Best Time to Visit the Everglades
By Jungle Erv • May 2, 2018
If you were to ask us what the best time to visit the Everglades is, we’d say any time is a great time to visit! While we might be a little biased, since we run one of the first Everglades swamp boat tour operations in South Florida, the truth is that Florida’s wetlands are amazing to take in whenever you visit.
When to Visit the Everglades
Although we love being in the Everglades year-round, many tourists prefer to visit during what’s known as the “dry season.” The dry season runs from December through April every year. With average highs and lows in the upper 70s and low 50s, respectively, the temperature is typically quite comfortable for exploring the Everglades during the dry season.
With biting insects being few and far between during the dry season — unless you’re deep in the heart of the Everglades — December through April is the best time of year to visit the Everglades. Low humidity and the lack of regular downpours also make the dry season an attractive time to visit South Florida.
While the weather and the lack of biting insects may influence when you’ll visit the Everglades, you should consider one other important factor when you’re planning your trip. That’s the diversity of the wildlife you’ll have the opportunity to see during the dry season.
As the water retreats throughout much of the Everglades during the dry season, birds flock to the area from northern locations. As sawgrass marshes turn into lush sawgrass prairies as the water recedes, what was once submerged in water becomes available for a plethora of animals to use as shelter, watering holes and sloughs.
During the dry season, the Everglades transform into a destination for everyone who has ever wanted to go on a once-in-a-lifetime safari without having to leave the country. In addition to a seemingly endless number of bird species, the dry season gives you the chance to see large concentrations of alligators, fish and turtles, among many other critters.
The Wet Season
While the dry season has its advantages, the Sunshine State’s wetlands are still worth visiting even if you can only visit during the wet season. Although temperatures are often above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the relative humidity typically hovers around 90 percent, thunderstorms are common and biting bugs abound, the wet season has advantages of its own.
The biggest advantage the wet season provides is increased solitude. With fewer people visiting the Everglades during the wet season, it’s easier to experience Florida’s wetlands without being disturbed by throngs of other tourists.
No matter when you travel to the Everglades, be sure you visit Jungle Erv’s Airboat Tours to make lasting memories with your family or friends. We offer daily airboat swamp tours year-round and land-based wildlife safaris throughout much of the dry season. Each of our airboat tours and safari adventures includes a free live alligator show and a complimentary tour of our gorgeous mangrove boardwalk.
Contact Jungle Erv’s Airboat Tours to learn more.