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News Release Date: December 16, 2015

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  South Florida’s balmy winter is the perfect time to visit Everglades National Park and starting the week of December 20, 2015, the park will offer free, ranger-led programs for the public each week!  

Spectacular opportunities abound to enjoy the great outdoors in your back yard.  There are few mosquitoes, afternoon storms are gone and temperatures are cooler. Everglades National Park is just minutes away from Miami, Homestead, Naples and Key Largo, and whether you have one hour or a full week, the dry, winter season is the best time to enjoy the many cultural and natural resources that make the park so special. 

The free, ranger-led programs include guided walks, talks, bike rides, hikes, canoe trips, evening programs and more! In addition to these free programs, the park’s concessioners also offer daily tram tours in the Shark Valley area of the park, and boat tours in the Flamingo and Gulf Coast areas (prices and times vary).

“A great way to enjoy your national parks is by getting out with the experts, and our ranger-led programs offer something for everyone,” said Superintendent Pedro Ramos. “We invite everyone to “Find Your Park,” right here in your backyard. As we kick off another exciting visitor season, we hope everyone will join the celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial in 2016.”

Each year an average of 80,000 visitors participate in a ranger-led program; over a half million people explore the park’s visitor centers, museum and art gallery; and many also enjoy the park in self-guided adventures, bringing the total to about one million visitors each year. 

Ranger-led programs will be offered daily this winter throughout the various locations of the park, including Royal Palm, Flamingo, Shark Valley and Gulf Coast. Schedules may change during the season so be sure to check the schedule before you come.  Many programs are available. See the park website for a complete list of programs:


Check in or call area visitor centers for current schedules and times. Some ranger-guided programs require reservations in advance. (Required reservations are specified in program schedules.)

In addition to ranger programs and concession tours, there are a number of permitted guides who offer a variety of more personalized tours.  You can find a list of these on the park website as well:


For your safety, visitors are encouraged to consider personal comfort needs and bring water, sunscreen, and appropriate footwear.

Hope to see you in Everglades National Park this season!


Last updated: December 16, 2015

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