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Grand Opening Celebration of Flamingo Lodge in Everglades National Park and the Guy Bradley Visitor Center

Date: October 30, 2023
Category: Blogs

We are thrilled to share the exciting news of the Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Flamingo Everglades, which took place recently on Friday, October 27, 2023. The event marked the official unveiling of the brand-new Flamingo Lodge and the newly reconstructed Guy Bradley Visitor Center in Everglades National Park.

Guest Services, Inc. executives and National Park Service officials at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of Flamingo Lodge and Restaurant.

As part of the celebration, guided tours, ranger programs, and a reception were held throughout the day. The festivities were a tremendous success, and we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all who attended and made the event truly unforgettable. 

Honored esteemed speakers cutting a light pink ribbon in front of the new Guy Bradley Visitor Center with large scissors with cheering in the background from guests. 

Photo Source: Everglades NPS 

Flamingo Lodge: A Sneak Peek

Following the dedication of the visitor center, attendees were treated to an exclusive sneak peek of the newly constructed Flamingo Lodge. The lodge, set to officially open on November 1, offers visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty of Everglades National Park. With its strategic location and stunning surroundings, Flamingo Lodge is poised to become a premier destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Interior room of Flamingo Lodge. 

Honoring the Legacy of Guy Bradley

During the grand opening celebration, we had the honor of dedicating the newly reconstructed visitor center in memory of Guy Bradley, the first Audubon game warden[1]. Bradley was a remarkable individual who played a key role in wildlife conservation efforts, particularly in protecting countless bird species in the Everglades. The renaming of the visitor center serves as a tribute to his enduring legacy and commitment to preserving the natural wonders of this unique ecosystem.

Front of remodeled Guy Bradley Visitor Center. 

Photo Source: Everglades NPS

Distinguished Speakers

The ceremony featured esteemed speakers who shared their insights and perspectives on the significance of this milestone event. Among the notable speakers were Pedro Ramos, Superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks; Shannon Estenoz, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Department of the Interior; and Mark Foust, Regional Director of South Atlantic-Gulf, National Park Service[1]. Their presence and valuable contributions added to the significance of the event and underscored the importance of preserving our natural heritage.

Other esteemed speakers included Roger Young, Executive Director of MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Fran Mainella, Board Chair of The Alliance for Florida’s National Parks and former Director of the National Park Service; Alissa Robinson-Byers, Director of Foundation Relations at the National Park Foundation; Jessica Pierce, Executive Director of Florida National Parks Association; Cara Capp, Everglades Restoration Senior Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association; and Nico Foris, Chief Executive Officer of Guest Services, Inc. Flamingo Everglades. Their collective expertise and dedication to conservation added depth and significance to the event.

Nico Foris, CEO of Guest Services, shaking hands with Pedro Ramos, Superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks outside the new Flamingo Lodge.

Learn More and Plan Your Visit

Interested in staying at Flamingo Lodge? Reservations are available now!! Learn more about the Flamingo Lodge and book your next geatway in the Everglades! 

Additionally, the National Park Service website provides detailed information to help you plan your visit to the Guy Bradley Visitor Center.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Flamingo Everglades, where you can discover the natural wonders of this awe-inspiring national park.