Shark Valley Ranger Guided Tours

This page provides an overview of programs offered at Shark Valley 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 an entrance off US 41 (Tamiami Trail) on the north end of the park.

Please note that
Ranger Programs Change by Season!

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 or the Shark Valley Visitor Center 305-221-8776 (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

April - November - Wet Season - Reduced Ranger programs



Summaries of the Ranger Programs that are available in this District are below. Note that not all programs are available during the summer season. The most programs are scheduled from January through March. The current schedule is attached in the hot link above.
If you have questions please contact the park's information line.

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Shark Valley Tram Tours (2-hours, fee charged)

Find yourself in the middle of the "River of Grass", the heart of the Everglades. See alligators, wading birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Narrated by a park ranger or park naturalist. (Reservations recommended - 305-221-8455) Note - these tours are available year round.

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Ranger Talk

A short 30 minute talk, interesting talk by a park ranger or volunteer about the wildlife, history, or some surprising "unknown" aspect of the Everglades. Bring a chair or blanket if you'd like and meet at the tree across from the visitor center.

Tamiami Trail Triathlon

Explore 3 different areas of the Everglades in 3 different ways: Bicycle the 15-mile loop at Shark Valley. Hike 3 miles of trail from the Oasis Visitor Center in Big Cypress National Preserve. Paddle roundtrip from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City to Sandfly Island in the Ten Thousand Islands. Complete all three activities and earn a decal and the title “Tamiami Trail Triathlon Finisher.” Bring your own bicycle, canoe/kayak, or rent one. This activity does not have to be completed in one day. Stop by the Gulf Coast, Oasis, or Shark Valley Visitor Centers for more information.

Everglades Exploration

Some like to walk, others like to talk, and they all like to have fun. See what the rangers have planned each day as they explore a new topic in the Everglades. Meet at the benches behind the Visitor Center. (wheelchair friendly)


Wild Walk in the Wilderness!

"SAWGRASS and CATTAILS and MUCK OH MY! SAWGRASS and CATTAILS and MUCK OHMY!!"… Want to try something different? Want to get off the "beaten path"? Get out intothe river of grass with a ranger as they lead you through the Shark River Slough for anadventure of a lifetime!Check in at the Visitor Center desk.

Reservations required (Children must be at least 12 yrs. old).Call 305-221-8776 for reservations and what to wear.


Biking Programs (winter program only)

Note: Bicyclists 15 years and under MUST wear a helmet. Reservations are taken up to two weeks prior to the ride. Call thevisitor center to make reservations or for more information: 305-221-8776

Sunrise in the Glades - (approx. 3 hours.)

Come out for a special Sunday ride. Wake up with a 15-mile bike ride in the wee-hoursof the morning. Be at the observation tower in time to watch as the sun comes up over theglades slowly warming and waking its inhabitants. Bring your own bicycle and arrive 30-minutes before the start time to meet the ran

Full Moon Bike Tour - (approx. 3 hours)
Watch an amazing sunset over the sawgrass prairie. Listen to the Everglades "night symphony" as the full moon climbs slowly into the sky. Climb the observation tower to enjoy the mystery and to feel the magic of the Everglades Wilderness at night. Join a park ranger for an evening 15-mile bike ride. Meet behind the Visitor Center.
Bring your own bicycle. Reservations required.

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