Unlike most National Parks, Everglades National Park has three entrances in 3 different cities.
Traffic & Travel Tips
The Main Park Road from the Homestead entrance has narrow shoulders and pulloffs, and individual parking areas at interpretive trails and waysides. The maximum speed limit is 45 to 55 mph in most areas. Allow plenty of travel time during your visit.
This is the main entrance for Everglades National Park. The Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center is located at this entrance, as well as access to Royal Palm and Flamingo.
40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034
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 344 St.) and follow the signs to the park.
Public transportation to and from the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center and Royal Palm is seasonally available through the City of Homestead trolley service, from approximately December through April. This is the only public transportation offered to anywhere inside of the park. Schedules are subject to change.
Schedules and reservations can be found at the City of Homestead website: Homestead Trolley to the National Parks
The Shark Valley Visitor Center is the entrance closest to the Greater Miami Area, Florida.
36000 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33194
From the Florida Turnpike, get off on exit 25A (from the north) or exit 25 (from the south) take U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail / SW 8th St.) 25 miles west to Shark Valley.
Take U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail / SW 8th St.) approximately 70 miles east to Shark Valley.
Everglades City Entrance
The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is the entrance closest to Naples, Florida.
815 Oyster Bar Lane, Everglades City, FL 34139
Take exit 80 (State Road 29) turn south and proceed 20 miles to Everglades City. Once in Everglades City, follow the signs to the park. The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is on the right.
Drive west on U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) for 40 miles, then turn left on State Road 29. Once in Everglades City, follow the signs to the park. The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is on the right.
Take U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) east toward Miami for approximately 35 miles to State Road 29, then turn right. Once in Everglades City, follow the signs to the park. The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is on the right.
Flamingo Visitor Center
The Flamingo Visitor Center is the southernmost visitor center in Everglades National Park and is the only one of the four visitor centers that is not at an entrance. It is at the end of the Main Park Road and is accessible from the Main Park (Homestead) entrance.
1 Flamingo Lodge Highway, Flamingo, FL 33034
Drive south for 38 miles to the Flamingo Visitor Center.
Last updated: March 13, 2023