What to know about visiting after Hurricane Irma
The Everglades is known for its resilience. When Hurricane Irma made landfall in south Florida as a Category 4 storm in September 2017, it gave this extraordinary ecosystem the opportunity to once again show its strength. Everglades National Park and its surrounding communities were hard-hit, but National Park Service staff from around the country joined Everglades staff and volunteers in intensive cleanup and recovery efforts, to enable safe reopening as soon as possible.
Returning visitors will notice some significant changes, and first time visitors will experience what a natural area looks like after a significant weather event. Because some visitor service closures may remain in effect for some time, a little extra advance planning by our guests will ensure the best possible experience, even as we work toward full eventual restoration of guest services and amenities. Boaters and paddlers will also need to take extra precautions for some time, due to storm generated hazards.
All Areas of the Park are OPEN!
Come visit any of our visitor centers, including the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, the Flamingo Visitor Center, the Shark Valley Visitor Center, and the Gulf Coast Temporary Visitor Center! Ranger-led tours are now offered throughout the park, which you can learn more about through our park calendar.
If you are looking for boat tours, you can enjoy a concession airboat ride along U.S. 41, a 10,000 Islands Boat Tour out of Everglades City, or you can also reserve a tour through one of our permitted tour guides.
Stay overnight to experience and enjoy the vast, starry skies that the park has to offer at our campgrounds! If you plan to backcountry camp, be aware that there are still potential storm-generated hazards in the park's waters.
We’re off to a great start in our fall-winter season, and hope to see you soon!