Everglades Fast Facts
- Everglades National Park covers a total area of 1,507,850 acres
- The number of people visiting Everglades in 2019 was 1,118,300 (All Years)
- Everglades was made a national park on May 30, 1934
- The lowest elevation found in Everglades is 0 feet at the Gulf of Mexico
- The highest elevation found in Everglades is 9 feet on Totten Key
- The entrance fee for Everglades is $25 per vehicle per week
- Everglades National Park lies in the Eastern time zone
Random Facts About Everglades
- Most national parks are created to preserve geographic features. Everglades was the first national park meant specifically to protect a highly endangered ecosystem.
- Everglades National Park is the third largest national park in the lower 48 United States, behind Death Valley and Yellowstone.
- Despite its large size, Everglades National Park protects only the southern 20% of the original Everglades ecosystem. It originates at Lake Okeechobee, but the natural flow is highly altered by a complex system of canals and gates.
- The Everglades are one of only three locations in the world to be listed as an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance.
- Everglades National Park is one of relatively few places on Earth where you may see both alligators and saltwater crocodiles, sometimes in the same body of water. Crocodiles are seen much less often than alligators; one of the best places to see them is usually the Flamingo Marina.
Where is Everglades National Park?
Everglades National Park is located at the southern tip of Florida, preserving a relatively small portion of the original Everglades ecosystem. This still makes it the third largest US national park outside of Alaska. The cities of Homestead and Florida City are near the most visited portion of the park. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Everglades.
More About Everglades
We have pages on all sorts of things about Everglades National Park. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.