Spring Break at Florida's National Parks by Kathrine Eldridge, Wardrobe Stylist

Another Spring break trip is on the books and it was so amazing visiting all three of Florida’s National Parks. I couldn’t get enough of the warmth and sunshine but it’s back to reality. Read on to learn more about our experiences in Biscayne, Dry Tortugas and the Everglades National Parks.

Where We Stayed – Redlands Cabin

Redlands Cabin in Homestead, Florida
Pool at Redlands Cabin in Homestead, Florida

Probably the best part of this trip was where we stayed. I chose a place in Homestead, Florida that was central to these three parks. It was paradise on Earth! When you hear cabin, you think rustic. Not this place! It had three bedrooms, 2 baths and had a gorgeous wrap around porch that I sat on every morning with my coffee. Our Redlands cabin had all the modern amenities which included our own pool and private lagoon. This 20-acre property was incredible. Click here to read more about this property. I highly recommend staying here.

Private Lagoon at Redlands Cabin in Homestead, Florida

Biscayne National Park

First up was Biscayne National Park which was only 20 minutes away from our cabin. We took the Morning Jones Lagoon Paddle Eco-Adventure which consisted of a 30 minute boat ride to the lagoon where we used paddle boards to explore. We paddled for about 1 1/2 hours in the beautiful mangroves where the water was so clear. We saw several interesting creatures including Cassiopea jellyfish, sea cucumber and sponge coral, a tiny cute Lemon shark, and stingrays. (Yes, I said cute shark.) The water and area was so serene and quiet. I would love to do this tour again if I had the chance.

Paddle Boarding in Biscayne National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

The pristine waters near Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park

This national park is just south of Key West which was about 3 hours away from Homestead. We decided to head down to Key West the day before and stay overnight there because the ferry tour to the Tortugas left at 7am.

Here is the National Park Service’s description of this wonderful place.

This 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands.  Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequents the area.

We arrived at Fort Jefferson around 10:30 am and listened to a brief talk about the history of the Fort. We then walked around the fort and witnessed amazing views from the top. Soon after, we got our snorkel gear and snorkeled around the fort where we saw some fish and coral. We didn’t see as much as we hoped to because the waters were a little choppy and the water wasn’t super clear. I enjoyed hanging at the beach afterwards where I got some beach reading in. My older son explored a little more and saw a peregrine falcon which I also got to see. I think my favorite park of this park was the pristine waters in the area. The colors were magnificent!

Everglades National Park

Last up on our trip was the Everglades. We did the fresh water part of the Everglades first which consisted of the Shark Valley tram tour. This tour is a must because you can see several alligators, turtles, and birds close up. We also saw a huge crocodile which is not a normal sight in the park.

The next day we did the Tour the Glades private motorboat eco tour which brought us around the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Logan was our tour guide and he brought us up close to some manatees and dolphins. Soon after, he took us to a sandy deserted island where we found shells, crabs and gorgeous white sand.

A Trip To Remember

All I can say is that I enjoyed every minutes of our Spring Break trip. I did not share several other things we did like visiting Miami’s Wynwood Walls art district or dinner in South Beach. This post can only be so long! Miami is a beautiful city and I hope to get back there again.

So what National Park should we do next?