Everglades National Park Operating Hours & Seasons

Road in the Everglades

Photo By: Glenn Gardner

The Park is Open Daily!

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. For current hours, please visit the visitor center page or call the main park line at (305) 242-7700. There is an entrance fee to enter the park. To learn more about entrance fees, visit our fees page.

 

Park Entrances

Everglades National Park has three entrances in Homestead, Miami, and Everglades City. Please note, these entrances do NOT interconnect.

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 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.

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.
 
entrance to the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center

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 and the winter Dry Season.

Wet Season (April - October)

The park visitor centers generally open at 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Ranger-led programs are usually fewer than the dry season due to staff availability. To help you plan your visit during the wet season, follow this link to learn more.

Dry Season (November - March)

The park visitor centers generally open daily at 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Ranger-led programs are widely available at all park entrances and wildlife is usually plentiful throughout the park. To help you plan your visit during the dry season, follow this link to learn more.

Last updated: May 4, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

(305) 242-7700

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