Royal Palm Visitor Center

Everglades National Park

Four miles past Ernest Coe Visitor Center, Royal Palm offers the easiest access to the Glades in these parts. Two trails, the Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo (the latter named for the gumbo-limbo tree, also known as the ‘tourist tree’ because its bark peels like a sunburned Brit), take all of an hour to walk and put you face to face with a panoply of Everglades wildlife.

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Nearby Everglades National Park attractions

1. Anhinga Trail

0.15 MILES

If you do just one walk in the Everglades, make sure it's on the Anhinga Trail. Gators sun on the shoreline, anhinga spear their prey and wading birds…

2. Ernest Coe Visitor Center

2.79 MILES

Near the entrance to the Everglades National Park, this friendly visitor center has some excellent exhibits, including a diorama of ‘typical’ Floridians …

3. Everglades Outpost

7.73 MILES

The Everglades Outpost houses, feeds and cares for wild animals that have been seized from illegal traders, abused, neglected or donated by people who…

4. Schnebly Redland's Winery

8.33 MILES

Given the climate, you won't find malbec, pinot noir or zinfandel – wines here are made of mango, passion fruit, lychee, avocado, coconut and other…

5. Historic Town Hall

10.24 MILES

Built in 1917, this stolid white building fulfilled many roles – city council chambers, fire department, police station – in the once tiny township of…

6. Downtown Homestead

10.25 MILES

You could pass a mildly entertaining afternoon walking around Homestead’s almost quaint main street, which essentially comprises a couple of blocks of…

7. Pa-hay-okee Overlook

10.95 MILES

Rte 9336 cuts through the soft heart of the park, past long fields of marsh prairie, white, skeletal forests of bald cypress and dark clumps of mahogany…

8. Fruit & Spice Park

12.32 MILES

Set just on the edge of the Everglades, this 35-acre public park grows all those great tropical fruits you usually have to contract dysentery to enjoy…