Free—it’s not a word you hear often during the holidays, but the City of Homestead is offering free transportation, free parking, free guided tours, and free admission to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks as part of the Holiday Trolley. Take advantage of this special Homestead National Parks Trolley service running every day December 26th through 30th in addition to running every weekend through April 30th. After all, there’s no better time to visit your National Parks than the Holiday Season!
Enjoy the beautiful weather, explore nature, encounter wildlife, and spend time with your family. This service is the perfect opportunity to entertain children who are home during winter break. The Trolley will be departing every day from picturesque Historic Downtown Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can enjoy local area restaurants, take in Homestead’s beautiful historic architecture, or visit the free Old Town Hall Museum before or after their visit to the parks.
Homestead’s award-winning National Parks Trolley service began its fourth season November 26, 2016. It runs every weekend through April 30, 2016. In addition to the new holiday schedule, the trolley departs every Saturday and Sunday from Historic Downtown Homestead. The trolley takes visitors to Everglades National Park’s Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center and riders enjoy free entrance into the park to visit the Anhinga Trail.
It also travels to Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center and boardwalk, where boardwalk where visitors can take the new Island Boat Tour. Explore the crystal clear waters of Biscayne Bay and the iconic Boca Chita Key with this exciting new service. Tours depart from the Dante Fascell Visitor Center at 10:00 am or 1:30 pm on select dates Thursday through Sunday. The Trolley makes an additional stop at Miami-Dade County’s Homestead Bayfront Park where visitors may swim at the atoll beach.
The Homestead National Parks Trolley may be boarded at Losner Park in Homestead at 104 N. Krome Avenue. The trolley connects to bus routes from Miami-Dade County public transportation. There is plenty of free parking adjacent to the trolley stop.
The trolley program is the result of efforts of the National Parks Conservation Association in collaboration with the National Park Service and the City of Homestead. The National Parks Conservation Association works to protect and enhance America’s national park system for current and future generations and is America’s voice for national parks.
For more information on the Homestead National Parks Trolley Holiday Trolley schedule and routes as well as ranger-guided tours at the National Parks and other activities, please visit: www.cityofhomestead.com/gateway or call (305) 224-4457.