HM69 Nike Missile Base

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jen
South Milwaukee, WI1 contribution
Mar 2022
I just wanted to put this out there as an FYI to anyone who would like to visit the Nike Missile Base in the off season. I was disappointed to learn that this NP program wasn't going to be running during my May visit to Everglades NP. I ran across the Everglades NP Institute on the NP website. They have guided tours of the Nike Base and the tour I booked is called "Everglades Experience: Guided Tour of Royal Palm, NIKE Missile Site, Pa-hay-okee and more!" I have yet to go on the tour but wanted to pay it forward to anyone who was interested in seeing it in the off season. :)
Written 28 March 2022
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marcia s
Summerville, SC175 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
We were in the national park n a windy day so decided to visit the site. They are only there on winter months and give tours at 2. One of the buildings that housed a missile was open with a volunteer there to answer questions. Worth the visit to this hidden treasure.
Written 16 February 2022
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Wano16
Plantation, FL803 contributions
Apr 2021
I had never heard of this place, but after seeing several small road signs we decided to go. Manned by ex-military guys it a few large hangers and a couple of other buildings. When you arrive you see all the old Warning Signs about keeping out and no pictures etc. But now its open for view and you can get up close to a missile as shown in the picture. Lots of information about the area and the missiles. History of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Very interesting and doesn't take too long.
Written 12 April 2021
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PAboyinFL
Ocala, FL1 132 contributions
Mar 2021
The missile base is only open a portion of the day inside Everglades NP. It was open from 10 AM - 2 PM the day we were in the park. If you make arrangements ahead of time, you can get a ranger led tour of the area. This did not seem necessary to us since there is only one open building (and there were two volunteers there who told us all about the area and its history and its operations). There are informative signs like you would find at stops in other National Parks giving you information about other closed buildings in the small compound.

It is not a lengthy ride, but it was a bit hard to locate as the park map doesn't make it clear how to get there and it is not listed on any of the brown directory signs. So do this to find it, turn onto the Anhinga Trail and look for small signs by the side of the road on your right. That will get you there. If you reach the end of Anhinga Trail, you've gone too far.

It is an interesting little side spot to visit, and it makes the Cold War and the seriousness of it much more meaningful.
Written 24 March 2021
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wcosue
Grand Junction, CO148 contributions
Feb 2021
Tucked in the Everglades NP is a missile base left over from the Cuban missile crisis. A full sized mock up of a missile and the information regarding the era was most interesting. We just drove up and did not need a reservation .
Written 20 February 2021
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Steve C
San Antonio, TX24 contributions
Feb 2021
Very interesting and informative park ranger tour guide. The tour started at the former barracks which are now offices for staff studying the everglades environment. This area also housed the target acquisition and control radars. The group then drove their individual cars down the road a mile or so to the launch facility. The launch facility consisted of three hangars where the missiles were assembled for launch, an arming building, and the kennel where the security dogs were housed. The guide opened up one of the hangars where a Hercules missile was on display. It was an easy flat walk around the old hangars, easily handicap accessible.
Written 20 February 2021
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kcby
49 contributions
Jan 2021
The tour was about the Cuban Missile Crisis and how missiles came to be built there in the Everglades. We saw the pink barracks that once housed the soldiers and a Nike missile. The tour was interesting and Dan, our guide, told a lot of history that few people are probably aware of.
Written 6 February 2021
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Rachel S
Knoxville, TN50 contributions
Dec 2020
The most recent park brochure says you must call to make a reservation for the missal tour. The most recent park brochure also claims that the tour is limited to 10 people. I called 10 times to make a reservation and no one ever answered. So we decided to just show up. There were at least 20 people there for the tour. So I guess my advice is to just show up. Don't use Google Maps. Use the official park map.

The FREE tour (as of December 2020) runs once a day, everyday. It's a 90 minute tour led by a park ranger. We had Ranger Dean Howell and he did an EXCELLENT job. He was so informed and enthusiastic. As the photos indicate, you do get to see an actual missal at the end of the tour.

Despite reservation issues, I highly recommend this tour.
Written 5 January 2021
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JDEKAM
Eden Prairie, MN78 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
Was fun to drive to in the middle of the Everglades. The on-site volunteers answered all questions and were super fun to talk to.

Worth checking it out!
Written 29 December 2020
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mdiv2001
Orlando, FL472 contributions
Dec 2020
We stopped by during an open house and talked to both of the volunteers who were staffing the site. My kids were in awe -- missiles that can be towed from location to location are the stuff of movies. It gave us the chance to talk about recent history as well, and we were startled to learn that there were people in South Florida who did not know the site existed! An interesting stop.
Written 28 December 2020
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