Federal Government Shutdown: Where to Snorkel, Kayak, and See Gators Until the National Parks Reopen

If you had grand plans for an Everglades adventure or a killer scuba session in Biscayne National Park this week, think again. Thanks to Congress' inability to get its shit together, non-essential government programs have been shut down as of this morning -- and that includes both Miami-area national parks.

That's bad news for park employees, as well as the private tourist companies who work within the park grounds. But it's not necessarily bad news for you, would-be outdoor explorer. You may not be able to see the 'Glades unique, swampy terrain or Biscayne's protected, but you can still do all the things you had in mind elsewhere in South Florida.