Gulf Coast District
Join a ranger on a tour!
Gulf Coast offers many exciting ranger guided tours! Check our park calendar to see scheduled programs. You can also check the current status of programs by calling the Nathaniel Reed Visitor Center at (239) 695-4758 or the main park line at (305) 242-7700.
Below are summaries of all ranger-led programs available at Gulf Coast. Most programs are offered in the dry season (November - April). Please see the park's calendar for program dates and times.Programs are free unless otherwise noted.
Paddling Explorations (Reservations required)
Narrated Boat Tours (Reservations recommended, fee)
With a ranger as your guide, paddle out at night under the moonlight and experience the dark side of the Everglades! Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one. (2 hours, moderate)
Starlight Cruise – (Reservations required)
Discover the night sky over the 10,000 Islands of the Gulf Coast on a large catamaran boat heading to the Gulf of Mexico! Concession-operated boat tour is narrated by a Park Ranger and a concession naturalist. (2 hours, accessible)
Enjoy views of the night sky over the Everglades! Park staff will guide you through the sky and relate stories and information on the cosmos. Bring binoculars if you have them. Blankets and camp chairs are welcome. (1.5 hours)
Last updated: January 10, 2023