Everglades National Park is only a one-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Miami, but a world away. The park encompasses 1.5 million acres of tropical and subtropical habitat with one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. For this very reason, Congress established the Everglades as a National Park in 1934. The park has since been designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance and a World Heritage Site.
At least one million people from all over the world visit the Everglades each year. There are three main entry points: the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, which is closest to Naples and south of Everglades city; the Shark Valley area that can be accessed by US 41 (also known as the Tamiami Trail); and the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, the park’s main headquarters.