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 and the Flamingo areas of the park. It is open 24 hours a day, but is not manned after 6:00 p.m. 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. The park remains open 24 hours, but vehicles do not have access after 6:00 p.m.

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: Chekika closed in April of 2013 and will remain closed until sufficient resources are available to professionally maintain operations in the areas. User groups can still access the area through the use of special permits, though facilities won't be maintained.

Everglades National Park has four visitor centers. Hours of operation vary. Click on the location below for more information.

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
Shark Valley
Gulf Coast


Visitor Seasons

The Everglades are a vast area of wilderness set amidst the climactic extremes of the subtropics. Visitors should be aware that the time of year they visit may have bearing on the services available.

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.

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