Everglades National Park

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53 mi 85 km

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45 mi 72 km

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Everglades National Park protects a unique and unparalleled landscape. Spanning 1.5 million acres, the Everglades' wet sawgrass prairies, mangrove swamps, Florida Bay and Gulf Coast estuaries, and dry tropical hardwood hammocks and pinelands provide habitat for a wildlife spectacle like no other. The park is home to numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther as well as a host of other wildlife such as turtles, herons, alligators, and dolphins. Visitors can enjoy a multitude of activities including hiking, canoeing, biking, camping, ranger-led programs, tram tours, and boat tours. The opportunities to explore the amazing subtropical wilderness of the Everglades are endless.

To learn more about Everglades National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Details

Visitor Centers:
Everglades National Park has four visitor centers. The hours of operation vary by season and are subject to change. Check the park's website for current hours of operation.

  • Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center: Open 8 am to 5 pm mid-December to mid-April. Open 9 am to 5 pm mid-April to mid-December.
  • Flamingo Visitor Center: Open 8 am to 4:30 pm mid-November to mid-April. Off-season hours vary based on staffing.
  • Shark Valley Visitor Center: Open 8:30 am to 5 pm mid-December to mid-April. Open 9 am to 5 pm mid-April to mid-December.
  • Gulf Coast Visitor Center: Open 8 am to 4:30 pm mid-November to mid-April. Open 9 am to 4:30 mid-April to mid-November.

Visiting Tips

Everglades National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, however some entrances are closed in the evening or seasonally. To see current conditions and hours of operation, visit the park's website. Visitors should also be aware that the services offered by the park vary by season. During the busy, dry winter season, most facilities are open and a full range of tours and programs are available. During the slow, wet summer season, facilities may have reduced hours or closures, and recreational opportunities may be at a minimum.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping and Lodging

Camping:
There are two drive-in campgrounds accessible from the Homestead entrance of the park. Both accommodate tents and RV's with a limited number of group sites. Camping is available year-round, although if visiting during the wet season (June through November) visitors should come prepared for the conditions. For more information on camping in the park, click here.

  • Long Pine Key Campground: 108 sites available on a first come, first served basis. $20 per night. 1 group site that can be reserved by calling (305) 242-7700. Open seasonally November through May.
  • Flamingo Campground: 234 sites. $20 per night for a regular site. $30 per night for a site with electric hookup. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.

Additionally, there are a number of backcountry camping sites in the park ranging from ground sites, beach sites, and elevated camping platforms. A backcountry permit is required for all wilderness campsites and must be issued the day before at either the Flamingo or Gulf Coast Visitor Center or the fee station at the main park entrance in Homestead. For more information on backcountry camping, click here.

Lodging:
There is no lodging located in the park, but visitors can find a variety of accommodations in the nearby towns of Homestead or Miami.

Shops, Shuttles and Tours

Everglades National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

In addition to ranger-led activities, there are several other guided tours through the park. To learn more about boat tours along the mangrove coast at both Flamingo and the Gulf Coast or tram tours of the Shark River Slough, click here.

Maps and Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Food and Drink

There are no restaurants or stores located within Everglades National Park. Snacks and soft drinks are available from Shark Valley Tram Tours. Buttonwood Cafe and the Flamingo Marina, located adjacent to the Flamingo Visitor Center, offer sandwiches, beverages, and basic camping and fishings supplies. There are a variety of restaurant options located outside of the park in the nearby towns.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Don't jump into a corner, don't start a jump from the middle, and start with an empty spot in the middle of any outside row. Follow these tips and you'll figure out the peg game.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Nothing better than the red light.
Chefs On The Run You have to try the hibiscus tea it rocks have it with splenda. Also the veggie burger is real veggies not something trying to be meat it is great. No matter what you get it is the best
10 E Mowry Dr, Homestead FL — (305) 245-0085
Casita Tejas Get the Queso while you wait on your meal.
Soriano Brothers I love the chicharrĂ³nes and guarapo juice. mmmmmm =)
80 NE 15th St, Homestead FL — (305) 247-3717
Mario's Latin Cafe Order the hash browns. Soooo good!
Son of A Pizza The pizza and pasta are amazing!
Taqueria Morelia Best tacos in Homestead!
1871 NE 8th St, Homestead FL — (305) 247-0877
Dunkin' Donuts D&D coffee is the best!
Portofino Coal Fired Pizza 1.50 beers amazing.
2220 NE 8th St, Homestead FL — (305) 248-2575
Panera Bread Drive thru was very fast! ;) Great service too.
2493 NE 9th Ct, Homestead FL — (305) 246-5740
Olive Garden Never ending pasta bowl until oct 9 :)
2575 NE 8th St, Homestead FL — (305) 245-1450
Shivers Bar-B-Q Best of Miami 2013- Best Barbecue: Shivers BBQ. After a long drive down to Homestead, you can enjoy the family owned BBQ and all their homemade suaces and recepies.
La Playa Grill When coming to La Playa Grill for lunch/dinner/drinks let the security guard that your coming here and the will give you a ticket and u can get into the park FREE... After 4 there is not a guard...
Alabama Jack's Great stop on your way in or out of the florida keys.
La Perla Peruvian Restaurant Comete de postre un rico babarua!!! #delicioso
13742 SW 152nd St, Miami FL — (786) 293-7101
Sundowners Be sure to sit outside on the patio! Amazing views.
Senor Frijoles The lobster tacos are deep fried, should be grilled
Breezer's Tiki Bar Outstanding conch fritters!

Other Activities

When not exploring the trails of the Everglades, visitors have plenty of other outdoor activities to choose from. When not camping, hiking, biking, bird watching, or wildlife viewing, visitors can enjoy exploring the Everglades by boat, kayak, or canoe. For those looking to extend their adventure in the area, Biscayne National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Dry Tortugas National Park are located nearby and feature many of the same great outdoor activities available in Everglades National Park.
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