Flamingo Visitor Center

Aerial image of roof damage to the Flamingo Visitor Center after Hurricane Irma
Aerial image of damage to the Flamingo Visitor Center after Hurricane Irma

Flamingo is partially open due to damage from Hurricane Irma.


The Flamingo Campground has been partially reopened ONLY at the T-Loop and walk-in camp sites. The rest of the campground remains closed. All other concession services remain closed until further notice. For further campground information, Everglades Guest Services may be contacted at (305) 501-2852.

The park's marine waters are open and backcountry permits for the Flamingo area sites are being issued. Permits can be obtained in the Flamingo Visitor Center from 8 am to 4:30 pm daily. For more information, please visit the backcountry camping page.

Clean up and repairs are ongoing in the Flamingo area. The boat ramps are open. The marina store remains closed. Fuel remains unavailable. The Buttonwood Cafe remains closed. The nearest restrooms are by the fish cleaning station near the boat ramp. A very limited supply of drinks and snacks is being offered for sale by the concession in the kayak and canoe rental building.

Ranger led activities have resumed in Flamingo. Visitors can search the park's calendar for upcoming programs across the park.

Kayak & Canoe Rentals Now Available
Everglades Guest Services is now offering kayak and canoe rentals for day-use at Flamingo, in the small rental building next to the Marina Store, which remains closed. Rentals are available on a first-come first-served basis between 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM. For more information, please contact Everglades Guest Services at (305) 501-2852.

Boat Tours at Flamingo Suspended
Due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma, concessions boat tours will be suspended until further notice. Accordingly, the concessioner, Everglades National Park Boat Tours, is issuing refunds to visitors who have already purchased tickets. To obtain a refund, please email your request -- and a copy of your purchase confirmation -- to BoatTours@enpbt.com. We look forward to having tours resume soon.

 
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NPS Photo  J Roark

 

Directions to the Flamingo Visitor Center

Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north should 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 344th St.) and follow the signs to the park.

Visitors driving north from the Florida Keys should turn left on Palm Drive in Florida City and follow the signs to the park.

The Flamingo Visitor Center lies roughly 38 miles south of the park main entrance. Visitors should expect to drive about an hour before arriving at Flamingo.

Would you like to map out your directions?
Search for Everglades National Park via Google or MapQuest can get you driving directions.
Approximate GPS coordinates: 25°08'28.96" N 80°55'25.73" W

GPS systems do not always route to Flamingo Visitor Center by name search.

Hours of Operation
8am - 4:30pm mid-November through mid-April
No regular hours off season (Mid-April through mid-November) as Visitor Center staffed intermittently

Lobby can be accessed 24 hours for backcountry site self-registration during the summer season.
Hours are subject to change. Contact Flamingo Visitor Center by phone 239-695-2945.

 

Amenities
The Flamingo Visitor Center offers educational displays, informational brochures, and backcountry permits. Campground facilities, a public boat ramp, a marina store, and other hiking and canoeing trails are located near the visitor center.

Buttonwood Cafe

The cafe is open seasonally in winter. Plan ahead for food and other needs- Flamingo has minimal services available. Visitors traveling to Flamingo through the main entrance or by boat, need to bring adequate food and water unless planning to eat at the cafe or pick up basic supplies at the marina.

Flamingo Marina Rentals and Boat Tours (239) 695-4901
Houseboat, canoe, kayak, bicycle rentals and boat tours are available through the marina store. Restrooms are available.

Marina Store Hours: Mon-Fri 7am - 5:30 pm, and Sat-Sun 6am - 5:30 pm.
Fuel Sales: 7am - 5:30 pm daily

The marina is open year round. Sandwiches, beverages, basic camping and fishing supplies, and souvenirs are also available here.

Note: Other than the campground, lodging is not available in Flamingo due to damage sustained by Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005.

Last updated: February 13, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

(305) 242-7700

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