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 closed due to damage from Hurricane Irma.

The park's marine waters are open for day use. Backcountry permits are not being issued and camping is not allowed at this time. Permitted guides are offering tours and fishing trips in the park's marine areas

Clean up and repairs are ongoing in the Flamingo area. The boat ramps are open. The visitor center, marina store, and campground remain closed. We are working to allow further access once it is safe. No fuel, food, water, or restrooms are available. The nearest restroom is located at West Lake, 7 miles north of Flamingo.

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.


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: October 31, 2017

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Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034


(305) 242-7700

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