Visitors with impaired mobility, especially those reliant on wheelchairs, will find this information helpful in planning an enjoyable visit to Everglades National Park.
Wheelchairs are available on loan on a first-come, first-served basis at Royal Palm Visitor Center, Flamingo Visitor Center, Shark Valley Visitor Center, and Gulf Coast Visitor Center.
A great way to experience the Everglades is to do so on one of the many accessible trails. These have a firm and stable surface which can be paved or a boardwalk. The following are wheelchair accesible and less than 3/4 of a mile in distance.
Other trails at Long Pine Key and Flamingo used to be two-track roads. These may be muddy or passable depending on the season.
Front Country Camping
The Long Pine Key and Flamingo frontcountry campgrounds both have accessible campsites. Each contains wheelchair accessible restrooms. The parking lot contains van accessible parking spaces identifiable by clear signage.
There is only one backcountry site that is accessible to visitors with mobility impairments. It is the Pearl Bay Chickee, located about a four hour canoe trip away from the main park road. It features handrails, a canoe dock, and an accessible chemical toilet.
Ranger-led Activities and Concession Tours
There are a variety of ranger-led activities ranging from guided tours of some of the trails to amphitheater programs. Most of these occur during our winter season, during the summer our programs are limited. Check the list of current ranger-led activities.
Boat, Tram, & Other Concession Tours
Many of the concession-led boat tours from Flamingo and Gulf Coast are wheelchair accessible. The Shark Valley tram tour is accessible as well; trams contain a ramp for wheelchairs. Tour includes a stop at an observation tower which has a steep ramp; it may be accessible with assistance. Call ahead for arrangements. View our list of guided tours and other services.
For more information contact Everglades National Park information, 305-242-7700. For TDD, call 305-242-7740.
Last updated: April 11, 2021