Only 4 miles (6 km) from the Homestead entrance, the Royal Palm Visitor Center is one of the park’s most popular locations because of thenormally abundant wildlife.
The Anhinga Trail and the Gumbo Limbo Trail both start from here.
What makes wildlife photography here so good is Taylor Slough (pronounced “slew”), where the water is deeper than in the surrounding marshland. In addition, several deep holes here always hold good concentrations of fish and animal life during the dry season.
Some of the holes are actually “borrow pits” created when soil was dug out for road construction.
Polarized sunglasses help in sighting the occasional prehistoric-looking garfish with their narrow streamlined bodies and long snouts. Compared to a garfish, a gator looks positively pleasant.
Ranger programs are held here throughout the year. The restrooms are open around the clock while the visitor center here is open seasonally.
See the Itinerary devoted to Royal Palm in detail.