Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year! We are open, rain or shine, everyday including all holidays. Park visitor center hours vary depending on staff levels, locations and seasons.

We have three entrances to access Everglades National Park, but they do not interconnect within the park.

Homestead - Main Entrance: This entrance connects visitors to the Royal Palm and the Flamingo areas of the park. It is open 24 hours a day. There is an entrance fee collected. If you are interested in taking a boat tour or rent a canoe, kayak or other boats at Flamingo, a separate fee applies.

Miami - Shark Valley Area: Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is an entrance fee collected at the gate. Separate fees apply for tram tours and bike rentals. The park remains open 24 hours, but vehicles do not have access after 6:00 p.m.

Everglades City/Naples - Gulf Coast Area: Open 24 hours a day. There is no entrance fee collected at this entrance, however there are fees for boat tours and canoe rentals.

Homestead - Chekika Area:Chekika closed in April of 2013 and will remain closed until sufficient resources are available to professionally maintain operations in the areas. User groups can still access the area through the use of special permits, though facilities won't be maintained.

Everglades National Park has four visitor centers. Hours of operation vary. Click on the location below for more information.

Visitor Centers

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
Shark Valley
Gulf Coast


Visitor Seasons

The park has two major seasons: The summer wet season (approximately April-October), and the winter dry season (approximately November-March). During the summer wet season, the park visitor center generally open at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the winter dry season, the park visitor centers generally open daily at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Flamingo Visitor Center remains open 24/7. However, it is staffed intermittently.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034


(305) 242-7700
Main Everglades National Park Phone and Fax

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