Flamingo Visitor Center
Directions to the Flamingo Visitor Center
Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north should 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.
The Flamingo Visitor Center lies roughly 38 miles south of the park main entrance. Visitors should expect to drive about an hour before arriving at Flamingo.
GPS systems do not always route to Flamingo Visitor Center by name search.
Hours of Operation
Lobby can be accessed 24 hours for backcountry site self-registration during the summer season.
On April 16, the Buttonwood Cafe at Flamingo will close for our slower summer season. Drinks and snacks are available at the Marina Store. Less visitors come because of more mosquitos and rain, so the Marina has different hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays, and 6:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on weekends.
Plan ahead for food and other needs- Flamingo has minimal services available. Visitors traveling to Flamingo through the main entrance or by boat, need to bring adequate food and water unless planning to eat at the cafe or pick up basic supplies at the marina.
Flamingo Marina Rentals and Boat Tours (239) 695-3101
The marina is open year round. Sandwiches, beverages, basic camping and fishing supplies, and souvenirs are also available here.
Note: Other than the campground, lodging is not available in Flamingo due to damage sustained by Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005.
Did You Know?
Soft-shell turtles may not have the protective hard covering seen on other turtles, but they make up for that with relatively greater speeds in the water. Also, their long noses are well adapted for snorkeling. These amazing animals seem perfectly built for a life in the Everglades!