Use this page to help you plan your activities while you visit Royal Palm! There are many different guided programs available at Royal Palm during different times of the year. Program availability changes by season, so be sure to check our park calendar to see the most updated program schedule.
Please note that the summer season, from mid-April until mid-November, typically has less programs due to reduced staffing. Warm and wet weather can sometimes lead to cancellation of programs. You can always check the current status of programs by calling the General Park Information line at (305) 242-7700. (Note that the General Park Information number is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., leave a voicemail if not answered and someone will return your call during the next staffed shift).
Summaries of the ranger programs that are available in this district are below. Some programs are not frequently offered during the summer season. For dates and times that each program is offered, please see the calendar of events.
(Note: The Anhinga Amble and Glades Glimpse are offered every day, year-round, including during the summer months!)
Interested in seeing wildlife? Take a stroll and explore the renowned Anhinga Trail where alligators, wading birds and other wildlife are easily spotted! Meet at the Royal Palm benches. Wheelchair accessible. 0.7 miles, 50 minutes. Available every day, 365 days a year!
Anhinga Amble auf Deutsch
Treffen wir uns an den Bänken von Royal Palm für einen Spaziergang zu Alligatoren, Anhingas, Reihern und vielem mehr! Jeden Mittwoch um 11 Uhr
The Everglades is a place like no other! Sit in the shade as a ranger reveals the amazing wonders of the Everglades. Topics vary daily. Meet at the Royal Palm benches. Accessible. 20 minutes. Available every day, 365 days a year!
Nike Missile Site
Step into the Cold War for a tour of the historic Nike Missile Site A/2/52 where U.S. Army soldiers defended the Nation from the threat of attack. Meet at the Daniel Beard Center. Accessible, 0.7 mile, 1.5 hours.
Slough Slog (Wet Walk - Reservations Required)
Reservations required. Wade through the River of Grass into the shadows of a "gator hole" or a cypress dome. Wear lace-up shows, socks and long pants that can get wet or muddy. Call (305) 242-7700 or stop by the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center for reservations, up to one week in advance (12 and up), 1 to 2 miles, 2 hours. Strenuous.
Experience the Anhinga Trail by starlight! Night is just as busy as day; listen for pig frogs, look for fireflies and gator eyes! Meet at the Royal Palm benches. Flashlight optional. Accessible, 0.7 miles, 45 minutes.
Join a park ranger for this illustrated program focusing on the unique natural or cultural wonders of the Everglades. Check bulletin boards and visitor centers for program topics. Meet at Long Pine Key Campground Amphitheater. Accessible. 45 minutes.
Bike Hike (Reservations Required)
Reservations required. Explore the unique wilderness of the Everglades by bicycle! Bikes, helmets, and water provided. Stop by the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center or call (305) 242-7700 for reservations (ages 12 and up) 5 to 10 miles, 2.5 hours. Strenuous.