Everglades Park Statistics

Area Statistics

  • Total acreage including expansion (land and water): 1,542,526 acres (64,238 hectares; 2,410 square miles), in Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Collier Counties
  • Designated Wilderness: 1,296,500 acres (524,686 hectares); Potential Wilderness: 81,900 acres (33,144 hectares); for a total of 86% of the total park area
  • Elevation: 0 to 8 feet (2.4 m) (average 6 feet / 1.8 m)
  • Average rainfall: 60 inches (152 cm) per year; Rainy season: May through September (mosquito season coincides with the rainy season)
  • Hurricane Season: May 1 through November 15
  • Average temperature: Winter - High 77°F (25 C), Low 53°F (12 C); Summer - High 87°F (31 C), Low 67°F (19 C)

Significant Dates

  • Park authorized: May 10, 1934
  • Established: December 6, 1947, dedicated by President Harry S Truman at Everglades City
  • Designated International Biosphere Reserve on October 26, 1976
  • Designated World Heritage Site in 1979
  • Desiganted Wetland of International Importance on June 4, 1987
  • Designated Wilderness on November 10, 1978, according to guidelines set by Wilderness Act of 1965
  • Hell's Bay Canoe Trail (8 miles / 13 km) and the Wilderness Waterway (99 miles / 159 km) received National Trails Designation on March 20, 1981
  • Everglades Expansion Act added East Everglades (109,500 acres / 44,315 hectares) to the park on December 13, 1989
  • Chekika State Park donated by the State of Florida on October 1, 1991
  • Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 added Tarpon Basin (600 acres / 242 hectares) to the park June 11, 2010

Park Visitation

Everglades National Park keeps track of the total number of visitors that enter the park through its entrance stations (Homestead and Shark Valley), entrance passes, and concession operators.

Average visitation for the park is 1 million visitors. A variety of statistics are available about each National Park across the country individually and collectively through the National Park Public Use Statistics Office. Visit the NPS Social Sciences webpage for additional detailed information about visitors to your national park.

Park Visitor Demographics

The National Park Service supports periodic studies of visitors into the park to better understand the perceptions, needs, and wants of the visiting public and surrounding community. A series of reports are available on the Park Visitor Demographics Page.

Last updated: July 10, 2023

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40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034-6733


305 242-7700

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