National Treasures: Touring America’s National Parks on a Beer Adventure

Florida Panther // Photo by Rodney Cammauf, NPS

Florida Panther // Photo by Rodney Cammauf, NPS

Everglades National Park

Founded:

Covering more than 1 million acres, Everglades National Park was established in 1934 to help protect the largest tropical wilderness in the United States. The park helps protect nearly 40 threatened or protected species such as the Florida Panther. This tropical area is also known for its freshwater sloughs, pinelands, and its diverse marine life.

Things To Do:

Exploring the Everglades by watercraft is something everyone should do. The 10,000 islands tour is incredible. The fully narrated tour weaves through one of the world’s largest mangrove forests. Plus you’ll have the chance to spot manatees, alligators, bald eagles, and other marine life. With 350 species of birds, the Everglades are a popular destination for bird watchers. The Anhinga Trail is a great place to spot a variety of birds, such as the Purple Gallinules.

Where To Stay:

Located on the southernmost tip of the Florida peninsula, the Flamingo Campground is an experience in itself. The campground can accommodate both tents and RVs and though it is not in a highly wooded area, the great hiking trails and ample opportunity for salt-water fishing will make you forget about that small little detail.

Breweries:

There’s nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day, and with Florida’s sweltering summers you’ll be glad there are a number of craft breweries on the way to Everglades. Fly into West Palm Beach and make your first stop at Tequesta Brewing in Tequesta. Head south on Interstate 95 to the aptly named Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach, then on to Funky Buddha in Oakland Park, Wynwood Brewing in Miami, and Miami Brewing just on the outskirts of the park in Homestead. All of these breweries are within a 2.5-hour car ride from each other on the interstate, making it an easy tour.

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