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Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting

Birds of the Everglades
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You don't need to go on safari to see wild creatures up close—just head to one of these U.S. national parks.

Everglades National Park, FL

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The largest subtropical wilderness in the country (some 1.5 million acres) lies in the southern tip of Florida, where freshwater, seawater, and terrestrial ecosystems collide. It's the only place in the country to spot crocodiles, and the most reliable place stateside to see greater flamingoes. Other animals living in the marshy habitat include alligators; wading birds such as egrets, ibises, wood storks, and herons; and bobcats, which forage in salt-tolerant mangrove forests. Harder to see, but still in residence, are endangered species like manatees and rare Florida panthers.

Viewing Tip: Although you can explore the park by strolling on boardwalks, you'll get much closer to wildlife by boat, canoe, or kayak.

Birds of the Everglades

Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting

Everglades National Park, FL

The largest subtropical wilderness in the country (some 1.5 million acres) lies in the southern tip of Florida, where freshwater, seawater, and terrestrial ecosystems collide. It's the only place in the country to spot crocodiles, and the most reliable place stateside to see greater flamingoes. Other animals living in the marshy habitat include alligators; wading birds such as egrets, ibises, wood storks, and herons; and bobcats, which forage in salt-tolerant mangrove forests. Harder to see, but still in residence, are endangered species like manatees and rare Florida panthers.

Viewing Tip: Although you can explore the park by strolling on boardwalks, you'll get much closer to wildlife by boat, canoe, or kayak.

Getty Images/Flickr RF
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