Our #1 tip……PACK BUGSPRAY!
Everglades National Park Travel Tips
Getting to the park – The main entrance to the Everglades is located 10 miles southwest of Florida City and Homestead on Route 9336. On your way to the park stop by Robert Is Here fruit stand for a key lime milkshake! They are amazing.
Cost – $10 for a seven day visitor pass per vehicle. $5 per person for pedestrians, motorcycles and bicycles. Annual passes can be purchased for $25.
Visitor Centers –
Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center is located at the parks main entrance. This visitor center has great educational displays, a nice store and ample parking.
Royal Palm Nature Center is located at the Anhinga Trail. The store is air conditioned and has bottle water available. You can also pick up books and trail guides from this location.
The Flamingo Visitor Center is 38 miles from the main entrance. This center has a small natural history exhibit, park information and you can pick up backcountry permits here.
Shark Valley Visitor Center is located on the Tamiami Trail. This location offers access to the Shark Valley sightseeing trams, bottled water, bookshop and bike rentals.
Lodging – There are no lodges inside Everglades National Park. You can find hotels in Homestead, Florida City, and the Miami area.
Things to do:
Visit the Anhinga Trail for amazing wildlife viewing. There is ample parking at the trail along with bathrooms and a small store. The trail is easy to walk and paved for the majority of the trail. The rest of the trail is boardwalk over the water. This is a great place to view alligators, anhingas, and other wildlife.
Guided Ranger hikes are offered daily.
You can rent a bike at the Shark Valley Visitor Center and cycle the loop looking at wildlife. The loop is 15 miles long and does not have a lot of shade. Make sure and bring water, sunglasses and bug spray with you.
There is also a two hour tram tour that leaves from the Shark Valley Visitor Center. This is a great way to see the entire loop without having to be on a bike. Make sure and bring water with you.
There are a lot of hiking trails and areas around the park. You can also see a ton of birds from your car as your drive through the park. Keep an eye out for egrets and other birds along the waterways.
There is amazing bird watching in the Everglades.
Don’t forget to bring with you
Bugspray/bug bite cream – trust me the bugs are prevalent and pack a mean bite!
Bottles of water
camera and back up batteries
snacks – you can pick up small items at the gift shops but not large amount of snacks. There are grocery stores in Florida City and Homestead if you want to pack a picnic lunch.