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.
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?
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!