Everglades National Park Fees & Reservations

 

English: A great egret in a cypress grove. Fra...

English: A great egret in a cypress grove.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.
Camping at Everglades National Park
There are a couple of frontcountry campgrounds at Everglades National Park, for some you may (and are strongly advised) to make a reservation, for others it’s first come, first served. For all reservations call 1-877-444-6777 after the 20th of November, or for international visitors call 518-885-3639.
Long Pine Key Campground – there are 108 drive up sites at this Everglades National Park campground, all of which are available on a first come, first served basis only. Camp sites are charged at $16 per night, or $8 for any senior and access pass holders.
Flamingo Campground – has 235 campsites, again at a charge of $16 per night (or $8 for some pass holders). Reservations can be made for this campground, and are strongly recommended during the busy periods. 41 of the sites on T-Loop of the campground have electrical hook-ups, these sites are charged at $30 per night regardless of whether you actually use any electricity or not. The electric hook-up sites are, however, first come first served. You cannot specify on your reservation that you need a site with an electrical hook-up.

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.

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