Gulf Coast Ranger Guided Tours

A park ranger, pointing, leading a canoe trip with visitors at Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast District:

Join a ranger on a tour!

Gulf Coast offers many exciting ranger guided tours! These programs can vary greatly by season, and are subject to rescheduling or cancellation in the case of inclement weather.

Check our park calendar to see scheduled programs. You can also check the current status of programs by calling the Gulf Coast Visitor Center at (239) 695-3311 or the main park line at (305) 242-7700.

Program Descriptions

Below are summaries of all ranger-led programs available at Gulf Coast. Most programs are offered in the Dry Season (November - April). Programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Bayside Chat
Join us a for a short talk on Everglades ecology, history, and issues. Meet at the picnic shelter. (Talk - 20 Minutes. Handicap accessible.)

Nature Walk
Stroll the grounds of the Gulf Coast Visitor Center and learn what makes this area so unique. Meet in front of the visitor center. (Easy walk, 1 hour.)

Paddling Explorations (Reservations Required)
With a ranger as your guide, paddle through the mangrove to look at wildlife and mangroves and learn about the park's natural and cultural history. If tide and weather allow, trip may include a short work on an island. Bring your own canoe and/or kayak or rent one. Call 239-695-3311 to make reservations (no earlier than 14 days in advance). (4 hours)

Afternoon Canoe Trip (Reservations Required)
With a ranger as your guide, paddle along the shoreline or across the bay and look for wildlife and learn about the park’s natural and cultural history. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one. Call 239-695-3311 to make reservations up to 14 days in advance. (4 hours)

Introduction to Paddling (Reservations Required)
The best way to see the 10,000 Islands is by canoe and kayak. If you have never canoed or kayaked or feel it has been too long since you last paddled, then sign up to get a 2-hour introduction to paddling. You will learn basic strokes and gain the confidence to paddle with a ranger in the Everglades. Call 239-695-3311 to make reservations up to 14 days in advance. (2 hours)

Narrated Boat Tours (fee)
Discover the Ten Thousand Islands off the Gulf Coast on a large catamaran boat headed to the Gulf of Mexico. Concession operated boat tours are narrated by a naturalist. Offered every day, year round. To make reservations click here. (1.5 hours. Handicap accessible. Boat ticket purchase required.)

Nature's Notebook Boat Tour (fee)
Become a citizen scientist and help us conduct research by identifying and counting the birds and other animals we see while learning about the mangrove estuary on the boat tour. Program is included as a part of the Ten Thousand Boat Tour ticket. (1.5 hours. Handicap accessible. Boat ticket purchase required.)

Directions to Gulf Coast

Last updated: August 11, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

(305) 242-7700

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