Summer arrives today at Everglades National Park, where the park staff has transitioned its operations to the summer hours.
Concession-operated tours continue through the summer, including guided tram tours and bicycle rentals at Shark Valley, boat tours and canoe rentals at Gulf Coast, and houseboat, canoe, kayak, bicycle rentals and boat tours at Flamingo.
Ranger-guided programs are available, but reduced in number. A schedule of available programs can be found on the park's website as well as by contacting the main park number (305-242-7700) or [email protected].
When visiting most areas of the park during the wet summer season, please be prepared for mosquito activity and possible afternoon rain storms.
Beginning Monday, April 21, the majority of campsites in Flamingo and in the Long Pine Key Campground will be closed. At Flamingo, all camping will be on a first-come, first-served basis with no reservations. A limited number of campsites in A Loop and T Loop (electric sites) and walk-ins will be available. As of June 1, limited camping at Flamingo will be available. At Long Pine Key Campground, eight campsites will remain open until June 1 when the entire campground will be closed until late November.
Flamingo Marina Store and Restaurant:
The Buttonwood CafÃ© closes April 16. Drinks and snacks are available at the Marina Store. Starting April 28, the Marina Store will open one hour later on weekends; the hours will be 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week. (The hours are currently 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays, and 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on weekends.) Also starting April 28, boat tour times will be: Backcountry Tour at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. daily; Florida Bay Tour at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m., Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday.
For more information, head over to the Flamingo Visitor Center. For more information about the Long Pine Key Campground, head to this page. More information is also available by calling (305) 242-7700.