Shark Valley Visitor Center, Everglades National Park

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Shark Valley Visitor Center offers an opportunity to explore America's marshlands using a paved road, a limestone trail, and a boardwalk. Take a self-guided tour through the sawgrass slough and tropical hardwood forests. As a part of Everglades National Park, the 24 km (15 mi) trail winds through alligator territory and is also home to turtles, deer, and other wildlife. Halfway along the path, climb the observation tower to view the valley's panorama. You'll find bicycles for rent and tram tours available at the site as well. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Everglades National Park fast, fun, and easy.
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  • a 2 hour tour riding a bike: Very easy as it's super flat. You are in the middle on the wildness with almost no one. Much more fun than with the train. We really enjoyed this experience. Don't... 
    a 2 hour tour riding a bike: Very easy as it's super flat. You are in the middle on the wildness with almost no one. Much more fun than with the train. We really enjoyed this experience. Don't...  more »
  • We did the bike rental in Shark Valley and we loved it! We saw alligators, tons of birds, and had a good time together riding. You should be aware that it’s a pretty long ride, especially if the wind....  more
    We did the bike rental in Shark Valley and we loved it! We saw alligators, tons of birds, and had a good time together riding. You should be aware that it’s a pretty long ride, especially if the wind....  more »
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  • We spent a great day riding bicycle. The tower is half way the 15 mile loop and is great to enjoy the panoramic view of the Everglades. Shade and restrooms are available but it is 7 or 8 miles away from the bike rental shop. You can bring your own bicycle or use the Tram as well. With the Tram it would be much faster, you won't be as exposed to the elements and you'll save a lot of energy. It took us 3 hours to bike the whole thing. Bring more water than you expect to use and preferably use insulated bottles otherwise even if you have frozen bottles of water they will all be melted and hot between 1 to 2 hours
  • Great part of the Everglades to tour on your own with a bike. The views are spectacular. Just slow down and enjoy the wind on your face, the great hearing flying above you and the alligators basking in the sun. The horizon looks so wide. I'm definitely coming back. Don't forget the sunblock and shades. Bring an umbrella for shade if you walk instead of ride. They have a tram tour also.

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