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Top Ways To Experience Florida’s Everglades For CNN

Before the theme parks and the towering beachside condos, before the headlines about zombie cats and jokes about retirement homes, Florida was a wild (literally) place.

Foremost among its feral stretches was the area now known as Everglades National Park, which covers 1.5 million acres of marshes, lakes and sawgrass prairie.

Here crocodiles, alligators and manatees still swim in miles of rivers and streams, and more than 300 species of birds make their nests among the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere.

The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, right up there with the Grand Canyon and Stonehenge.

Here are the best ways to explore Florida’s proverbial “river of grass.”

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