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HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – Homestead's award-winning National Parks Trolley returns from November 22, 2014 through April 26, 2015 with more tour times to meet growing demand. Free transportation, parking and narrated tours are provided, as well as waived entrance fees, as part of this innovative partnership and public service. The trolley provides the only available public transportation to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks.
"The Homestead National Parks Trolley is a great way to experience these amazing places," said Superintendent Brian Carlstrom. "The trolley connects tourists and local communities with the beauty of the park. Discovery, learning and spectacular wildlife viewing provide memorable adventures."
Launched in January, the Homestead National Parks Trolley brought thousands of visitors from historic downtown Homestead to the national parks. The program recently won Savvy Awards in community visioning, innovative programming, graphic design art and excellence in marketing tools. The trolley takes visitors to the Dante Fascell Visitor Center and boardwalk at Biscayne National Park. In Homestead visitors may enjoy area restaurants, the beautiful historic architecture of the city and the free Old Town Hall Museum. The trolley travels to the Ernest Coe Visitor Center and the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park. It also stops in Miami-Dade County's Homestead Bayfront Park where visitors can swim at the atoll beach. On the trolley visitors may enjoy a free narrated tour and learn about the history and ecosystems of the national parks and how they relate to the history of Homestead and Miami-Dade County.
The trolley operates every weekend from November 22, 2014 through April 26, 2015. The trolley stop is located at Losner Park in historic downtown Homestead at 104 N. Krome Avenue. Free parking is available at the trolley stop which connects to Miami-Dade bus routes. Trolley seating may be limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The program is the result of efforts of the National Parks Conservation Association in collaboration with the National Park Service and the City of Homestead. The National Parks Conservation Association works to protect and enhance America's national park system for current and future generations and is America's voice for national parks.
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.