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The Everglades National Park is about 50 miles south of Miami. Take US 1 to Florida City, then drive west on Florida Hwy 9336 (Palm Drive) to the Main Visitor Center. The 38-mile main park road connects the main entrance with Flamingo, which is located on Florida Bay. When driving this route be sure to get out of your car and learn about the Everglades by taking the self-guided walks at road turn offs. Flamingo began as a fishing village in the 1800's. There is an interesting history here with a variety of commercial enterprises that were tried including making charcoal, cane syrup, moonshine, fishing, farming, and hunting wading birds for their plumed feathers. None of these lasted and moonshining (making homemade liquor) and plume hunting became illegal. This area became part of the National Park system in 1947. Today at Flamingo you will find a ranger station and visitor center with a concession-operated motel, restaurant, marina, and other services. The picnic area and a 300-unit campground overlook the Florida Bay. We purchased a small book titled Motorist's Guide to Everglades National Park, which was a big help in finding some of the interesting places to explore from the main park road. This is a very inexpensive book; in 2000 it cost $2.95 and was a wonderful book to acquaint you with places you could explore complete with photographs and interesting information.
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