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Everglades National Park

 

In the southern part oj the state, west oj Homestead

 

The 1.5-million-acre park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the continental United States. It has extensive fresh, estuarine, and saltwater areas, open Everglades prairies, hardwood tree islands, cypress domes, pinelands, and mangrove forests. It's the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist. The park was authorized on May 30, 1934; dedicated on December 6, 1947; designated an International Biosphere Reserve on October 26, 1976; a World Heritage Site on October 26, 1979; and designated a Wetland of International Importance on June 4, 1987.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

 

Bicycling (rentals, Flamingo, Shark Valley), boating, boat touring (Flamingo, Gulf Coast), canoeing (rentals, Flamingo, Gulf Coast), fishing, hiking, kayaking (rentals, Flamingo, Gulf Coast), picnicking, tram touring (Shark Valley). Facilities: 5 visitor centers: Ernest F. Coe (main entrance, west of Homestead-Florida City), Royal Palm (4 mi west of Coe), Flamingo (38 mi southwest of main entrance), Shark Valley (U.S. 41, north side of park), and Gulf Coast (Everglades City); interpretive displays, trails, roadside interpretive exhibits, amphitheaters, boat-launch areas. Book sale areas, gift shops, fire pits, gasoline (daytime only, Flamingo), picnic areas, religious services (winter only). Programs & Events: Guided walks, talks (Royal Palm), boat tours (Flamingo, Gulf Coast), tram tours (Shark Valley). Guided walks, talks, evening programs (Long Pine Key, Flamingo campgrounds), bicycle tours (Shark Valley), canoe tours (Flamingo, Gulf Coast), slough slogs (Shark Valley). All late Dec.-early Apr. Tips & Hints: Go Dec.-Apr. for best wildlife viewing. Busiest Dec-Apr., least crowded May-Nov.

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

 

Entrance fee: $10 per vehicle or $5 per person on foot or bicycle (main entrance), $8 per vehicle or $4 per person on foot or bicycle (Shark Valley). This rate may be applied toward the higher entrance fee at the main entrance. Backcountry camping permits ($10-$30) available at Flamingo, Gulf Coast visitor centers. Boat-launch fees are $5 ($3 for nonmotorized). Boat tours at Flamingo and Gulf Coast vary in price (Flamingo Lodge & Marina, tel. 941/695-3101; Everglades City Boat Tours, tel. 941/695-2591). Shark Valley tram tours: $9.30 adults, $5.15 ages 12 and under (tel. 305/221-8455). Reservations recommended for all tours Dec-Apr. Florida state fishing license required. No hunting. No pets on trails or in backcountry. Leashed pets only in campgrounds. Bicycles on selected trails only. No motorized vehicles on trails. Motorized boat use restricted. No airboats. Main park entrance open all the time. Shark Valley open daily 8:30-6. Ernest Coe Visitor Center open daily 8-5; Royal Palm Visitor Center open daily 8-4:15. Flamingo Visitor Center open Dec-Apr., daily 7:30-5; May-Nov. intermittently. Shark Valley Visitor Center open daily 8:30-5:15. Gulf Coast Visitor Center open Nov.-Apr., daily 7:30-5:30; May-Oct, daily 8:30-4:30.

Everglades National Park on the map