Everglades National Park Facilities

Ernest F. Coe

Open

Open All Year

Hours of Operation

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hours subject to change

Phone

305-242-7700

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Location

Located at the main park entrance west of Homestead and Florida City

Exhibits

Educational displays, orientation films, brochures, and information are available.

Available Facilities

Books, film, postcards, and insect repellent may be purchased in the bookstore. Restrooms are available. No trails start from this visitor center. The Long Pine Key Campground and Picnic Area is six miles further west, and is surrounded by an abundance of hiking trails.

Flamingo

Open

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (depending on staffing).

Lobby open 24 hrs. for self-registration for back country sites.

Hours subject to change.

Phone

239-695-2945

Location

Flamingo is 38 miles (61 km) southwest from the main entrance at the southern end of the park.

Closures

Open intermittently during the summer.

Exhibits

Natural history exhibits and information in the Florida Bay Museum.

Available Facilities

The Flamingo campground is open and is nearby. Several hiking and canoeing trails begin at Flamingo or nearby, including the south end of the Wilderness Waterway. Abundant wildlife may be found here year-round. Check at the visitor center for trail status.

Gulf Coast

Open

Open All Year

Hours of Operation

9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Hours subject to change

Phone

239-695-3311

Location

The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is located 5 miles south of Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail) on State Road 29, in Everglades City. From Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley), take exit 80 (State Road 29) south and proceed 20 miles to Everglades City. Once in Everglades City, follow the signs to the park. The visitor center is on the right.

Exhibits

The visitor center has natural history exhibits, educational displays, and orientation films.

Available Facilities

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.

Shark Valley

Open

9:15 am - 5:15 pm

Hours are subject to change.

Phone

305-221-8776

Location

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). From the Naples area, take U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) approximately 70 miles east to Shark Valley.

Exhibits

Shark Valley Visitor Center offers educational displays, a park video, an underwater camera and informational brochures.

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