Free Admission to 2 Local National Parks for National Park Week
Not only is today Earth Day, but today and through Sunday, admission to all of the national parks is FREE! South Florida is lucky to be within an hour and a half drive of two of Florida’s National Parks– Biscayne Bay National Park and the Everglades National Park.
Have some free time to be outdoors this weekend? Consider checking out one of our nearby national treasures — the weather is supposed to be beautiful. In addition to free admission through Sunday, the National Park Service is also offering free admission to parks nationwide on six other days throughout the year. Don’t forget to use the National Park Service hashtags when posting on social media, #FindYourPark and #NPS100.
Everglades National Park
The Everglades are America’s largest subtropical wilderness and they are home to numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. It is the third largest national park in the United States and park visitors can participate in all types of outdoor adventures like hiking, canoeing and kayaking. There are also two main campgrounds, but visitors can also camp outside of the designated campgrounds as well.
From Aventura, the drive to the main entrance of the Everglades National Park is about an hour and 20 minutes.
Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park is 173,000 acres and includes coral reefs, a few islands, mangrove forests and Biscayne Bay. The park is best explored with small watercraft vessels like canoes or kayaks so park visitors can go in and out of the mangrove paths and reach the small, isolated islands. There are a variety of things to do and see in the park including canoeing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, camping and hiking.
The drive from Aventura to the park’s visitor center, Dante Fascell Visitor Center and Museum, is about an hour and 10 minutes.
Looking for other free activities this weekend? Check out our post on Free Earth Day Events in South Florida.