Park Ranked Among Top Three Florida Attractions
This 29-acre park, long nicknamed the "Gateway to the Everglades," is located at the western end of Griffin Road, off U.S. 27 in Water Conservation Area 3. The park offers airboat rides, boat ramps, fishing, wildlife viewing, food concessions, boat rentals, alligator shows, and a campground (currently under renovation).
There is currently no weekend and holiday gate entrance fee for Everglades Holiday Park.
Airboat Rides: Experience the Florida Everglades from large-capacity airboats featuring covered compartments that protect passengers from the sun and weather. Experienced guides provide information on the history of the Everglades and point out the flora and fauna along the way, including alligators, fish, and resident and migratory birds. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. Each approximately one-hour airboat tour concludes back at the park with an alligator show. Call 954-434-8111 for fees, reservations, and other information, or visit EvergladesHolidayPark.com.
Boat Rentals and Ramps: Fourteen-foot johnboats are available from sunrise to sundown for fishing or Everglades sightseeing. A boat launch with ramps is also available for those with their own boats, and free parking is available. Call 954-434-8111 for reservations and additional information, or visit EvergladesHolidayPark.com.
Deli/Food Concession: A takeout window offers a variety of food items, including the popular gator bites, as well as fries, burgers, sandwiches, and other selections. Picnic tables are located conveniently nearby.
Fishing: Fish from our docks or from a boat. Catch-and-release encouraged. State of Florida fishing licenses are required and are for sale on site.
Fishing Guides: Arrange for a professionally guided trip that includes the boat, rods, and artificial bait. A 36-hour advance notice is required for guided trips. Call 954-434-8111, or visit EvergladesHolidayPark.com.
General Store: Our version of a convenience store, complete with prepackaged snack foods, sodas, beer, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, boating gear, ice, and other items. Bait and tackle and fishing and game licenses are also for sale here, as well as tickets for airboat rides.
Gift/Souvenir Shop: A shop adjacent to the general store offers a variety of merchandise for purchase, including T-shirts, jewelry, and novelties such as alligator teeth and other gator-related items.
RV Campground: Temporarily closed until renovations have been completed. Contact Markham Park at 954-357-8868 for next closest county campground (approximately 8.7 miles/21 minutes away).
Science Eye: This Southwest Ranches-based science and environmental education company operates its “Lab Shack” at the edge of the park. Since 1985 Science Eye has taught more than half a million students and teachers about the Everglades and many other topics. For more information, call 954-680-7977, or visit ScienceEye.com. Starting on February 15, Science Eye will offer programs at the park on the third Saturday of the month, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m. Additional details will be announced as they become available.
Special Events, Tournaments, and Shelter Use: Contact the park office at 954-357-8101. Advance approval and permit required.
A Little History: The property that now makes up Everglades Holiday Park was deeded to Broward County in 1964 by Davie Farm Lands, with the stipulation that the sole use of the land be for “public recreation purposes.” The following year the county entered a long-term agreement to lease the site to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which has since sublet the park’s concession services to private vendors, including, since 1992, Bridges Everglades LLC. On June 3, 2012, management of the park officially transferred from FWC back to Broward County, which now operates the park through its Parks and Recreation Division, with Bridges remaining as the primary concessionaire.
Everglades Holiday Park
21940 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33332
Phone: 954-357-8101 (park management currently based at Markham Park)