Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical preserve in North America. It contains both temperate and tropical plant communities, including sawgrass prairies, mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, and hardwood hammocks, as well as marine and estuarine environments.

The park is known for its rich bird life, particularly large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron and a variety of egrets. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side.

Everglades National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance.

The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is located on the West Coast in Everglades City, in the northwest corner of the park. It is the gateway for exploring the Ten Thousand Islands, a maze of mangrove islands and waterways that extends south to Flamingo and Florida Bay.

The visitor center has park information, issues backcountry permits and park passes, and sells books and postcards. A gift shop is located downstairs. Restaurants, stores, lodging, and campgrounds are located nearby. Boat tours and canoe rentals are available at the marina, as well as nearby. Canoes may be rented to explore Chokoloskee Bay and the Turner River.

For the more adventurous, the 99 mile (159 km) Wilderness Waterway, accessible by canoe, kayak, or small motorboat, winds through the mangrove islands all the way to Flamingo. Backcountry permits are required for camping. — via National Park Service web site


Park/Outdoors Details

Baseball Fields Basketball Court Golf Course Soccer Fields Softball Tennis Courts
Volleyball Courts Skating Fishing Biking Dogs Amphitheater
Backcountry Camping Campsite Showers Hiking Running Trails Picnic Area
Pavilion Playground Food Vendors Restrooms Grills Alcohol Allowed
Boat Rentals Boat Ramps Docks Marina Lake River/Stream

Hours

Day Opens Closes
Sunday 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 9 a.m.
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4:30 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m.
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4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m.
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4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.
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4:30 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.
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4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.
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4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.
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4:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events for Everglades National Park -- Gulf Coast Visitor Center

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