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Camping in the Everglades: A Popular Campground Near Miami

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As one of the most prominent LGBTQ+ communities globally, Miami welcomes countless LGBTQ+ members every year. Events such as the Miami Beach Pride and the OUTshine Film Festival in April are the usual crowd-pullers. A bit further south is Fantasy Fest, a wild extravaganza in Key West in October. And a few hours northwest of Miami, in Orlando, are Gay Days and Girls in Wonderland in June.

While the parties are fun and fabulous, even the wildest party animal needs a break from the flamboyance. 

Fortunately, if you’re a party hopper and road trip lover, finding a place to getaway is easier than you think. If you’re planning to attend any of these events and are looking for a recreational space to camp out in your RV, then you should definitely check out Flamingo Adventures in the Florida Everglades. But warning – you won’t be the only party animal in attendance!

What Is Flamingo Adventures?

For relaxing or adventurous activities, Flamingo Adventures has it all. If you’re looking to create memorable experiences while communing with nature – either in the waters or the grounds – then this is the place to do so.

Flamingo Adventures, located at the southernmost tip of Florida and along the Everglades National Park, has beautiful campgrounds where you can park your RVs and take some time to relax. The subtropical wilderness is home to some exotic animals, and concessionaires also offer various activities with which you can amuse yourselves during your stay.

Activities To Try Out At The Everglades 

Boat Tours

Flaming Adventures offers two commercial boat tours: the Florida Bay Boat Tour and the Backcountry Boat Tour. The tours last 90 minutes and are offered daily at the Flamingo Marina. Aside from the views, the tours include naturalists who point out the animal and plant life along the way as well as provide a short history lesson on Flamingo and the Everglades National Park. 

Florida Bay Tour

Ride this tour through the expansive Florida Bay if you want to see seabirds such as ospreys and sea animals like the manatees and crocodiles. If you’re lucky, you might also see some dolphins! The tour starts at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM daily.

Backcountry Boat Tour

This tour leaves the marina and goes through the Buttonwood Canal, Coot Bay, and Tarpon Creek into Whitewater Bay. Choose this tour if you’re looking for a nice calming tour along the man-made canal with occasional crocodile and alligator sightings. The tour starts at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM daily. 

Kayaking and Canoeing 

If you want an activity that’s more adventurous and involved than a boat tour, why not try out kayaking or canoeing? You can explore more of the environment by using your own kayak or renting one at the marina. Flamingo Adventures have single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and 2-3 person canoes at hourly and overnight rates.

There are a variety of suggested trails for kayaking, but the most common short one is paddling up to the Buttonwood Canal, where you can see crocodiles, various birds, and mangroves. If you’re planning to paddle in Florida Bay, check out the weather forecast first, as strong winds and bad weather can topple even more experienced paddlers. 

Boating 

Tired of rowing and paddling with your arms? Why not try boating? Flamingo Adventures offers boat rentals for those who have boating experience. If you do not have a background in boating, go through the Boater’s Education Program provided by the Everglades National Park. It only takes about an hour and, best of all, it’s free! 

Hiking

If you’re feeling iffy about the waters, Flamingo Adventures also offers land-based activities like hiking. There are several hiking trails listed on their brochure – which you can get at the visitor center – ranging from the short half-mile Eco Pond Loop to the 7-mile Coastal Prairie Trail. The most commonly hiked are the Bayshore Loop Trail and the Guy Bradley Trail. 

The Bayshore Loop takes you to the shore of Florida Bay, where you can walk around and look out for the remnants of the old fishing village that Flamingo once was. On the Guy Bradley Trail, you may spot various birds and butterflies along the shore or go on a short bike ride.

Staying At The Everglades 

RV Camp Sites 

For guests bringing in their RVs, Flamingo Adventures offers a well-maintained campground with 65 RV sites with 41 electric hookups. The campsites also have fire pits and picnic tables. 

While there are also some water spigots around, it’s better to fill your tanks elsewhere to be sure. The nearby well-stocked marina store offers groceries and drinks and essential camping gear if needed. Campsite rates start at $30 for non-electric sites and $45 for those with electricity. 

Eco-Tents

If glamping is more of your style, Flamingo Adventures offers furnished Eco-Tents for rent starting at $90 per night. Aside from the bed – you can choose between a queen or two doubles – the tent is furnished with foldable director’s chairs which you can move to the porch where you can watch the ever-changing skies and clouds of the Florida Bay. The eco-tents are also elevated, keeping you away from the muddy ground, and have connected platforms and solar lights guiding you towards a centralized bathhouse.

Photo courtesy of Flamingo Adventures

Houseboats 

If you want to get away from the crowds, try out the Houseboats of the Flamingo Adventures starting at $350 per night. We know it’s pricey, but the experience of waking amidst the soothing songs of the birds and rustling winds in the mangroves is oh-so-worth-it. 

Photo courtesy of Flamingo Adventures

Flamingo Lodge 

Flamingo Adventures is set to open 24 lodging rooms and a new indoor/outdoor restaurant in 2022. Check the website for construction updates!

Photo courtesy of Flamingo Adventures

Tips For Your Visit 

Always Bring Mosquito Repellant

Flamingo Adventures is open all year round, but the busiest times are during the dry season (December to April), as fewer mosquitoes are buzzing about. Regardless, always bring mosquito repellants whenever you come here.

Take Note Of Free Admission Days

Typically, the Everglades National Park charges a $30 entrance fee per vehicle for seven days; however, there are some days where admission is free. For 2022, the days are January 17, April 16, August 4, September 24, and November 11. However, keep in mind that the free days do not include amenity and user fees, as well as activities such as boat tours. 

Prepare To Disconnect

In the sprawling wilderness of the Everglades, be prepared as most mobile devices do not have great connection and services. Take this time to disconnect from your online woes and focus on your adventures!

Conclusion 

If you’re having your weekend getaway near Miami and are looking for recreational grounds where you can park your RV and have tons of adventure, Flamingo Everglades Adventures is here to serve you. Also, don’t forget to check out our other blogs for gay-friendly campgrounds in Florida with RV parks!


***Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

Written by Rachel Covello

Rachel Covello is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant, and LGBT advocate. She was the Founder of LGBT Equality Alliance, a Chester County, PA nonprofit organization. She is currently the Publisher of OutCoast.com and Producer of the OutCoast TV YouTube Channel, both of which highlight LGBTQ welcoming destinations in Florida.


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