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Everglades NP


Florida

Data & Facts: Visitor Centers

Ernest Coe Visitor Center (Homestead, FL)


Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north may take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends, merging with U.S. 1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive (State Road 9336/SW 344th St.) and follow the signs to the park. Visitors driving north from the Florida Keys should turn left on Palm Drive in Florida City and follow the signs to the park.
The Ernest Coe Visitor Center is open 365 days a year.
Hours of Operation:
November - April: 8 am - 5 pm
May - October: 9 am - 5 pm
Hours subject to change, please call: 305-242-7700

Flamingo Visitor Center (Flamingo, FL)

Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north may take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends, merging with U.S. 1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive (State Road 9336/SW 344th St.) and follow the signs to the park. Visitors driving north from the Florida Keys should turn left on Palm Drive in Florida City and follow the signs to the park.

The Flamingo Visitor Center lies roughly 38 miles south of the park entrance.
Visitors should expect to drive about an hour before arriving at Flamingo.

The Flamingo Visitor Center offers educational displays, informational brochures, backcountry permits and restrooms. A campground and public boat ramps are also located nearby.
There are several hiking and canoeing trails in the area.

Visitors should be aware that no lodging is currently available due to damage sustained by Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005.

The Flamingo Visitor Center is generally open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm from mid-November to mid-April. Summer hours are intermittent and subject to change. Visitors are encouraged to call for the latest information.
Contact: 239-695-2945

Shark Valley Visitor Center (Shark Valley)

The Shark Valley Visitor Center is located on Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail) 25 miles west of the Florida Turnpike exit for S.W. 8th Street. From the Naples area, take U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) east to Shark Valley.

The Shark Valley Visitor Center lies in the heart of the "River of Grass" and offers educational displays, informational brochures and restrooms. Guided tram tours are available and bicycles may be rented at the center. Books, postcards, film, insect repellent, and other items are available for sale. Vending machines dispense snacks and soft drinks.

The Shark Valley Visitor Center is open daily from 8:45 am to 5:15 pm in winter, 9:15-5:15 in summer. Hours are subject to change.
Contact: 305-221-8776

Gulf Coast Visitor Center (Everglades City, FL)

The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is located 5 miles south of Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail) on State Road 29, in Everglades City. From Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley), take exit 80 (State Road 29) south and proceed 20 miles to Everglades City. Once in Everglades City, follow the signs to the park. The visitor center is on the right.

The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is open 365 days a year. It serves as the gateway for exploring the Ten Thousand Islands, a maze of mangrove islands and waterways that extends to Flamingo and Florida Bay. It offers educational displays, orientation films, informational brochures, backcountry permits and restrooms. Boat tours and canoe rentals are available. Restaurants, stores, lodging and campgrounds are located nearby.

Hours of Operation
8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily in Winter
9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily in Summer
Hours subject to change
Contact: 239-695-3311


Please visit also the official Website of Everglades National Park, see link further below.

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