Royal Palm Ranger Guided Tours
This page provides an overview of programs offered in the Royal Palm District of the park during different times of year. This can help visitors consider what they might like to do on a visit to the park. This district is accessed through the Homestead main park entrance.
Check in with the park during the summer season to see if there have been changes
to the current schedule before packing up your car and heading to the park. Warm and
wet weather sometimes lead to cancellation of programs.
General Park Information 305-242-7700 (note that this number is staffed 8:30 - 4, leave a voicemail if not answered and someone will return your call during the next staffed shift)
December - March - Dry Season - Increased Ranger programs
April - November - Wet Season - Reduced Ranger programs
Reservations required. Explore the unique wilderness of the Everglades by bicycle! Bikes, helmets, and water provided. Stop by the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center or call (305) 242-7700 for reservations (12 and up) 5 to 10 miles, 2.5 hours. Strenuous.
Interested in seeing wildlife? Take a stroll and explore the renowned Anhinga Trail where alligators, wading birds and other wildlife are easily spotted! Meet at the Royal Palm benches. Accessible, 0.7 miles, 50 minute
The Everglades is a place like no other! Sit in the shade as a ranger reveals the amazing wonders of the Everglades. Topics vary daily. Meet at the Royal Palm benches. Accessible. 20 minutes.
Reservations required. Wade through the River of Grass into the shadows of a �gator hole� or a cypress dome. Wear lace-up shoes, socks and long pants that can get wet or muddy. Stop by the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center for reservations and information (12 and up), 1 to 2 miles, 2 hours. Strenuous.
Nike Missile Site
Step into the Cold War for a tour of the historic Nike Missile Site A/2/52 where U.S. Army soldiers defended the Nation from the threat of attack. Meet at the Daniel Beard Center. Accessible, 0.7 mile, 1.5 hours
Take a stroll along the Anhinga Trail and discover how the American Alligator is a crucial and vital member of the Everglades. Meet at the Royal Palm benches. Accessible, 0.7 mile, 50 minutes
Experience the Anhinga Trail by starlight! Night is just as busy as day, listen for pig frogs, look for fireflies and gator eyes! Meet at the Royal Palm benches. Flashlight optional. Accessible, 0.7 miles, 45 minutes
Join a park ranger for this illustrated program focusing on the unique natural or cultural wonders of the Everglades. Check bulletin boards and visitor centers for program topics. Meet at Long Pine Key Campground Amphitheater. Accessible. 45 min