Everglades National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
1,507,850 acres
Annual Visitation
1,141,906 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
May 30, 1934
Entrance Fee
$10 per vehicle per week
Time Zone
Eastern
Lowest Elevation
0 feet at Gulf of Mexico
Highest Elevation
9 feet on Totten Key
Lowest Average Temp
56F in January
Record Low Temp
25F in 1989
Highest Average Temp
90F in July
Record High Temp
104F in 1998
Our Last Visit
February 2012

Park Contact Information

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Everglades National Park
40001 SR 9336, Homestead, FL 33034
Info at (305) 242-7700
Boat Tours (305) 242-7711

Park Creation Timeline

1934
On May 30, 1934, Congress passes the bill creating Everglades National Park. Land acquisition would take time however, and the park does not open until 1947.
1976
International Biosphere Reserve status is given to the park by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Animals and Plants

Over 40 species of mammals are found in Everglades National Park. They include white-tailed deer, bobcats, and the critically endangered Florida panthers. The West Indian manatees are also endangered, and can be found in the marine areas of the park.
Reptiles include many species of snakes and turtles. Of course, the most famous wildlife in the park are the American alligator and the American crocodile.
Birds are currently numbered at 360 species and rising. The NPS produced a bird list in PDF format in 2006.
A huge variety of ecosystems lead to a large number of plant species. Principal members include sawgrass, cypress, mangrove, slash pine, and royal palm. The ecosystem list includes hardwood hammocks, pinelands, mangroves, coastal lowlands, freshwater sloughs (the rivers of grass), freshwater marl prairie, cypress, and marine.


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