Shark Valley

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Shark Valley
Shark Valley Tower.jpg
Shark Valley trail and observation tower
Location Everglades National Park (ENP)
Nearest city Miami
Coordinates 25°42′28″N 80°45′47″W / 25.70778°N 80.76306°W / 25.70778; -80.76306Coordinates: 25°42′28″N 80°45′47″W / 25.70778°N 80.76306°W / 25.70778; -80.76306
Created 1947 (1947) (ENP)
Operated by National Park Service
Status Open all year

Shark Valley is part of Everglades National Park, located along Tamiami Trail (US 41) near the Miami Dade-Collier County line. The park features a Visitor Center which offers educational displays, a park video, an underwater camera and informational brochures. [1] The National Park Service website features both English and Spanish language videos to help you plan your visit to Shark Valley.[2]

Wildlife seen in Shark Valley include alligators, ibis, wood storks, spoonbills, raccoons, deer, lizards, snakes and herons.

Recreation includes the observation tower, seven miles down the trail. Designed by Edward M. Ghezzi in 1965 and opened to the public the following year, it is the midpoint in the trail used by trams, bikers, and hikers. Also along the paved trail several nature trails are present. These nature trails connect the paved trails. Also at the end of the paved 15 mile trail, right near the parking lot there is a dock with the view of alligators and other Everglades wildlife available.


360° panorama from the observation tower at Shark Valley

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