Royal Palm Visitor Center

Royal Palm Visitor Center, Everglades National Park: Hours, Address, Royal Palm Visitor Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Royal Palm Visitor Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
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Adam F
Newhaven, UK11 contributions
Nov 2021
Been here many times over the last 20 years. Always the best place for seeing alligators and other wildlife, especially at dusk. Lately, the waterways have got choked with vegetation, which impedes the alligators, and you're less likely to see them hunting. And watch out for the turkey vultures in the car park. They are especially partial to convertible roofs. Plastic sheets are helpfully provided.
Written 26 April 2022
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Rob S
Boise, ID594 contributions
Dec 2021
We walked Anhinga and Gumbo LImbo trails, but there wasn't much at the visitor center. Also the vultures here attack the rubber and plastic on cars.
Written 23 December 2021
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runner24
Orlando, FL1 121 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a convenient center to visit as it's so close to the entrance to the Everglades NP. Plenty of paved parking with clean restrooms. The Anhinga Trail leads away directly from the parking lot. Worth a visit.
Written 13 July 2021
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klcorkins
Racine, WI123 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Used the restrooms & had our picnic lunch in the shade before heading out on the 2 near by walking trails.
Written 10 April 2021
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Matt19611
Reading, PA109 contributions
Jan 2021
I’m sure this spot is great at the right time, but it wasn’t great when we were there. Due to covid, the visitors center here was closed but the bathrooms were open and you can park here to do a couple short hikes. What we had hoped to do was the Anhinga Trail.
When we pulled in there were 3 vehicles parked here. 1 was a car covered with blue tarps that were bungee corded on. One was an SUV that a woman was in the process off covering with a tarp. The third vehicle was a pickup truck with a kayak in the back. The truck and kayak had about 10 black vultures on top of it. They had torn the wiper blades off and were busy tugging at any loose plastic or rubber they could find- same with the kayak.
We found a box there with 2 tarps left in it. There was only one bungee cord left and the tarps had holes in them and were covered with vulture excrement. After 10 minutes of trying to position these tarps, closing them in the hood, doors and trunk we realized they were not secure and we had only succeeded in covering the car and our hands in vulture poop. By this the SUV owner had left for the trail and the vultures had that tarp half off already. As 20 or 30 vultures stood as close as 10 feet away waiting for us to leave our car, we decided we were unable to safely leave the rental car and we had to wash up and drive on, down to Flamingo visitor center.
We later learned that in the winter month between 6 and 10 in the morning, black vultures “sometimes do this” and it’s been going on for years. We were not warned about this at the main Homestead visitor center when a ranger suggested we start with the Anhinga trail. Apparently no one is sure why they do this but there is speculation that these are mostly younger vultures and they may be exercising by tugging at materials that are not unlike tendons and connective tissues of the carrion they feed on.
So, if you’re planning to visit the Royal Palm visitor center in the morning during a winter month, either bring your own large tarp and multiple bungee cords or a car cover...or bring a vehicle you don’t mind getting damaged.
Written 8 January 2021
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JDEKAM
Eden Prairie, MN78 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
We never went inside but the trails were worth the walk. There was an alligator on the trail so that was a little nerve wracking but the teens loved if
Written 29 December 2020
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smilgaki
London, UK2 138 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This centre is located just before the park entrance at the Southern Everglades (it's $30 entrance per vehicle). You can get a map here and they tell you where to spot what. The centre also has a numpon the centre's viewing porch we also spotted the first gator - a small 3 year old.
Restrooms and shop available, too.
Written 17 February 2020
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Lori T
Dawsonville, GA2 497 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Thr Royal Palms Visitor Center has a very large parking lot and restroom building, which is good since it is at the start of the Anginga Trail which is an absolute must-see. The visitor center itself has a very small gift shop and an outside covered area with a small information display. The ranger-led walks on the Anhinga Trail meet at the covered area. Hint: stop at the Ernest F Coe Visitor Center near the park's main gate for a large gift shop and extensive indoor information display.
Written 15 February 2020
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tweetyrx2003
Runnemede, NJ279 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Such an amazing place to see wildlife there was tons of gators and birds out while we were there. The boardwalk is a great place to walk and keep an eye out to see what you can see
Written 14 February 2020
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Mary K
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
Yesterday, my wife and I stopped at Royal Palm to look for birds as we have for ~20 years. We and others including a professional photographer were very disappointed. We went purposely ~5 PM when the birds start arriving to spend the night. That didn't happen. We saw less than twenty birds. There wasn't a single white egret or heron.

I don't know whether the Burmese pythons or a combination of other factors are the cause but something is radically wrong and needs to be corrected. It isn't the lack of water or too much water. I and others would like to hear what the Park Service has to say.
Written 12 February 2020
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Royal Palm Visitor Center is open:
  • Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:15