Gulf Coast Ranger Guided Tours

A male Park Ranger wearing sunglasses and flat hat holds a microphone in one hand and points with the other. He is aboard a boat and there are four visitors watching him.
A Park Ranger narrates the boat tour of the 10,000 Islands


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.

Paddling Explorations (Reservations Required)
With a ranger as your guide, paddle across the bay to explore the mangrove islands or paddle inland through the waterways. If tide and weather allow, trip may include a short walk on an island. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one from the concession. (4 hours)

Afternoon Canoe Trip (Reservations Required)
With a ranger as your guide, paddle along the coast or up Halfway Creek for a chance to explore the mangrove estuary. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one. (2 hours)

Narrated Boat Tours (fee)
Discover the 10,000 Islands of the Gulf Coast on a large catamaran boat headed to the Gulf of Mexico! Concession-operated boat tours are narrated by a Park Ranger or volunteer, or by a concession naturalist. (1.5 hours, accessible)

Nature's Notebook Boat Tour (fee)
Become a citizen scientist! 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 part of the 10,000 Islands Boat Tour ticket. (1.5 hours, accessible)

Full Moon Paddle (Reservations Required)
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)
Stargazing by the Bay (Reservations Required)
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)

Directions to Gulf Coast

Last updated: January 22, 2021

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Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034


(305) 242-7700

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