Royal Palm District:
Join a ranger on a tour!
Royal Palm and surrounding areas offer 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 main park line at (305) 242-7700.
Below are the summaries of all ranger-led programs available in Royal Palm and other areas nearby. Most programs are only offered in the Dry Season (November - April). Programs are free with park entrance fee unless otherwise noted.
Year-round Programs: 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 at 10:30am, 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.
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.
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.
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 at 1:30pm, 365 days a year!
Nike Missile Site
Step into the Cold War for a tour of the historic Nike Missile Site, HM69. See an actual missile and many of the original support buildings. Guided tours begin at the Daniel Beard Center and are conducted most afternoons between December and March. Accessible, 0.7 miles, 1.5 hours.
Slough Slog/ Wet Walk (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. 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.