Everglades National Park Fees & Reservations
Everglades National Park is 2343 square miles bursting with diverse wildlife (some of it very rare), waterways, hiking trails, forests and other exciting things to do. You might imagine that it would cost more than a pretty penny to have access to all of that adventure, but you’d definitely be wrong. Entrance to Everglades National Park won’t cost you anywhere near as much as you might think.
- Private vehicles have to pay only $10 to enter the park, which includes all passengers and is good for 7 days at all of the different entrances to the park.
- Pedestrians and cyclists have to pay only $5 each to enter the park, again this is good for 7 consecutive days. Visitors to the park who are aged 16 or under don’t have to pay at all, they can have free entry.
- For just $25 you can purchase an annual Everglades National Park pass. This is valid for a full 12 months from the date you buy it and you can visit the park as many times as you like during that time. The ticket will admit the person who purchased it plus any persons who are with him in a private, non-commercial vehicle, or any immediate family who accompany them into the park on foot, by bicycle or in a boat.
- Commercial entrance fees are charged relative to the seating capacity of the vehicle. Motorcoaches which can seat 26 or more passengers must pay $200, mini-bus vehicles with a seating capacity for between 16 and 25 passengers have to pay $100, vans which can seat between 7 and 15 passengers are charged $75 for entrance to Everglades National Park, and commercial vehicles with a seating capacity of between 1 and passengers pay $25.
Back Country Camping at Everglades National Park
If you want to camp in the more remote areas of the park then you’ve got to get a permit. The permit will cost you $10, plus $2 per person, per night, for up to a maximum of 14 days. You can register for the permit at either the Flamingo or the Gulf Coast areas, but reservations are not available . . . you can’t get a permit more than 24 hours in advance of your stay. There’s usually no shortage of back country camping sites, even in the busiest periods.