This vast wilderness, encompassing 1.5 million acres, is one of America’s great natural treasures. As a major draw for visitors to South Florida, there’s much to see and do. You can spy alligators basking in the noonday sun as herons stalk patiently through nearby waters in search of prey, go kayaking amid tangled mangrove canals and on peaceful lakes, or wade through murky knee-high waters amid cypress domes on a rough-and-ready ‘slough slog.’ There are sunrise strolls on boardwalks amid the awakening glimmers of birdsong, and moonlit glimpses of gators swimming gracefully along narrow channels in search of dinner. Backcountry camping, bicycle tours and ranger-led activities help bring the magic of this place to live. The biggest challenge is really just deciding where to begin.