American alligator swimming in the lake at Everglades National Park, Miami
American alligator swimming in the lake at Everglades National Park, Miami

Everglades National Park

State Road 9336, Homestead, Florida, 33034

The basics

Everglades National Park tours depart from most major cities in South Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, and Orlando, while offering round-trip transportation that makes it convenient to tack a day trip onto your Florida itinerary.

Paddle through mangrove forests in the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge on a kayaking adventure, or scout for wild animals such as white pelicans, roseate spoonbills, American crocodiles, saw manatees, and bald eagles in their natural habitat as your maneuver through the “river of grass” on an airboat ride. If you're not one for boat rides, take the Shark Valley Tram tour for a narrated drive through park on an open-air vehicle.

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Small Group Boat, Kayak and Walking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park
Small Group Boat, Kayak and Walking Guided Eco Tour in Everglades National Park
$199.95 per adult
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Lots of birds, enjoyed kayaking, walking along beach of island great, thrilled to see shark, sawfish, sting ray. All in all a rewarding experience. Captain was personal and very knowledgeable.
David_S, Jun 2023

Things to Know Before You Go

  • More of a nocturnal type? Nighttime boat tours let you explore the swamps with your other senses—listen to a chorus of frogs and cicadas while searching for the occasional glisten of alligator eyes with the help of a tour guide.

  • An array of activities for families of all ages and abilities are available.

  • Travelers should dress for heat, sunshine, and a chance of rain.

  • Expect larger crowds during the dry season from November to May.

  • You can find amenities and bathrooms at all the visitor centers.

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How to get there

Everglades National Park has four entrances, all open daily: the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, the Shark Valley Visitor Center, the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, and the Flamingo Visitor Center. To enter the park independently, travelers must purchase a $25 vehicle pass good for seven consecutive days (pricing varies for other forms of transportation). Those with a car will find easy highway access to all entrances; otherwise, opt for a guided tour from major nearby cities to the park in Homestead.

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Trip ideas

When to get there

The Everglades’ subtropical climate is warm year-round but varies in humidity. The wet season (June to October) is typically drenched by daily afternoon storms and swarming with mosquitoes and sandflies (no-see-ums). Visit during the dry season (November to May) to avoid itchy situations and up your chances of seeing wildlife.

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What's in a name?

Only in the Everglades should names like “Alligator Alley” and “Shark Valley” be taken literally. Drive down Alligator Alley (I-75) for a long stretch to gain chances of seeing its namesake creature. You’ll find scenic views on Tamiami Trail (US 41), the road between Tampa and Miami, and although you won’t see any sharks in Everglades National Park, two nearby estuaries house many other aquatic species.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Everglades National Park?
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