Where is Everglades National Park?

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Unlike most National Parks, Everglades National Park has three entrances in 3 different cities.

Everglades National Park has a total acreage of 1,509,000 acres in Miami Dade County, Monroe County and Collier County. Please note, these entrances are not interconnected. A car is needed at the Everglades because distances are long and there is no public transportation that travels within the park. Each of the three entrances and the interior Flamingo Visitor Center are at least a one-hour drive apart from one another.

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.

On busy weekends in the winter, the Homestead and Shark Valley entrances can become extremely congested. Long lines can form at the entrance gates, and it can be difficult or impossible to find parking at the visitor centers of these entrances. It is recommended to visit these areas on weekdays, arrive early in the day (before 10 AM), and carpool to the park if possible. Purchasing digital entrance passes ahead of your visit can help reduce your wait time at the entrance gates.


Homestead Entrance

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.


Miami Entrance

The Shark Valley Visitor Center is the entrance closest to the Greater Miami Area, Florida.


Everglades City Entrance

The Everglades City entrance is the entrance closest to Naples, Florida. The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is currently closed for construction, but the Ten Thousand Islands area of the park remains accessible by boat.


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.


Last updated: April 19, 2024

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40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034-6733


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