Homestead Main Entrance Everglades National Park


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Everglades National Park

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Homestead Main Entrance
Everglades National Park

Homestead, the main entrance to Everglades National Park, also contains the park's most famous and easily accessible areas.

The Ernest F. Coe Visitor center is located on the right just before the entrance booth, where a fee is collected. The visitor center, free to visit, is open every day of the year, usually from 9 m-5pm, though it may change seasonally.

The visitor center emphasizes educational exhibits, free brochures and restrooms. It also has a book store selling insect repellent but no food.

Except for the marina at Flamingo, there is no place to buy food or drink. Bring your own. Unless you intend to camp, you’ll have to sleep outside the park. The Flamingo Lodge is closed due to storms with no plans to replace it. Expect limited restroom facilities between Homestead and Flamingo. There is the seasonal Buttonwood Cafe at Flamingo in winter months only. This is a true wilderness, not a theme park.

Fees: See the various entrance fees. Private vehicle: $20, valid for 7 consecutive days at all park entrances. Annual pass also available.

Camping and Campgrounds: Campgrounds are located in the Homestead main section.

What to Do

Wildlife Photography This is a prime birding area in winter and an American version of an African photo safari.

Hiking/Nature Trails Nothing long or tiring, more like nature trails.

Emergency Phone Number Bring a cell phone you should have service here with a good wireless service..

Ranger Tours which are most active in winter months at Homestead. All leave from the Royal Palm Center. A schedule is available only during the winter months.. .

Audio Tour: This audio tour provided by Everglades National Park covers all the attractions from Homestead to Flamingo.

Directions to the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center: From the north, go south from Miami on the Florida Turnpike (State Route 821) until it ends at Florida City and merges with U.S. 1.  Go south on U.S. 1 to the first traffic light. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive (State Road 9336/SW 344th St.). Follow the signs to the park and the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center.

The 40-mile road connecting the Coe Visitor Center to Flamingo is open 24 hours a day, allowing you to come as early or stay as late as you like. 

Contacts: Everglades National Park, 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034; (305) 242-7700

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