Just 90 minutes south of Miami, the Florida Keys are a hidden treasure trove of amazing animal adventures just waiting to be explored. The Keys are easier to get to than you might imagine. Simply follow US 1 and you will enter the gateway to paradise, beginning at mile marker (MM) 118 in Key Largo and winding down to mile marker 0, in Key West.
While not technically in The Keys, you can’t take a trip to The Keys without stopping in The Everglades. The Everglades are only 11 miles from Route 1 in Homestead, Florida, and well worth the detour before you head down the Keys. The Everglades are teaming with wildlife, from numerous types of fish, turtles and birds to the amazing and awe inspiring American alligator. Make a point to visit Royal Palm and walk the Anhinga Trail, where alligators can be found sunning themselves along this trail, in astonishingly large numbers. Most of the wildlife will be seen on the Anhinga Trail, however the nearby Gumbo Limbo trail is a peaceful walk as well as an opportunity enjoy the different tropical trees that only live in this part of the country.
Cost: $25/vehicle entrance fee.