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Everglades NP


Data & Facts

Directions & Operating hours
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. The main park entrance (in Homestead) is open 24 hours a day. The Shark Valley entrance is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Park waters are open 24 hours a day. The park's visitor centers have varied hours of operation.


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

Area Statistics

Total acreage including expansion (land and water): 1,509,000 acres (610,684 hectares, 2,358 square miles), in Dade, Monroe, and Collier Counties

Designated Wilderness: 1,296,500 acres (524,686 hectares); Potential Wilderness: 81,900 acres (33,144 hectares); for a total of 86% of the total park area

Elevation: 0 to 8 feet (2.4 m) (average 6 feet / 1.8 m)

Average rainfall: 60 inches (152 cm) per year; Rainy season: May through September (mosquito season coincides with the rainy season)

Hurricane Season: May 1 through November 15

Average temperature: Winter - High 77°F (25 C), Low 53°F (12 C); Summer - High 87°F (31 C), Low 67°F (19 C)


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.


The Flamingo Lodge, restaurant, and cafe are currently closed due to the damage caused by strong winds and storm surges from Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005. For the latest status information, you may contact the lodge directly at 239-695-3101, or contact the park switchboard at 305-242-7700.

Lodging is available in communities that border the park, including Homestead, Florida City, Miami, Everglades City, and Chokoloskee. Contact the local chamber of commerce or visitor information bureau for a listing of local accommodations.

Visit the parks official website for information about accomodations and the Xanterra Website for Flamingo Lodge Accommodation - see the link further below.


Everglades National Park offers wonderful camping opportunities in both the frontcountry and backcountry. While camping is available year-round, persons visiting during the wet season should be aware of potentially difficult and uncomfortable conditions. Visitors should also be well-prepared as camping equipment is not available for rent or purchase in the park.
Please visit also the official Website of Everglades National Park, and Recreation.gov for reservations.
See Weblinks further below.

Visitor Center

  • Ernest Coe Visitor Center (Homestead, FL)
  • Flamingo Visitor Center (Flamingo, FL)
  • Shark Valley Visitor Center (Shark Valley)
  • Gulf Coast Visitor Center (Everglades City, FL)

Find more information about the Visitor Centers: Visitor Centers
Please visit also the official Website of Everglades National Park, see link further below.

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Source: National Park Service; magazineUSA.com
Last modified: 20070216
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