Shark Valley Birdland: Tamiami Trail to Miccosukee Cultural Center Professional Review and Guide
"A 60-mile round-trip drive straight into the wet sawgrass prairie of the Everglades along the Tamiami Trail, beginning about 10 miles west of Miami. The drive crosses the famous flat prairie known as the River of Grass and takes you into a winter bird feeding ground at the park’s Shark Valley entrance. Nearby, a Native American site open to the public re-creates pre-1930s Miccosukee Indian tribal life. This drive is a straight path into the Everglades, which the Seminole and Miccosukee people called pay-hay-okee, “grassy waters,” and which noted activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas made famous as the River of Grass.
This drive takes you to Shark Valley, where, in the dry winter season, wading birds and other birds and animals mass in great concentration to feed—on snails, fish, insects, small reptiles, and amphibians—at scarce water sources. Special features: The Tamiami Trail; Everglades National Park, Shark Valley unit; Shark Valley tram ride, observation tower, and bike path; hiking paths; Miccosukee Tribal Cultural Center and Village; birding; wildlife viewing. This chapter is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."