Sights in The Everglades
From Royal Palm, Hwy 9336 cuts through the belly of the park for 38 miles until it reaches the isolated Flamingo Visitor Center, which has maps of canoeing and hiking trails. Call ahead about the status of facilities: the former Flamingo Lodge was wiped out by hurricanes in 2005, and at the time of research Flamingo Marina was closed for renovations. It should reopen again and offer backcountry boat tours and kayak/canoe rentals for self-guided trips along the coast.
Those with a day to give the Glades could start with this visitor center in the south. It has excellent, museum-quality exhibits and tons of activity info: the road accesses numerous short trails and lots of top-drawer canoeing opportunities. Call for a schedule of fun ranger-led programs, such as the two-hour 'slough slog.' Most programs start at the nearby Royal Palm Visitor Center, where you can catch two short trails. The Anhinga Trail is great for wildlife spotting, especially alligators in winter, and the Gumbo-Limbo showcases plants and trees.