Some popular national parks in Florida include the Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park. All three parks offer a myriad of outdoor activities and expose visitors to an abundance of wildlife.
The Everglades National Park, west of Miami, offers visitors activities such as hiking, canoeing, biking, boat tours and tram tours. The park is a World Heritage Site, a International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of National Importance. Additionally, the park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the country. The habitat is a home for a number of rare or endangered animals, such as the Florida panther, manatees and the American alligator.
Big Cypress National Park neighbors the Everglades and is home to an number of estuaries along the southwest coast of the state. The swamp covers a span of 732,000 acres and is a home for animals such as the Florida panther. Activities at the park include guided tours, scenic drives, campfire programs and views along the boardwalk.
Dry Tortugas National Park, located 70 miles west of Key West, includes seven small islands and open water within its 100 square miles. The park boasts a rich marine-life and bird habitat as well as coral reefs. Visitors reach the park by boat or plain and also have the opportunity to tour Fort Jefferson or engage in water activities, such as boating, fishing or snorkeling.