Where is Everglades National Park?

Panther Crossing Sign
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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.

40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034

25°23'42.97 N
80°34"59.36 W

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

Miami Entrance

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

36000 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33194

25°45'.60" N
80°46'01.01 W

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 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.

815 Oyster Bar Lane, Everglades City, FL 34139 (Closed for construction)

25°50'49.03" N
81°23'06.85 W

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

25°08'28.96" N
80°55'25.73" W

Drive south for 38 miles to the Flamingo Visitor Center.

Last updated: April 19, 2024

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40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034-6733


305 242-7700

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