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Everglades Experience: Guided Tour of Royal Palm, Nike Missile Site, and Pa-hay-okee!

A small group naturalist guided tour including the Nike missile site and wildlife viewing.

Quick Details

Meeting Location: Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center in Homestead, FL

Duration: 3.5 hours

Start Time: 9:30 AM & 2:00 PM

Age Requirement: Ages 5+ are welcomed to join this program. Guest ages 5+ can join in our Institute vehicle as long as the passenger does not require a child seat or booster.

Vehicle Option:

Immerse yourself in the Everglades without the hassle of driving! Maximize your journey with us by joining your Naturalist in our Institute Van. Our van can comfortably sit up to 14 passengers; and is air conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Park entrance is included for all passengers.

* Opt to caravan with your own vehicle; radios will be provided for communication between stops (Park Entrance Fee not included). 

Important Information:

  • Program will end at the last stop in the park. Passengers will return to the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center after the last stop of the tour.
  • 14 people maximum.
  • Make sure to read all the information below including the drop down menus to learn more about this trip.
  • Before completing your booking, make sure to read our Cancellation Policy.
Participant Price per person. Ages 5+. Drive in personal vehicle following your Naturalist. Does not include Park Entrance Fee.
$50
Passenger Price per person. Passenger must be ages 5 and older who do not require a child's seat or booster seat.
$50

Discover the Everglades

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the mesmerizing Everglades National Park with our expert Institute Naturalists as your guides. Join us in exploring the rich history and intricate ecosystem of this distinctive natural wonder.

Select your preferred transportation option: join our Naturalists in the comfort of our spacious, air-conditioned 14-passenger van, which is also wheelchair accessible, or opt to follow in your own vehicle. Our thoughtfully designed program features strategic stops at iconic park locations, ensuring an enriching and comprehensive Everglades experience for all participants.

Here’s a glimpse of what awaits you:

  1. Royal Palm:
    • Begin your journey at the Royal Palm area, where our Naturalists will lead you on leisurely walks, sharing their knowledge about the unique flora and fauna that call the Everglades home.
    • Discover the historical significance of Royal Palm and its role in the park’s conservation efforts.
  2. Nike Missile Site:
    • Uncover the hidden history of the Nike Missile Site, gaining insights into its role during the Cold War era.
    • Engage in captivating talks about the park’s conservation initiatives and the delicate balance between human history and natural preservation.
  3. Pa-hay-okee Overlook:
    • Experience breathtaking views at the Pa-hay-okee Overlook, a prime location for spotting wildlife and capturing stunning photographs.
    • Delve into the intricacies of the Everglades ecosystem, learning about the importance of this unique wetland in maintaining biodiversity.

Throughout the journey, our Naturalists will provide informative talks, allowing you to deepen your understanding of the Everglades and appreciate its significance as a National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings, as the Everglades is home to a diverse array of species.

The advertised time for this program includes the return drive to the Ernest Coe Visitor Center for those participating as passengers, ensuring a seamless and informative experience from start to finish. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with nature and gain a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the Everglades. Book your enlightening journey today!