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“Great tour”

HM69 Nike Missile Base
Ranked #11 of 37 things to do in Homestead
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great tour”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

This is a great tour. So much history and I had no idea that we were storing missiles in the Everglades. The guide really did a great job. Tour takes about an hour but there are days of things to see in the Everglades.

Visited December 2013
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Falls Church, Virginia, USA
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“A+++++ essential bit of Cold War history”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

My wife and I were both defense consultants for many years and both of us worked on missile programs at one time or another. So we were excited when we saw the sign for this tour at the Visitor Center. We figured we'd get a good Ranger talk and see the outside of one or two buildings. Boy were we wrong!

This is a great tour. The guide (a former Marine -- although I've heard there's no such thing) provided a good overview of the Cold War situation and told quite a bit about the Nike missile program and this base in particular. The tour includes the old launch control center (currently an administrative building for the NPS) and the separate launch complex, where the assembly building and a number of the launch site buildings remain. As we were standing outside that last building, we thought the tour was finished and were very satisfied with the tour. But then the guide said, ok now you can look at the toys. He opened the door and there's a Nike Hercules missile and some other equipment in the building.

I've been a fan of ranger talks and ranger walks for more than 50 years. This one was one of the best.

Visited December 2013
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Coral Gables, Florida
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127 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Interesting, free tour of a Cold War relic”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

On Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, a park ranger will lead a great tour of the Nike Hercules Missile base in the Everglades National Park, not too far west of the entrance. Ranger Kirk Singer is a wonderful story-teller, and his Marine Corps experience adds perspective. Ranger Singer uses demonstrative aids to explain the history and purpose of this facility, which came about as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This is a reminder of how close we came to WW3, and why it is important to remember that.

Visited December 2013
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suwanee
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“HM69 Nike Missle Base only Dec - March”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We drove out to the Missile Base a few weeks ago in October while in Fl. You enter through the Everglades National Park..so having our Park pass saved us $10.00. Unfortunately, the Base does not give tours except in Dec through March..maybe through April the Information center said. They were very non-specific.

We think we could see one bunker from the road, but not much else...so we will try again when we are down in Fl in Feb. Evidently, there is not much to see unless you are on a tour.

So I would call first as it is quite a ride through the Park to get to this area.

Visited October 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Great piece of history”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

If you like local history, this is a place you want to visit. The guide was awesome and really knew his history. His delivery of information was great and he didn't skip a beat. The tour starts in the parking lot of the Dan Beard Research Center. That's where the guide tells you about the history of the place and shows you some photographs and diagrams. Afterwards, everyone drives their own cars to the actual missile hangars and launch areas. You get to walk around the area and see the hangars. The grand finale is when one of the hangars is opened and a reconditioned Nike missile is on display for everyone to see. The hangar also has a lot of original equipment from the era including a rotary telephone and some test equipment.

There is no fee for the tour. The tour is only open from December through April and you wouldn't want to be there during the wet, summer months anyway. The mosquitoes are relentless in the summer. I would recommend you bring water, sunglasses and comfortable footwear.

Visited March 2013
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