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 Everglades National Park

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Visitor Centers
Open All Year

General Visitor Info.
The park is open all year.
The main park entrance (near
Homestead and Florida City)
is open 24 hours a day.
The Shark Valley entrance
is open daily from 8:30 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m.  Park waters
are open 24 hours a day.

  Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical preserve in North America. It contains both temperate and tropical plant communities, including sawgrass prairies, mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, and hardwood hammocks, as well as marine and estuarine environments. The park is known for its rich bird life, particularly large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron and a variety of egrets. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side.

No other place combines a subtropical climate, a broad, shallow river, and a stunning diversity of plants and animals into such a complex and fragile ecosystem. No other place is so dramatically defined by annual rhythms of drought and flood, fire and sunshine and torrential rain.

Everglades National Park is the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States. Its abundant wildlife includes rare and endangered species, such as the American crocodile, Florida panther, and West Indian manatee. Everglades National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance.

Visit the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center at the main entrance of the park to see the new park film: "Everglades: River of Life." The film was produced by Discovery Communications in partnership with the National Park Foundation and National Park Service.


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