Trip Planning

Bald Eagle - Photo credit - Tom Dunkerton

Florida is the United States’ most popular state for birding and wildlife viewing with both domestic and international visitors; And for good reason, Florida is home to a wide variety of species, many of which are not found anywhere else in the United States. Planning a birding and wildlife viewing trip to Florida can be quite daunting so we have created this page to help YOU plan your wildlife viewing adventure.

Navigating the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

Ready Set Go Guides

There are a many ways of navigating the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. Flying into one of our airports and looking for a short trip into the wild? Check out our Ready Set Go … Wild guides.

Ready Set Go…Wild Orlando Adobe PDF

Ready Set Go…Wild Tampa Adobe PDF

Trip Planning

If it’s a particular bird species you are after, try our trip planning tool.  In addition to bird species, you may also search for habitats and amenities/features at each of the 491 Birding Trail sites.

Trip Planning Tool

Mobile Apps 

Use our Nature Viewing mobile app to get directions to all of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail sites.

  1. Open the app and click on the Florida icon (top left).
  2. A list of Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail sites will populate (nearest one to your current location will be listed first).
  3. Click on map (top right corner). Google maps will open allowing you to get directions from your current position.
  4. Alternatively you can click 493 sites (top left corner) and scroll through a list of all the sites.
Android App
Android Version
Apple App
Apple Version


Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Guides

GFBWT East Section GFBWT Panhandle Section GFBWT West Section GFBWT South Section


Be prepared.

Here is a list of items you will need, to help maximize your wildlife viewing experience in Florida.

  • Binoculars and telescope. We have loaner optics programs at several trail sites where you can borrow binoculars to use on site.
  • Digital camera with plenty of memory cards (photographic opportunities are excellent in Florida).
  • Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail guides.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing (UV protective hat and clothing is recommended).
  • Florida Atlas & Gazetteer.
  • The Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail mobile app (available for apple and android devices).


FWC Facts:
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