The Chekika Area of Everglades National Park is only open from December through May, so there is one month left to get out there and enjoy it . It closes to the public during the wet season. This Eastern-side access to the Florida Everglades is the quickest to access for most Miami-Dade residents, and there is no admission fee charged. If you are into birds, reptiles, flowers, butterflies or just nature in general you definitely want to check this one out. I enjoy it because it is an easy thirty minute drive from my home and I always come back with some great photos and a story or two. Here is a little Palm Warbler I found hopping back and forth through the tall grass alongside the road leading up to the park.