Basic Information


It is important to know that the Everglades has two very distinct seasons: dry season and wet season.

Although it varies from year to year, dry season is typically December through April and wet season lasts from May to November. Dry season is also the busy season because of the warm winters that attract the largest variety of wading birds and their predators. Wet season is rainy and can produce a lot of mosquitoes. Because of the reduced visitation during the rainy summer season, many ranger-led programs are not available, but other guided tour options remain available. Please check the calendar for the current schedule of ranger programs or contact the individual guided tour operators.

The Everglades spans across 1.5 million acres that stretches over the southern part of Florida, but it easy to access the park’s three main areas. The northern section of the park is accessible via Miami or Everglades City, the southern section is accessible through Homestead.

Visiting the Everglades allows you to explore a vast diversity of flora and fauna in different eco-systems: freshwater sloughs, marl prairies, tropical hammocks, pinelands, cypress, mangrove, coastal lowlands, marine, and estuarine. There is a lot of area to discover at the Everglades, so it is vital to be prepared.


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Visiting in the Wet Season

Planning a trip to the park May - November? Make the most of your visit during the wet season!

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Visiting in the Dry Season

Planning a trip to the park Dec - April? The dry season is the most popular time to visit!

Last updated: April 25, 2024

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40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034-6733


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