Things You Should Not Miss
2. The narrated tram ride, two hours long, at the Shark Valley Visitor Center.
3. Take a ranger guided walk, offered all year at the Royal Palm Visitor Center and in winter months from the other Visitor Centers as well.
(Photo above) Seminole Indian Village along the Tamiami Trail, circa 1972.
What is There NowThere are five Visitor's Centers, four of which are open all year, in Everglades National Park, situated near the entrance of each section.
* Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center (Open Year Round) - Located near the main park entrance west of Homestead and Florida City
* Flamingo Visitor Center - Sixty-one miles southwest of the main entrance, near the south end of the park. (This area was damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Wilma, some facilities may be closed.)
* Gulf Coast Visitor Center (Open Year Round) - Gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands area, it is located in the northwest corner of the park in Everglades City.
* Royal Palm Visitor Center (Open Year Round) - On the east side of the park, four miles from the main entrance. (Check to see whether this is now open, had been closed for renovation.)
* Shark Valley Visitor Center (Open Year Round) - Located along U.S. 41, the Tamiami Trail, on the northern border of Everglades Park. Located in the middle of the "river of grass" a two hour narrated tram ride is available from this center.
Transportation - Take advantage of the main options to view the park. While the park may be viewed by private automobile, boat tours and tram tours are available.
There's also a new transportation option to get there starting January 2014. If you are a resident or visitor staying in Homestead, which is ten miles from the park, you can get a free shuttle ride to the Everglades from town on weekends. An easy way to get to the park without having to drive. They're also providing shuttles to Biscayne National Park on the Atlantic Ocean as well. So one day you can see tropical alligators in a swamp and the next go to the beach.
LodgingCamping - Two areas within the park, plus Wilderness or Backcountry Camping, are available. The Flamingo Campground in Flamingo and the Long Pine Key Campground seven miles from the main entrance both provide drive-in sites (neither have hookups).
Lodging - The Flamingo Lodge, a 103 room and cottage lodge, was damaged due to the hurricanes in the fall of 2005. It will be demolished, and plans have been made to replace the lodge with another, hurricane resistant complex, including a motel, cabins, and tents. This project, due to the economy and cost, $70 million, has stalled, as of 2014, but are still possible in the future.
Everglades LinksEverglades National Park
Tropical Everglades Visitor Information
Marco Island and the Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau
Homestead & Florida City Chamber of Commerce
Greater Miami Convention & Visitor Bureau
Everglades Area Chamber of Commerce
Florida State Park Information
Nearby AttractionsBig Cypress National Preserve
Miccosukee Indian Village
Seminole Indian Tribe