Everglades National Park Operating Hours & Seasons

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

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. To learn more about entrance fees, visit our fees page.

Homestead Entrances:

  • Main Entrance: This entrance connects visitors to the Royal Palm and 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 renting a canoe, kayak or other boat at Flamingo, a separate fee applies.

  • Chekika Area (CLOSED): Chekika closed in April of 2013 and will remain closed until sufficient resourcces are available to professionally maintain operations in the areas. User groups can still access the area through the use of special permits, though facillities won't be maintained.

Miami Entrance:

  • Shark Valley Area: Open daily from 8:30AM to 6:00PM. 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 6:00PM.

Everglades City / Naples Entrance:

  • Gulf Coast Area: Open 24 hours a day. There is no entrance fee collected at this entrance, however there are fees for boats tours and canoe rentals.

Everglades National Park has Four Visitor Centers

Hours of operation vary. Click on the locations below for more information.

Visitor Centers


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 centers generally open at 9:00AM to 5:00PM. During the winter dry season, the park visitor centers generally open daily at 8:00AM to 5:00PM. The Flamingo Visitor Center remains open 24/7. However, it is staffed intermittently.

Last updated: March 6, 2018

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Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034


(305) 242-7700

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