If you’re considering a trip down to Florida and wondering when the best time is to visit the Everglades, you’re in luck. South Florida is booming any time of the year, and the ecosystem is extraordinary whenever you visit. Nevertheless, there are a few differences between months. Below is some information regarding the best time of year to visit the Everglades and some tips to help you plan your trip.
Everglades Dry Season – December through April
The Everglades experiences a winter dry season, or drought period, from early December through late April and early May. This is sure to be the busiest time of year to visit the Everglades, as many tourists come to South Florida to get away from cold, bitter temperatures up north. The animals in the Everglades react differently during the cooler time of the year in Florida. While they are often out and about, most tend to be a bit slow-moving during the winter months. In fact, alligators experience a biological slowdown.
As the dry season progresses, the animals get more active and adventurous families to delight in taking narrated airboat rides to capture some exciting sights on film. The weather is extraordinary in Florida from December through May, and it’s easy to see why the Everglades is a popular tourist spot during this time.
Everglades Wet Season – May through November
With plenty of room to explore without crowds, an airboat ride is a fantastic adventure during the wet season. During this time of year is filled with frequent rains and heat, which tend to steer many people away. If you come to the Everglades prepared with sunscreen and a hat, you’re likely to see scores of alligators going about their business, making the ‘glades a thrill for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers alike. Transition periods like late April and early May are always a busy time of the year for the Everglades. Airboat tours are popular on Memorial Day weekend, when the winter months are officially coming to a close. Plus, alligators experience an active mating period in the spring. With summer months just ahead, the wetland is preparing to create new habitat for wildlife to thrive.
In late August, you can hear the cries of new baby alligators getting ready to roam. Water levels change dramatically from month to month in the Everglades, creating unique differences between the wet and dry seasons.
So, when is the best time of year to visit the Everglades? With gorgeous weather in the winter, fantastic photo opportunities in the spring, and a unique adventure in the summer, it’s always a great time to visit the Florida Everglades! Contact Everglades Holiday Park today to learn more about the adventurous airboat rides and Everglades animal encounters in which we provide for people of all ages.
December through April is Dry Season in the Everglades
Enjoy an Everglades Airboat Tour Before the Dry Season Ends
Article Updated August, 2019This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog on .
Did You Know?
Burmese pythons are a menace to Florida. This top predator can get up to 20 feet (6 meters) in length, and they have the ability to consume most of the Everglades’ native wildlife, including medium-sized alligators.1
Burmese pythons were brought to South Florida as pets nearly 50 years ago. Owners released these pets into the wild and they’ve been causing destruction ever since, devastating populations of the native animals in the Everglades.
Florida has been paying hunters since March 2017 to catch and kill these invasive snakes to stop them from continuing to destroy the natural food chain in the Florida Everglades. Since then, more than 3,000 pythons have been extinguished from the delicate land. Believe it or not – these efforts have not been enough.
Governor Ron DeSantis Vows to Double Funding and Expand Access to Rid the State of Pythons
Earlier this month, Governor Ron DeSantis announced he’s willing to take additional steps and strategic methods to put up a tougher fight against the Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades. DeSantis stated that Florida will double its resources for python removal and that the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture have a new agreement to begin hunting pythons in 130,000 acres of state parks.
Press Conference at Holiday Park
During this press conference held at our Everglades Holiday Park, DeSantis explained that the state has worked out a plan with the government to allow hunters to access Big Cypress National Preserve in the western Everglades. Not to mention – there will be an annual Python Challenge contest to drive incentive for hunters to catch as many pythons as they can.
Pythons are not native to this area, and they’re incredibly invasive. They’ve permeated and disrupted the natural balance of what we know as the Florida Everglades – and it’s time to kick them out. With these efforts to get rid of pythons in the Florida Everglades, PETA is calling on Governor DeSantis to ensure the proper steps are being taken for the humane killing of this invasive species.
Everglades Holiday Park is a place for airboat rides and Everglades animal encounters – not invasive pythons. At our national park, we’re dedicated to working with Governor DeSantis and government officials to ensure that the Florida Everglades protection efforts are properly set in place. We agree that this is a step in the right direction in efforts to care for the unique environment the Everglades offers.
- Live Science – Python Facts – Quoted by Sara Viernum
- CBS Miami – Gov. DeSantis To Expand Efforts On Eliminating Pythons From Florida Everglades