Guided Tours & Other Services

A park ranger talking to a group of students
A park ranger talking to a group of students

NPS Photo D. Diaz

Ranger-Guided Tours

Everglades National Park is open every day and ranger-led programs are offered year round. Use the Park Calendar to find information about the park's ranger-led programs, events and more! The spring schedule of events is posted in mid-March; the summer schedule in early June; and the fall schedule in early November.

 
Group getting ready to depart on tram tour
Group getting ready to depart on tram tour

Photo Courtesy of Bob Nodell

Shark Valley Tram Tours

Guided two-hour narrated tram tours are offered along a fifteen-mile loop trail into the "River of Grass".

Visit their website at: https://www.sharkvalleytramtours.com/

Guided two-hour narrated tram tours are offered along a fifteen-mile loop trail into the "River of Grass".

Tours depart from the Shark Valley Visitor Center located along U.S. Hwy 41/Tamiami Trail, 25 miles west of Miami, FL. Reservations are strongly recommended from November through April when Everglades National Park is at its busiest.

Guided two-hour narrated tram tours are offered along a fifteen-mile loop trail into the "River of Grass".

Tours depart from the Shark Valley Visitor Center located along U.S. Hwy 41/Tamiami Trail, 25 miles west of Miami, FL. Reservations are strongly recommended from November through April when Everglades National Park is at its busiest.

Bicycle rentals are $9/hour and are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and a driver’s license or ID is required to rent bikes. All rentals are single-gear, coaster brake models with adjustable seats to accommodate riders of different heights. Baskets and helmets are available for all rental bikes. In addition, 20” children’s bikes and bikes with child seats are available for children of 35 pounds or less.
 
Visitors Kayaking
Visitors enjoying kayak rentals from Flamingo Adventures!

Photo Courtesy of Flamingo Adventures

Everglades Guest Services - Long Pine Key, Flamingo

Both the Florida Bay and the Whitewater Bay Boat Tours are available daily!

For prices, hours, or camping reservations call 855-708-2207, or, for camping reservations, please visit their website at: https://flamingoeverglades.com/.

Back Country Boat Tour
The 90 minute Everglades Backcountry Whitewater Bay Tour ventures up the Buttonwood Canal through Coot Bay and Tarpon Creek into the mouth of Whitewater Bay. Along the way, the naturalist will highlight the unique plant and animal life the Everglades has to offer while outlining the rich history of Flamingo and Everglades National Park. Check
Flamingo Everglades' website for times, availability, and pricing.

Florida Bay Boat Tour
This 90-minute tour departs Flamingo Marina and ventures into the expansive Florida Bay. A naturalist will highlight the birds and sea life of the area while providing a history of Flamingo and its surrounding keys. SEA HAWK, the Florida Bay tour vessel, is a double deck catamaran that provides incredible views to guests. While no tours are alike and scenery changes from day to day, possibilities on this trip include ospreys, wading birds, manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, and gorgeous sunsets. Check
Flamingo Everglades' website for times, availability, and pricing.


Boat tour tickets may be purchased in the Marina Store. Visit www.flamingoeverglades.com or call (352) 701-6581 for more information. Boat tours of Whitewater Bay and Florida Bay depart from the Flamingo Marina located next to the Flamingo Visitor Center (38 miles into the park, 50 miles from Homestead, FL).

 
Everglades Florida Adventures Logo
Everglades Florida Adventures Logo

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Everglades Florida Adventures - Gulf Coast

The National Park Service has awarded a 1-year temporary concessions contract to Guest Services, Inc. to provide interpretive boat tours and equipment rentals at Everglades National Park's entrance in Everglades City.

For prices, hours, or Ten-Thousand Islands Boat Tour reservations call 855-793-5542 or visit their website at: https://evergladesfloridaadventures.com/

The 10,000 Islands tour departs daily from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in beautiful Everglades City, FL. This 90-minute excursion ventures across Chokoloskee Bay, into Indian Key Pass, and through the mangrove islands of Everglades National Park.

Reservations can be made online or by calling (855) 793-5542.

 

Airboat Tours

There are three authorized airboat businesses that offer professional airboat tours inside Everglades National Park.

All three (Coopertown, Everglades Safari Park, and Gator Park) are located along US Hwy 41/Tamiami Trail between Miami and Shark Valley.

Airboat tours are provided at 22700 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL 33194, located approximately 11 miles west of the Florida Turnpike on US 41, the Tamiami Trail. Tours operate 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:50 PM.

Airboat tours are provided at 26700 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL 33194, located approximately 15 miles west of the Florida Turnpike on US 41, the Tamiami Trail. Tours operate 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Airboat tours are provided at 24050 Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL 33194, located approximately 12 miles west of the Florida Turnpike on US 41, the Tamiami Trail. Tours operate 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 
Boating at sunset on Florida Bay

Permitted Tour Guides

Guided tours are available for those who'd like to see the park with assistance of someone who's familiar with different aspects of this 1.5 million acre wilderness, but want to do this on their own schedule and in smaller more personal groups or individually.

Information on other guided tour providers can be found by visiting our Permitted Tour Guides page. The range of services include:

  • Canoe and kayak tours

  • Eco tours

  • Fishing guides

  • Photography tours and more!

Last updated: July 26, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

(305) 242-7700

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