Royal Palm State Park was established in 1916 and later became the nucleus for Everglades National Park. It is an expansive area where you will find two visitor centers, three historic sites and many notable places.
- Research Road
- Historic Nike Missile Site HM-69
- Pine Rockland
The Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center is at the Homestead entrance. Here you will find information about the Everglades, an informational movie, an interactive gallery display and a bookstore.
Visitor Center Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (December-April)
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (May-November)
Bookstore Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Royal Palm Information Station and Bookstore
If you have just one hour in the Everglades, Royal Palm Information Station and Bookstore is a great place to stop. You can spend as little or as much time here as you would like. Located a little over a mile away from the Homestead park entrance is Royal Palm. Ranger-led walks and talks are conducted here. The visitor center here includes a small bookstore, restrooms and vending machines.
Bookstore Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Royal Palm extends all the way Mahogany Hammock just before Flamingo. This area includes Long Pine Key Campground and all the trails in between the Homestead entrance and Flamingo.
Things to do at Royal Palm
- Bird Watching
- Canoeing and Kayaking
- Ranger Programs
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Boat Tours