Did you know that there are three major national parks within driving distance of Miami? These national treasures offer a wide variety of natural and historic beauty right under our noses. If you're looking for a great way to spend an afternoon or an entire weekend, make your first stop the Visitors Center of one of these parks where the dedicated rangers of the National Park Service are available to help guide your visit.
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Covering over 1.5 million acres of South Florida, Everglades National Park provides a wide diversity of animal and plant habitats. From sawgrass prairies to tropical rain forests, there's no wonder that this region was designated as an international biodiversity site. This park is home to at least 14 rare and endangered species and is an incredible place to visit, whether you're driving through and taking the Tram Tour at Shark Valley or kayaking through the mangroves at Flamingo.
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Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park combines some of the natural treasures you might experience at Biscayne National Park with the historic Fort Jefferson, which was used to defend South Florida from pirates and confine one of the major players in President Lincoln's assassination. Be sure to plan ahead -- there are no roads leading to this park. You'll need to arrive by boat or seaplane.
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Biscayne National Park features another type of wildlife diversity in our region -- that found under the waters of the Atlantic in our beautiful coral reefs. The park is entirely underwater and features wonderful opportunities for boating and diving. It's no wonder that Biscayne National Park was designated as one of the Top Five Family-Friendly Parks in the United States.