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HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NASCAR event fans may enjoy a special opportunity to ride the Homestead National Parks Trolley on Thursday, November 13, 2014, to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks. The special trolley route provides round trip transportation from the Speedway's RV parking lot. Trolleys depart to Biscayne National Park at 10:30 am and 1:20 pm, and to Everglades National Park at 9 am and 1:54 pm. Free guided tours are provided on the trolley where visitors may learn about the history and ecosystems of the parks and community.
"Thousands of families from around the United States come to the race every year," said Homestead's Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley. "I hope these families get a taste of something they normally wouldn't get to see on race weekend and plan a return trip to Homestead and our neighboring national parks in the future."
Park rangers, educational displays, small gift giveaways and appearances by the National Parks Conservation Association mascot, Teddy, are a part of the special activities at the Speedway. The trolley is the only available public transportation between Biscayne and Everglades National Parks and the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Homestead National Parks Trolley was launched in January of this year by the park's gateway community the city of Homestead. The innovative and wildly popular program brings thousands of visitors from historic downtown Homestead to the national parks.
To meet growing demand, two national parks trolleys will operate on weekends from November 22, 2014 through April 26, 2015. The trolleys will transport visitors between Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park, Homestead Bayfront Park and historic downtown Homestead. The trolley program is the result of efforts of the National Parks Conservation Association in collaboration with the National Park Service and the City of Homestead.
For more information on the Homestead National Parks Trolley, including schedules, routes and ranger programs, please visit www.cityofhomestead.com/gateway. For more information about Biscayne National Park, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/bisc, or follow the park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/biscaynenps, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/biscaynenps.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
Last updated: April 14, 2015