FLORIDA – EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK – Shark Valley
Photo Experience: My wife and I spent most of a day here. We saw a significant variety of birds as well as quite a few alligators. Almost of the wildlife we saw was along a north-south canal located less than a hundred yards east of the Visitor Center. The wild animals in this area are more habituated to human presence than in many other locations. Afternoon is the best time to be at this location with the sun coming from behind you providing light on the subjects. I do not recommend using the tram as a means to photograph. Between the vibration, stopping, starting, unable to change your position . . . well, you understand.
Other Info: Shark Valley is located about 37 miles west of Miami along US 41. An entrance fee, or appropriate pass, is required for entrance. Besides selling tickets for the tram, the Visitor Center also rents bicycles. Rest rooms are available there. There are also a few picnic tables in the area.