Accessible Activities in Everglades National Park

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By: Christian Portilla

Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America. It offers amazing outdoor adventures for visitors to Miami. With its accessible facilities, services and programs, the park offers an inclusive experience for otherly-abled visitors and participates in the National Park Accessibility Program. Service dogs are permitted anywhere guests can go in the park, including campgrounds and trails.

Access for Visitors with Mobility Challenges

Visitors with impaired mobility who aren’t traveling with their own wheelchair can request one on a first-come, first-served basis at the park’s three official visitor centers: Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, Flamingo Visitor Center and Shark Valley Visitor Center

The Shark Valley Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible from the parking lot via a curb ramp. The parking lot also contains van-accessible parking spaces identified by clear signage. 

Several trails in Everglades National Park have paved or boardwalk surfaces, allowing exploration by wheelchair. Accessible trails such as the Anhinga, Gumbo Limbo and Pineland trails, among others, are wheelchair accessible and less than a mile in distance.

Accessible Tram Tours

Everglades Shark Valley Tram
Everglades Shark Valley Tram

The Shark Valley Tram Tour, which takes visitors on a two-hour ride, is one of the most popular visitor experiences in Everglades National Park. The open-air vehicles allow guests to see wildlife on both sides of the tram. Trams are accessible and have a ramp for wheelchairs. The tour includes a stop at an observation tower – here, a steep ramp allows access for wheelchairs (although visitors in non-motorized wheelchairs will likely need help from a friend or family member to ascend the ramp).

Accommodations for Visitors with Hearing Disabilities

Visitors with hearing challenges can enjoy activities such as captioned films featured at the Ernest F. Coe and Shark Valley visitor centers. 

Assistive Listening Devices are available for use during ranger-led interpretive programs as well as boat and tram tours. Visitor information through TDD is also available.

Arrangements for Visitors with Sight Impairments

Shark Valley and Ernest F. Coe visitor centers offer a touch table allowing tactile opportunities for visitors. Wildlife displays include 3-D models of alligator backs, eggs and tails, as well as other animals. They also provide an audio tour of the Everglades.

Signage is available in braille at the Shark Valley and Ernest F. Coe visitor centers, and the Flamingo Visitor Center includes a museum exhibit with both print and audio displays. 

For More Information

For additional information on park accessibility, contact Everglades National Park at (305) 242-7700. For TDD, call (305) 242-7740.

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