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Everglades National Park
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034
Phone 305.242.7700
Website of Everglades National Park at NPS

Location and Size

The Everglades is an expansive area of land in extreme southern Florida, southwest of Miami, and southeast of Naples. The ecosystem of the Everglades is not presently found anywhere else on earth.

Everglades National Park is the third largest park in the lower 48 states, covering 2,400 square miles!

The system begins near Orlando with the Kissimmee River, which discharges into the vast, shallow Lake Okeechobee. Water leaving the lake in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long, flowing southward across a limestone shelf to Florida Bay at the southern end of Florida.

Getting to the Park

Even with its extreme size, it is easy to access the park’s three main areas. The northern section of the park is accessible via Miami or Everglades City, the southern section is accessible through Homestead. See maps to the right, and below.

The Weather

It is warm year round in South Florida! The Everglades has two distinct seasons: the dry season and wet season.

Dry season lasts from November to March, and is the busy season because of the warm winters that attract the largest variety of wading birds and their predators.

Wet season runs from April to November. Hurricane season ranges from June 1 to November 30. The wet season is buggy and many ranger programs are no longer offered. Check ahead of time for the current schedule of ranger programs.

Let's Visit the Park!

Visiting the Everglades allows you to explore a vast diversity of flora and fauna in different eco-systems: freshwater sloughs, marl prairies, tropical hammocks, pinelands, cypress, mangrove, coastal lowlands, marine, and estuarine. There is a lot of area to discover at the Everglades, so it is vital to do your research in advance, and be prepared to make the best use of your time in the park.

We have visited the Everglades on numerous trips, and have enjoyed its many attractions, tours, trails and outdoor activities. Often we stop in the Everglades as we traverse the Tamiami Trail on our way from other nearby destinations, like Sanibel Island, the Corkscrew Swamp and the Florida Keys.

Spend a day, or more, and enjoy and explore Everglades National Park!

Aerial view of part of Everglades National Park in southern Florida
Aerial view of part of Everglades National Park in southern Florida

Southern Terminus-Florida Trail
Southern Terminus-Florida Trail

 

Young Mangrove Tree
Young Mangrove Tree
Mature Mangrove Swamp
Mature Mangrove Trees

 

Attractions in the Park

There is no shortage of activities for individuals, groups, or families to enjoy outdoors. The diverse habitats allow for enjoyable activities ranging from hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking, fresh and saltwater fishing, and camping in the ultimate wilderness.

Boardwalk along the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park
Boardwalk along the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park

Things to do in and around Everglades National Park ... from TripAdvisor

 

Everglades National Park Tours ... TripAdvisor reviews, photos

Things to do in Everglades National Park

Eco Tours in Everglades National Park

Nature and Wildlife in Everglades National Park


Visitors watching for alligators in Everglades National Park
Visitors watching for alligators in Everglades National Park

 

 

Visitor Centers

Flamingo Visitor Center

The Flamingo Visitor Center offers educational displays, informational brochures, and backcountry permits. Campground facilities, a public boat ramp, a marina store, and other hiking and canoeing trails are located near the visitor center.

Plan ahead for food and other needs, as there are minimal services available in the park. Visitors traveling to Flamingo through the main entrance or by boat, need to bring adequate food and water unless planning to eat at the Buttonwood Cafe or pick up basic supplies at the marina.

Ernest Coe Visitor Center

The Ernest Coe Visitor Center is open 365 days a year. It offers educational displays, orientation films, and informational brochures. Special collections by local artists are often displayed. Books, film, postcards, and insect repellent may be purchased in the adjoining bookstore. A series of popular walking trails begin only a short drive from the visitor center. Restrooms are available.

Exterior view of the Ernest Coe Visitor Center
Shopping in downtown Juneau, Alaska
Exhibit area in the Coe Visitor Centero
Homes near downtown Juneau

 

Shark Valley Visitor Center

Shark Valley Visitor Center offers educational displays, a park video and informational brochures. Books, postcards, and other souvenirs are available in the gift store. Guided tram tours, bicycle rentals, snacks and soft drinks are available from Shark Valley Tram Tours, Inc. Two short walking trails (one accessible), are located off the main trail for your enjoyment. Restrooms are available.

Gulf Coast Visitor Center 

The Gulf Coast Visitor Center serves as the gateway for exploring the Ten Thousand Islands, a maze of mangrove islands and waterways that extends to Flamingo and Florida Bay accessible only by boat in this region.

Map of the Park

Shown to the right is a map of Everglades National Park, courtesy of the National Park Service.

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Map of Everglades National Park ... click to enlarge

 

 

Wildlife in the Everglades

American Alligators are plentiful in Everglades National Park ... notice the round snout
Scene along Ocean Drive in Kennebunkport, Maine
American Crocodile, with its pointed snout, basking in the sun in the Florida Everglades
American Crocodile, with its pointed snout, basking in the sun in the Florida Everglades
Anhinga drying its wings in the Florida Everglades
Anhinga drying its wings in the Florida Everglades
Birds resting in the trees in the Florida Everglades

Roseate Spoonbill hunting for food in the Florida Everglades
Roseate Spoonbill hunting for food in the Florida Everglades

Florida Panther crossing
Florida Panther crossing

Bird life is varied and plentiful ... a birdwatcher's dream!
Bird life is varied and plentiful ... a birdwatcher's dream!

 

Lodging Options Near Everglades National Park

 

Hotels and lodging in Naples ... TripAdvisor reviews, photos, reservations

Hotels and lodging in Everglades City

Hotels and lodging in Homestead

Hotels and lodging in Miami

 

Trees and Vegetation in the Everglades

Palm trees and dense vegetation in the Everglades National Park
Palm trees and dense vegetation in the Everglades National Park


Mangrove trees in the Everglades National Park
Mangrove trees in the Everglades National Park
Cypress trees and air plants in the Everglades National Park
Cypress trees and air plants in the Everglades National Park

 

More Information about the Everglades

Website of Everglades National Park at NPS

 

Everglades National Park on Facebook

 

VisitFlorida: Everglades National Park