When you think of Miami, you probably think of nightclubs, hot bars and restaurants, and beaches. However, you should also be thinking about our Miami national parks, with alligators, mangrove forests, and more. The Everglades, Biscayne, and Big Cypress are all nature-filled destinations that you shouldn’t miss during your time in southern Florida. Make sure to explore these national parks near Miami Florida, during your stay at Hotel St. Augustine.
The Everglades Tours
The Everglades is the most well-known national parks near Miami Florida, as well as around the nation. The subtropical wetlands have three entrances to the park, with the Homestead entrance near to Hotel St. Augustine. Pay $30 per car to enter, and then take advantage of the 1.5 million acres of nature and wildlife. Boat, hike, kayak, or fish on your own, and look out for mink, armadillo, snakes, turtles and the infamous Florida alligator. Or, sign up for a ranger tour for guided adventures, like the Everglades Car Caravan; Croc, Manatee, or Python Talks; or the Canoe the Wilderness trip.
Biscayne National Park Tours
Biscayne National Park is the only one of national parks near Miami Florida that allows you to dive and snorkel its waters. Perhaps that’s because 95 percent of the park is water…but that’s for you to decide. Discover shipwrecks, marine wildlife, and coral reefs in the mostly untouched waters between the Florida coast and the Keys. Otherwise, take a seaplane or speedboat tour, or fish and kayak for a leisurely time alone.
Big Cypress National Preserve Tours
Big Cypress National Preserve is the farthest from Hotel St. Augustine, at a one-and-a-half hour drive. However, its freshwater swamps, mangrove forests, and starry night skies are something to behold. The park was named International Dark Sky Place because the views of the stars after sundown are absolutely breathtaking due to the lack of light pollution in the area. So, go camping to stare at the night skies—and during the day, take scenic drives down Loop Road and along the Turner River. Along the way, look out for South Florida panthers, otters, bobcats, black bears, and alligators.
Hotels in Miami Florida
Just like the national parks near Miami Florida, Hotel St. Augustine is a place to relax. Although much more luxurious, you can escape from the lights, libations, and music nearby, or retreat after a long day of kayaking the Everglades. Call us at 877-347-8430 or visit us on our website for more information about accommodations at our boutique hotel.