Everglades Safety Info to Remember

The Everglades is a National Park, so it is open for all of us to enjoy it, but it’s also home to wild plants and animals. Nature is unpredictable, from the weather to the terrain, so it’s important when we explore a natural environment that we proceed with caution and we follow guidelines given by the Park. We want to be respectful of the Park and plant and animal species that live within it.

By following Park rules, you are keeping animals, plants, the environment, and yourself safe. Whether you’re taking an airboat tour, walking trails, camping, or kayaking, you should keep safety in mind while in the Park.

Below, we wanted to share some of the Everglades National Park’s safety rules no matter that need to be followed and respected throughout the year.

  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Depending on the time of year, it can get exceedingly hot or rainy.
  • Bring water.
  • Wear bug repellant and longer-sleeved clothing to keep bugs from biting you on the trails. Wear lighter color clothing.
  • Keep to the trails and pavement to avoid bugs or running into wildlife.
  • Watch children carefully.
  • Pets are not allowed on the trails.
  • Feeding wildlife is illegal.
  • Don’t park near vultures and notify a Park ranger if one is near your car. Vultures can be aggressive.
  • Do not harm or touch any wildlife.
  • If you have a bonfire (camping), don’t leave it alone.
  • Do not tie/attach anything to trees or shrubs.
  • Take garbage with you or dispose of it properly.

Stay Safe in the Everglades

The Park has a lot more rules than the above, but these are just some basics to keep you safe during a trip to explore the Park. If you wanted more specific rules about camping, fishing, trails and more, visit the Everglades Park website.

By following these safety rules, you will have a more fun and safe trip. Looking for something to do in the Everglades? Take an airboat tour! Riding on an airboat is a safe way to explore the Everglades. Captain Mitch has decades of experience navigating through the wetland. To book an airboat trip in the Everglades, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 239-695-3377 or click Everglades airboat tour page.