Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

Visitor Services

General Information

The park is open year-round, but the peak visiting season is from mid-December through mid-April. For more information, contact Park Headquarters, 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034, or please call (305) 242-7700. Visit our website at www.nps.gov/ever. Also see, the free newspapers for Dry Tortugas National Park and the Trip Planner for all the parks.

Entrance Fees

All park passes are available at park entrance stations. A seven-day permit costs $20 per private vehicle at the main entrance station and $10 per person for pedestrians and cyclists. Commercial vehicle fees are higher.

A seven-day permit for boat launching costs $3 for non-motorized boats and $5 for motorized boats. A 12-month permit for boats is $60. All prices are subject to change.

A 12-month Everglades Park Pass is available for $40. The America the Beautiful—National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass costs $80 and provides admission to many federal sites, national wildlife refuges, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management sites that charge entrance fees. Permanent U.S. residents age 62 and older may purchase a Senior Pass with proof of age and residency, for a one-time fee of $10. An Access Pass is available for free to permanent U.S. residents with lifetime disabilities and a free volunteer pass is available for volunteers who acquire 500 hours of volunteer service on a cumulative basis.

Entrances 

From the east, use the Park's main entrance, located 10 miles southwest of Florida City and Homestead, Florida, on Route 9336. It is open 24 hours a day, including all holidays.

From the north, use the Shark Valley entrance, 35 miles west of downtown Miami on U.S. Route 41 (Tamiami Trail), or 70 miles east of Naples. 

From the west, use the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, located at Everglades City, 70 miles west of downtown Miami, and about 30 miles southeast of Naples. 

From the Florida Keys, the park is only accessible by boat or the main entrance west of Florida City.

Visitor Centers

The Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, located at the Park's main entrance on State Road 9336, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. December—April, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May—November. State-of-the-art exhibits, educational displays, brochures, activity schedules and information on boat tours and canoe rentals are available. Books, film, postcards, insect repellent and other items may be purchased here.

Located four miles from the main entrance station, Royal Palm Nature Center offers books, film, postcards, insect repellants, vending machines and other items. Royal Palm is also the departure point for the Anhinga and Gumbo-Limbo trails.

Located 38 miles from the main entrance at the park's southern end, Flamingo Visitor Center offers natural history exhibits, backcountry permits, and information on Flamingo's visitor services. Some services are limited during the off-season.

In addition, the Gulf Coast Visitor Center at Everglades City, located at the west entrance, has maps, backcountry permits, information, boat tours, canoe rentals, bookstore and displays of shore and marine life. Shark Valley Visitor Center, on the Tamiami Trail (US Hwy 41), offers sightseeing trams, bicycle rentals and a bookshop. 

Emergencies

In case of an emergency, call (305) 247-7272, (800) 788-0511, or #NPS from a cell phone. First aid is available from park rangers and at the park's ranger stations. Check locally for the location of the closest hospital or urgent care facility.

Gas and Service Stations 

Gasoline and propane may be obtained in nearby communities around the park. Gas is also available at the Flamingo Marina.

Laundry and Showers

Cold showers are available at Flamingo Campground.

Lodging

Flamingo Lodge is closed indefinitely because of damage sustained from Hurricanes Wilma and Katrina. Lodging is available in nearby Homestead, Florida City and in the greater Miami area. Contact the Tropical Everglades Visitor Association at (800) 388-9669 or the Homestead & Florida City Chamber of Commerce at (305) 247-2332 for more information.

Lost and Found

To report a lost or found item, go to a park visitor center or call (305) 242-7700. 

Marinas and Boat Ramps

Boat launching ramps are available in Everglades City near the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, Flamingo, West Lake, Paurotis Pond (motorless boats only) and along the main park road. Check at visitor centers for horsepower restrictions.

Postal Services

Post offices are located in nearby communities.

Religious Services

Churches of several denominations are located outside the park in Florida City, Everglades City and Homestead.

Supplies and Souvenirs

Film is available at the Ernest F. Coe, Royal Palm and Shark Valley visitor centers. No film processing is available.

The Flamingo Marina Store offers snacks, groceries, souvenirs, camping supplies, bait, tackle and fuel.