Royal Palm Ranger Guided Tours

This page provides an overview of programs offered at Royal Palm during different times of the year. This can help visitors consider what they might like to do on a visit to the park.

Please note that Ranger Programs change by season.

Check in with the park by calling to General Park Information 305-242-7700 and our calendar of events during the summer season to see if there have been changes to the current schedule before packing up your car and heading to the park. Warm and wet weather sometimes lead to cancellation of programs.

(Note that the General Park Information number is staffed 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).

December - March - Winter Dry Season - Increased Ranger programs

April - November - Summer Wet Season - Reduced Ranger programs

 

Directions

Summaries of the Ranger Programs that are available in this district are below. Note that not all programs are available during the summer season.

 
A park ranger giving a tour on the Anhinga Trail
Ranger tour on the Anhinga Trail

Winter Schedule - 600KB (December 18, 2016 - March 31, 2017)

Current Schedule

Anhinga Amble

Join a ranger for a 50-minute walk along the Anhinga Trail. Discover unique subtropical plants, birdlife and watch out for alligators! Meet at the benches at the Royal Palm Visitor Center.

Held everyday at 10:30 a.m.

Glades Glimpse

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 benches at the Royal Palm Visitor Center. 20 minutes. Wheelchair accessible.

Held everyday at 1:30 p.m.

 

Ranger activities (offered mostly during Winter Season)

*Programs subject to change*

 
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A Park Ranger giving a tour of the Nike Missile Site

NPS Photo

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

 
Ranger Led Activitie
A Park Ranger leading a slough slog

NPS Photo

Slough Slog

Reservations required. Wade through the River of Grass into the shadows of a "gator hole" or a cypress dome. Wear lace-up shoes, socks and long pants that can get wet or muddy. Stop by the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center for reservations and information (ages 12 and up), 1 to 2 miles, 2 hours. Strenuous.

 
View of the Anhinga Trail at dusk
A view of the Anhinga Trail at dusk

NPS Photo

Starlight Walk

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.

 
Sunset in the Pinelands
Sunset in the Pinelands

NPS Photo/Glenn Gardner


Evening Program

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.

 
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A park ranger leads a bike hike tour

NPS Photo

Bike Hike


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.

 
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A group of visitors at the Anhinga Trail

NPS Photo

Anhinga Amble

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.

Anhinga Amble auf Deutsch

Treffen wir uns an den Bänken von Royal Palm für einen Spaziergang zu Alligatoren, Anhingas, Reihern und vielem mehr! Rollstuhlgerechte.

Jeden Mittwoch um 11 Uhr

 
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A Ranger discusses different topics about the Everglades to visitors

NPS Photo


Glades Glimpse

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.

 

Royal Palm Ranger-Led Programs

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  • Everglades National Park

    Anhinga Amble - morning

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    Interested in seeing wildlife? Take a stroll and explore the renowned Anhinga Trail where alligators, wading birds and other wildlife are easily spotted! More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Royal Palm
  • Everglades National Park

    Glades Glimpse

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    Everglades is a place like no other! Relax in the shade as a ranger reveals the amazing wonder of the Everglades. More

    Time:
    1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Royal Palm
  • Everglades National Park

    Bike Hike - Reservations Required

    Sunday, December 18, 2016

    Explore the unique beauty of the Everglades by bicycle. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
    Fees:
    free
  • Everglades National Park

    Starlight Walk

    Sunday, December 18, 2016

    Experience the Anhinga Trail by starlight! More

    Time:
    7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Royal Palm
    Fees:
    free
  • Everglades National Park

    Long Pine Key Evening Program

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    Join a park ranger for this illustrated program focusing on Everglades' unique natural or cultural wonders. More

    Time:
    7:30 PM to 8:15 PM
    Location:
    Long Pine Key Campground

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

(305) 242-7700
Main Everglades National Park Phone and Fax

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