Flamingo Visitors Center
The Flamingo Visitor Center is approximately 38 miles south of the Everglades park entrance. You can see educational displays, get brochures loaded with information about the Everglades, and acquire backcountry permits and boat tour tickets. They have souvenirs and snacks for sale and a nice little shaded area to enjoy them in. The adjacent marina is where you can hop a ride on one of the boat tours that take you back into the beautiful Glades, and even before your trip begins you are likely to see a crocodile or some manatee in the waters of the marina itself.
Flamingo Boat Tour
Everglades National Boat Tours
offers fully narrated trips with park-trained guides who are able to provide detailed information about wildlife and area history; they are U.S. Coast Guard licensed. The boats are very quiet so they don't scare off the wildlife and can hold approximately 50 passengers. Two tours are offered, the Back Country tour and the Florida Bay tour.
Tours leave from the Flamingo Marina approximately every 30 minutes and group tours are available.
Camping in Flamingo
Right next to the visitor center is the Flamingo Campground; it has 234 drive-in sites, walk-up group sites and regular walk-up sites. At present there are 41 sites in the T-Loop with electrical hookups; some are on the water's edge. They have cold water showers, two dump stations, picnic tables, grills, an amphitheater that has winter programs and a public boat ramp. There are several hiking and canoeing trails and many places to fish.
The Flamingo Marina is open year-round and has electric and water hookups for more than 50 boats. The marina store has week-day and weekend hours and you can rent a canoe, kayak, skiff, bicycle, and even a houseboat. The lobby is open 24 hours for self-registration for back country sites, and here is where ticketed passengers board the boats for the tours.
By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com