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Trip Planning

Navigating the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

Bald Eagle in flight
Bald Eagle in flight

Florida is the United States’ most popular state for birding and wildlife viewing for both domestic and international visitors. There's a good reason for this: 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.

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

Ready Set Go... Wild Tampa

Be Prepared

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

  • We have loaner optics programs at our gateway sites where you can borrow binoculars to use on site. Visit the Trip Planner to find gateway sites.
  • 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.