Get Outdoors: Earth Day in South Florida

Lookout Tower &#169 Everglades National Park

Lookout Tower © Everglades National Park

Florida Vacation Guide to Earth Day in South Florida

Throughout Florida, Earth Day celebrations and festivities are in full swing, from Party for the Planet at Zoos to free admission to national parks. Here’s what’s happening in South Florida during this celebration of the planet:

Free Admission to Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park was specificially mentioned in Governor Rick Scott’s Earth Day proclamation and admission is free on Earth Day which also coincides with national park week. This World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve has nine distinct habitats within its 1.5 million acres. Start at one of  visitor centers – there are five within the park – and hike, cycle, paddle or tram tour your way through this unique Florida ecosystem.

Conservancy of SW FL Earth Day Festival

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples has a celebration on the 21st from 9 am till 3 pm with green exhibits, eco crafts and a carnival for children. In exchange for plastic bag collection, families receive a State Park pass. You can also learn about the Collier County L.I.F.E. (Learning In Florida Environment) program.

Koreshan State Historic Site

Get a one-day park pass for free when you visit the DEP booth and display at Koreshan State Historic Site on April 22nd from 10 am till 4 pm. There will be activities for families and attendees to answer any environmental questions you might have.

Miami Zoo

The Miami Zoo is part of the 6th annual celebration throughout North America that AZA-accredited that aquariums and zoos are a part of:  the Party for the Planet™ . Visit the zoo on April 21 or 22 between 11 am and 4 pm for green family fun. The big highlight is “animal enrichment” with recycled and natural materials, such as recycled plastic jugs stuffed with treats that chimpanzees play with. And if you drop off an old cell phone, your entrance fee is waived. Enjoy a free day at the zoo!

Tell us…

What are you doing for Earth Day today?