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Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 6:59 pm | Updated: 8:21 pm, Thu Nov 16, 2017.

  What is the most popular national park in Florida? To no ones surprise it’s Everglades National Park which had 930,907 visitors in 2016 who spent $91,321 at the park, reports 24/7 Wall St. in an article titled, “The Most Popular National Park in Every State.” 

   Interest in the national parks of the United States is growing. The number of visitors who came to national parks in 2016 was 331 million, exceeding the total population of the United States. Just 10 years ago, the number of visitors was closer to 275 million.

   Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness area in the United States. After being hit hard by Hurricane Irma, the park has only recently reopened to visitors. Where else can you find a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance, or rare and endangered species such as the manatee, American crocodile,and the Florida panther?

   24/7 Wall St. reviewed National Park Service visitor data at all national parks, historical parks, recreational areas, national preserves, national memorials, and national monuments in the country to determine how many tourists they had in 2016. While some states have many national parks, others have just one.  A variety of reasons could explain this significant increase of tourism to national parks. An improving economy has put more money in people’s pockets and allowed them to travel to parks. Sharing pictures and videos on social platforms could be motivating people to visit the great outdoors. The trend of healthy living and environmentalism may be influencing tourists to explore.

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