Visitors visiting the park have been permitted to bring a handgun with them provided they have a valid permission since 2010. The Everglades National Park was created in 1947 and includes 1.5 million acres of tropical marsh. There are several visitor centers where you can get maps and information about the park.
Everglades National Park is one of the biggest parks in the United States, and you can only see a small portion of it unless you have a boat. You may drive around a part of the park in one day, go on short hikes, check for alligators and manatees, and even go kayaking or ride in an airboat. But if you want to see everything the Everglades has to offer, then you should probably plan on spending more than one day there.
The best time to visit the Everglades is during winter when it's not too hot or cold, and most of the water is still. Summer is also a good option if you don't mind the heat and crowds. However, if you love nature but not in the sun, try to go during spring or fall. The seasons change quickly here, so you might have snow one day and be able to swim in the rainforest next week!
People come from all over the world to see the Everglades, so make sure to bring your passport. Also, make sure to read up on how much travel insurance costs before you arrive at the airport because it can add up. Finally, remember that crime can happen anywhere, so keep an eye out for signs of theft when you're out and about.
Everglades National Park, which covers the southern point of Florida with a lush expanse of woods, mangroves, estuaries, and pineland, is an outdoor adventurer's dream. Allow three days to visit the World Heritage wetlands if you want to delve further than a day excursion. If you're more interested in seeing animals than plants, then two days will suffice.
The best time to visit Everglades National Park is between April and October. The park sees its busiest season from mid-May to August, when temperatures are at their highest. During this time, expect crowded roads and limited opportunities for walking through the wilderness. November to March is the least busy period, with most sites not yet covered in snow or ice.
There are no accommodations within the park, so you'll need to stay outside its boundaries. There are campgrounds in nearby Flamingo and Indian campsites, but these can get very crowded during high season. For something a little more private, try one of our recommended hotels or cabin rentals near the park.
Visitors to Everglades National Park can enjoy the wilderness on foot, by bicycle, or by car. The park has over 50 miles of trails for hiking, running, biking, and horseback riding, plus four major road systems for driving around its perimeter.
You can see all sorts of wildlife in Everglades National Park.
Keep in mind that the Everglades is a wildlife preserve with very serious and dangerous hazards. However, if you are prepared, you will have nothing to fear. The main dangers include alligators (both young and adult), snakes, and tropical diseases such as dengue fever and malaria.
There have been some reports of tourists being bitten by alligators, but this happens rarely. If you do get bit, go to a hospital immediately for proper treatment.
Snakes are also present in the Everglades, especially during springtime when they are breeding. However, except for poisonous species like cobras and rattlesnakes, most snakes are not harmful. If you do happen upon one, stay calm and avoid frightening it away from you.
Finally, there is a certain risk of contracting tropical diseases in the Everglades. Since most people come into contact with mosquitoes here, they are at risk of getting diseases like dengue fever and malaria. There are vaccines available for both of these diseases, so if you know you are going to be in the Everglades, make sure to find out what vaccinations you need and take them before you arrive.
In conclusion, although the Everglades has some dangerous aspects to it, they are mostly superficial.
The new federal legislation puts guns possession in national parks subject to the firearms laws of the states in which the parks are located. Yellowstone National Park encompasses parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Open carry of pistols and rifles on one's person or in a vehicle is permitted in all three states. The only place where this is not allowed is inside a museum.
For more information about gun laws in Yellowstone National Park, see our page about Yosemite National Park's gun policies.
Open carrying in national parks is usually not an issue with law enforcement provided there are no signs that you are armed and ready to shoot. Officers will often make jokes about it if they realize what state you are from. In general, people take gun safety seriously and follow the rules set by park officials.
You should also know that carrying a concealed weapon is illegal in national parks.
If you are arrested for open carrying in a national park, you could be issued a citation and required to appear in court. In some cases, officers may decide not to file charges if you have a valid license to carry a concealed firearm.
People sometimes ask us if they can use their guns in Yellowstone National Park.