetland or swamp, the Everglades is really a very slow moving river.
  • It’s North America’s largest subtropical wetland ecosystems.
  • The Everglades only has two seasons per year… Dry season (Winter) and wet season (summer).
  • In 1845, when Florida first became a state, the legislature took the first steps to drain the Everglades.
  • The average depth is only 4-5 feet deep. The deepest point is only 9 feet.
  • Often called the “River of Grass.”
Aggressive alligator in Everglades park in Florida
  • The Everglades National Park is the third largest National Park in the lower 48 states after Yellowstone and Death Valley.
  • Native Americans living around the Everglades called it Pahayokee (pah=High-oh-geh), which means “grassy waters.”
  • The Everglades National Park features hiking trails, camping, and other fun activities.
  • The water in the Everglades is primarily fresh-water.
  • The Everglades receives an average of 75 inches a rain per year!

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If you really want to experience the Everglades then we highly recommend doing an airboat ride or visiting the Everglades National Park. 

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