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Plan Your Visit

Visitors should be prepared for approximately 2 -3 inches of water flowing over the road between the gate and the entrance station.


Four visitor centers can be found throughout Everglades National Park. 

Ernest Coe.....Flamingo.....Shark Valley.....Gulf Coast.....

Each boasts unique leisure and recreational opportunities for you, the visitor. 

Unless there is an emergency...the visitor centers are open 7-days a week or 365-days...no matter how you look at it...it comes out to a whole year of adventure!

Operating Hours & Seasons

Hours of Operation
Everglades National Park is open 365 days a year.

The park is located on the southern tip of Florida, and is accessible from different areas.

Main Park entrance (Homestead/Florida City), is open 24 hours a day.

Chekika entrance (currently closed), follow the sign off Krome Ave. in the Redlands, is open dawn to dusk.

Shark Valley entrance off of Tamiami Trail / US 41, is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Gulf Coast entrance south of the intersection of Tamiami Trail / US 41 and Route 29, is open 24 hours.

Visitor Seasons

The Everglades are a vast area of wilderness set admist the climactic extremes of the subtropics.  Visitors should be aware that the time of year they visit may have bearing on the services available. 

During the busy dry season (winter), most facilities are open and a full range of tours and programs are available to enjoy.  During the slow wet season (summer), facilities may have restricted hours or close altogether, and recreational opportunities may be at a minimum.

Fees & Reservations


Private vehicle - $10.00 - good for 7 consecutive days at all entrances to the park.

Pedestrian/Cyclist - $5.00 - good for 7 consecutive days at all entrances to the park.  Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, or motorcycle. Individuals 16 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.

Everglades National Park Annual Pass - $25.00 
Valid for twelve months from the date of purchase, for unlimited visits to the park. It admits the purchaser and any accompanying persons in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, or the purchaser and accompanying immediate family (spouse, children, parents) when entry is by other means (bicycle, foot, and boat).

Commercial Tour - Entrance fees are charged based on the seating capacity of the vehicle.

Motorcoach (26 or more passengers) - $200
Minibus (16-25 passengers) - $100
Van (17-15 passengers) - $75
Sedan (1-6 passengers) - $25


Camping Fees at park campgrounds - $16.00 per night

Backcountry Camping Fees (Permit Required):
$10.00 per permit plus $2.00 per person per night - Maximum 14 days.

Things To Do

A vast expanse of roughly 1.5 million acres, there seems no end to the adventures that can be found in Everglades National Park. 
You may find yourself spending a morning photographing the birds, an afternoon might be spent hiking and seeing the alligators taking advantage of the warmth of the sun, you might take a tour with a ranger or just spend an evening enjoying the warmth of your campfire. 

With so many adventures you may have no idea what you would like to do, so, for some ideas click on the links above.


Things To Know Before You Come

South Florida's subtropical climate brings significant seasonal changes to the Everglades landscape.  Here, the temperate four seasons give way to  more extreme fluctuations of wet and dry weather.  To ensure an enjoyable and rewarding trip, visitors should plan their travel in the season most conducive to their pursuits.
Because the seasons differ so dramatically, we encourage you to read a bit about visiting during the Dry Season and the Wet Season.

Other things we would like you to know:

  • Please keep in mind your physical limititations when hiking, biking or paddling here in the Everglades, especially if not from Florida. We are a sub-tropical environment it can be very hot and humid, especially in the summer.
  • Please familiarize yourself with the trails before hiking, biking, or paddling. Such as how long the trail is and the approximate time it takes to do a certain trail. Ask a park ranger or park volunteer if unsure.
  • Do not hike, bike, or paddle without someone knowing where you will be going.
  • Bring water (especially in the summer), insect repellent (summer - especially in heavy vegetation), sunscreen, and proper clothing for the activity you will be doing.
  • When walking the trails please keep small children close at hand and under supervision, remember, you are in a wilderness area, our animals move about freely.
  • Please do not bring pets on the trails. Not only do you put their life in danger, you put yours in danger as well.
  • Do not feed any wildlife that you encounter, this includes the birds (crows and grackles). Feeding wildlife of any kind will eventually make the animal aggressive.
  • No rollerblades, rollerskates, scooters, or skateboards allowed on any of the trails within the park.
  • If traveling with your pet and have no choice but to leave it in your vehicle please make sure the windows are open far enough for air circulation, park in the shade (if possible) and leave plenty of water. Please keep your activity short.

History & Culture

Though Everglades National Park is known for its stunning displays of wildlife, the area also boasts a rich and colorful past.  People have come here for centuries hoping to find riches, adventure and safe harbor.  Take a moment journey through the human struggles and triumphs within this remarkable landscape.

Nature & Science

The boundaries of Everglades National Park protect only the southern one-fifth of the historic Everglades ecosystem. In its entirety, this massive watershed boasts a multitude of habitats that provide a subtropical refuge to a unique assemblage of wildlife.  

With the passage of time and the growth of human population centers in south Florida, the park serves a new role-- serving as a touchstone against which to guage the impacts of man on the natural world. Scientific study is the key to better understanding, and managing, the resources entrusted to our care and protection.