Shark Valley Visitor Center

Shark Valley Visitor Center
Shark Valley Visitor Center

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Physical Address:

36000 SW 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33194

Shark Valley Visitor Center is located on Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail / SW 8th St.) 25 miles west of the Florida Turnpike, exit 25A (from the north) and exit 25 (from the south).
Take U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) approximately 70 miles east to Shark Valley.
Searching for the Shark Valley Visitor Center on Google gets you directions. Approximate GPS Coordinates: 25°45'27.60" N 80°46'01.01" W
Due to the remoteness of this area we are finding that visitors arriving by "on-demand" transportation services are unable to acquire return transportation on those services. We suggest checking with your driver for return arrangements or have an alternative taxi option. There is no other public transportation to this site.
looking up towards the Shark Valley Tower
Shark Valley Visitor Center

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  • Shark Valley Visitor Center offers educational displays, a park video and informational brochures. Books, postcards, and other souvenirs are available in the gift store.
  • Guided tram tours, bicycle rentals, snacks and soft drinks are available from Shark Valley Tram Tours, Inc.
    (Please note: Electric bicycles are allowed on the Shark Valley loop)
  • Two short walking trails (one accessible), are located off the main trail for your enjoyment. Restrooms are available.

Hours of Operation

  • Visitor Center: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Entrance Gate: 8:30AM - 6:00PM
Congested traffic at Shark Valley
Shark Valley Entrance Station - Typical Traffic Conditions During Peak Visitor Season

Tips To Reduce Parking Stress

Visiting on weekdays, and arriving before 10 am or after 3pm, could help avoid long entrance station lines and delays, and difficulty finding a place to park.

During peak visitor season at Shark Valley (typically from December into April each year), parking is extremely limited and usually fills by 10 am. Holiday weeks and weekends (New Year’s, spring break, etc.) are extremely popular for visiting Shark Valley. During these times, visit Shark Valley with a back-up plan. Visitors are strongly encouraged to consider visiting mid-week, which is when Shark Valley is generally less crowded.

  • Be flexible. Arrive with alternative plans and destination in mind or plan to wait in line for a parking spot during busy times. Wait times at the entrance station can be over an hour on the very busiest winter weekends and holidays.

  • Once the parking lot is full, we are only able to allow one car in while another one exits.

  • Park legally, responsibly, and safely.

Contact by Phone


Last updated: February 17, 2021

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Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead , FL 33034


305 242-7700

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