Operating Hours & Seasons
Everglades National Park is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, however some entrances are closed in the evening or seasonally.
Homestead - Main Entrance: This entrances connects visitors to the Royal Palm area and the Flamingo area. It is open 24 hours a day. There is an entrance fee collected and separate fees for boat tours and canoe or other boat rentals at Flamingo.
Miami - Shark Valley Area: Opened daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is an entrance fee collected at this entrance. and separate fees for tram tours or bike rentals.
Everglades City/Naples - Gulf Coast Area: Opened 24 hours a day. There is no entrance fee collected at this entrance, however there are fees for boat tours and canoe rentals.
Homestead - Chekika Area: Due to budget realities of 2013 - Chekika will not reopen and is closed indefinitely.
Everglades National Park has four visitor centers. Hours of operation vary. Click on the location below for more information.
During the busy, dry season (winter), most facilities are open and a full range of tours and programs are available to enjoy. During the slow, wet season (summer), facilities may have restricted hours or close altogether, and recreational opportunities may be at a minimum.
Did You Know?
Many of the orchids found within the Everglades are "epiphytic," growing on host trees that are used for support. This adaptation allows a variety of plants to grow in an otherwise harsh environment.