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Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center

Daily 9am - 5pm
40001 State Highway 9336, Homestead, Everglades National Park, 33034

The basics

If you are looking for guidance on how to spend your time in the Everglades, the staff at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center are knowledgeable and happy to direct you to appropriate trails, boat tours, and kayak/canoe rentals. They can also answer any wildlife questions. Stick around for one of the ranger-led programs, such as a guided walk or lecture, or allot some time to watch a 15-minute film that provides a comprehensive orientation of the park.

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Things to know before you go

  • Public restrooms are available as well as a small bookstore and gift shop.
  • There is no cafe on-site so bring plenty of snacks and water.
  • Two popular and easy walking trails are located up the road towards Royal Palm Visitor Center.
  • Insect repellent is essential for a comfortable visit; it can be purchased in the gift shop.
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How to get there

When driving from Miami or north of Homestead, take the Florida Turnpike south until it merges with U.S. 1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive before following the signs to the park. Due to its remote location, it is advised that you not use any ride-share apps to reach the Everglades or visitor center as it can be challenging to access a ride back.

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When to get there

The visitor center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm from mid-April through mid-December, and from 8 am to 5 pm mid-December through mid-April. Peak season is typically during the park’s dry season (November through April) due to mild temperatures, low humidity, clear skies, and fewer mosquitoes.

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Royal Palm State Park

Considered to be the nucleus of the Everglades, Royal Palm State Park is home to 4,000 acres of biodiverse ecosystems and habitats. It is a great option for visitors with a limited timeframe. You can access the two most popular trails, Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo, from its adjacent visitor center.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center?
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Attractions near Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center:
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What else should I know about attractions in Everglades National Park?
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As well as visiting the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: