Make one of the park's four visitor centers your first stop!
Talk to a ranger at any of our visitor centers to learn more about the park and to help you plan your visit. Naturalists give talks and lead hikes, canoe trips, tram tours, and campfire programs.
Which Entrance Should We Take?
The Everglades National Park covers more than 1.5 million acres in South Florida. While most of the park is remote and inaccessible, there are plenty of spots within a few minutes of Miami and Naples, where you can get a feel for the “River of Grass”.
Your first decision in visiting the Everglades is which entrance to use; there are three and they are hours apart from each other. If you want the opportunity to observe the heart of the everglades you can either enter through Shark Valley in Miami or the Main Entrance of the Park in Homestead. However, if you are looking to explore the Gulf Coast, then you should plan to take a boat trip at the Gulf Coast in Everglades City.
View the map of the Everglades to get a better idea of different regions of the Everglades.
Along the Main Park Road in Homestead, which connects our south entrances, there are a series of stops with short walks that show the Everglades' diverse ecosystems.
Last updated: April 3, 2021