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Homestead Trolley to the National Parks
NP trolleyEvery weekend, from November 22, 2014 through April 26, 2015, Homestead invites its residents, neighbors, and visitors to explore Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, and Homestead Bayfront Park with a free guided trolley ride from Historic Downtown Homestead.

The City of Homestead, recently designated as the “Gateway to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks," created this pioneer program to offer free public transportation to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks by expanding its already successful local trolley service.

In addition, both Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park have partnered to offer free Park admission to those on the National Parks Trolley. This ground-breaking project will be the first of its kind nationally to offer public transportation to two National Parks. 
For more information, call (305) 224-4457.

freeCatch the National Parks Trolley, every Saturday and Sunday, at Losner Park in Historic Downtown Homestead: 104 N. Krome Ave., Homestead, FL. 

Guided Tours
Learn about the unique ecosystems and rich history of Homestead and the National Parks on guided tours provided on the trolley by National Park Rangers and Volunteers.

Plan your Day

Start and end your day in Historic Downtown Homestead where you can tour the free Old Town Hall Museum, eat at great local restaurants, enjoy a walk through a town full of history, distinct architecture and new opportunities. We encourage you to make a weekend of it! Stay at local hotels and take the whole family to one Park on Saturday and the other Park on Sunday.

Parking is FREE near the Homestead National Park Trolley stop at the "Park and Ride" parking lot located at 1 Washington Avenue, Homestead, FL 33033. Visitors can follow the directional signs west towards the Trolley stop.

Public Transportation If want to get to the Homestead National Parks Trolley stop by using Miami-Dade County Public Transportation use the Miami-Dade Transit Trip Planner at MiamiDade.gov for a step-by-step guide on catching bus 38 to the Trolley stop at 104 N. Krome Avenue. 
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Trip Routes

Losner Park to Everglades National Park
7:45 am | 10:30 am | 11:55 am | 1:55 pm | 3:20 pm
 
Anhinga Trail to Downtown Homestead
8:55 am | 11:40 am | 1:05 pm |  3:05 pm |  4:30 pm | 5:15 pm
 
Losner Park to Biscayne National Park
9:35 am | 11:00 am | 1:00 pm | 2:25 pm

Biscayne National Park to Downtown Homestead
10:00 am | 11:25 am | 1:25 pm | 2:50 pm | 4:10 pm
 
Homestead Bayfront Park to Downtown Homestead
10:05 am | 11:30 am | 1:30 pm | 2:55 pm | 4:15 pm


Biscayne National Park
Spend a day on Biscayne Bay! Bring a picnic, stroll the waterfront, look for manatees, call (305) 230-PARK for FREE Ranger-led tours, or wet a line if you have a fishing license! Discover shipwreck artifacts, watch a film or catch an art exhibit at the visitor center. Don’t miss our award-winning Family Fun Fest on the second Sunday of each month from 1:00- 4:00 pm.

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SATURDAY PROGRAMS
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Canoe/Kayak Trip (2 hours)
10:15 - 11:15 am Jetty Walk
1:00 - 3:30 pm Jr. Ranger Kid's Connection Activities
1:45 - 3:30 pm Shoreline Snorkel
2:00 - 3:30 pm Who's Home Dip-net Program

SUNDAY PROGRAMS
10:15 - 11:15 am Jetty Walk
1:00 - 3:30 pm Canoe/Kayak Lessons
2:00 - 3:00 pm Porch Talk

ART EXHIBIT | December 7 from 1-3 p.m.
Come out to the opening of the art exhibit "Piecing Together a Changing Planet" and meet the artists, view the art, and enjoy free refreshments.  

FAMILY FUN FEST | Sundays from 1-4 p.m
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Shark in the Park – December 14, 2014
Discover the ocean's greatest predators! Our season kickoff will feature a hands-on encounter with shark fossils, a chance to experience sharks' more sensual sides, and an opportunity to talk to REAL great white shark scientists from OCEARCH!
 
Biscayne Bowl – January 11, 2015
Are you ready for some football? How do you keep track of dolphins on (and in) the field? What plant has the greatest defense? What can you learn from a "quarter back?" Come get the answers to these questions and more when Family Fun Fest gets down on the gridiron!
 
Oodles of Ologies! – February 8, 2015 
Paleontology, geology, climatology, hydrology…scientists study all kinds of cool stuff!Get the dirt on what Biscayne's wildlife was like 10,000 years ago, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the park's water lab, and learn how anglers can help preserve marlins, swordfish and other amazing fish.
 
Inside Edition: SpongeBob – March 8, 2015
Biscayne National Park is home to lots of sponges, but most of them don't wear pants, sing or dance! We salute another kids TV and movie classic while designing plankton, attending the Bikini Bottom Job Fair, and getting the inside scoop on Bob and all his buddies.
 
Quinceañera: Fifteen Years of FFF – April 12, 2015
It's a fact of life. Everybody grows up…even Family Fun Fest. Match park animals with their baby pictures, discover some of the park's most coordinated dancers, check out some FAB-ulous outfits, and witness the most spectacular finale ever as we wrap up FFF Season 15!
 

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Just minutes away, lies a globally renowned treasure called Everglades National Park! The unique mix of tropical and temperate plants and animals makes the Everglades a truly exceptional place to visit. Stroll along the Anhinga Trail and observe alligators, turtles, butterflies and dozens of beautiful birds! Stop by the visitor center and enjoy the Park’s interactive exhibits and videos, or chat with a Ranger to learn about how special the Everglades is to all of us.

Anhinga Amble
Interested in seeing wildlife? Take a stroll and explore the renowned Anhinga Trail where alligators, wading birds and other wildlife are easily spotted! Meet at the Royal Palm benches. Accessible, 0.7 miles, 50 minutes, Daily at 10:30 am

Glades Glimpse 
The Everglades is a place like no other! Sit in the shade as a ranger reveals the amazing wonders of the Everglades. Topics vary daily. Meet at the Royal Palm benches. Accessible. 20 minutes. Daily at 3:00 pm

Gator Spy 
Take a stroll along the Anhinga Trail and discover how the American Alligator is a crucial and vital member of the Everglades. Meet at the Royal Palm benches. Accessible, 0.7 mile, 50 minutes, Daily at 2:30 pm

Everglades National Park
Homestead Bayfront Park
Homestead Bayfront Park

Come swim at this popular County Park, next to Biscayne National Park,
and enjoy its tropical atoll pool and beach. The Park offers a beach-side restaurant,
picnic pavilions, grills, a fishing area and a large playground. The park also
conveniently provides outdoor showers and restrooms.

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This program was created in partnership with NPCA

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