The Randell Research Center is pleased to announce we are OPEN to the general public with COVID-19 precautions!

The RRC’s reopening plan was guided by the University of Florida, with counsel from UF Health, to ensure a safe environment for all visitors. We appreciated your patience as we implemented new protocols and enhanced sanitation procedures to ensure a safe experience while inside our buildings, common areas and trail. Signage throughout our site will guide visitors on measures to be followed.

Learn more below about the steps we are taking to welcome guests again. Should you not feel ready to visit just yet, please continue to enjoy Florida Museum virtual programs, extensive online resources or email newsletters and the Randell Research Center’s homepage for latest news.

We thank you for your endless support and look forward to seeing you soon!

Randell Research Center Guidelines

Face coverings are recommended on the deck and in the Visitor Center’s gift store and classroom. While practicing proper physical distancing, masks are optional on the Calusa Heritage Trail.

face coverings recommended, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently

What You Can Do:

  • Be patient and understanding – this is new for all of us
  • Properly wear face covering over nose and mouth at all times while on our Visitor Center deck area and inside our restrooms, gift store and classroom
  • Sanitize or wash hands frequently
  • Purchases using credit card – cash and checks will still be accepted
  • Download our Trail map in advance of visiting

What We’re Doing:

  • All RRC employees have been screened and tested for COVID-19
  • All RRC employees are encouraged to wear face coverings
  • Limiting occupancy in certain public RRC areas
  • Regular sanitizing of store, classroom, restroom and other public areas
  • Placing extra hand sanitizers throughout our facilities
  • Prior to reopening, staff performed a rigorous cleaning of all high-touch areas
  • Touch free access to spaces, touch free faucets, paper towel dispensers, hand soap and more.

Things To Know


The Calusa Heritage Trail is open daily for self-guided visits from sunup to sundown. Restrooms, book and gift shop, and classroom are open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours are offered to the public during peak season (January-April) on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Groups may also schedule guided tours at other times by calling the RRC at 239-283-2157.


Requested donations for visitors to the Calusa Heritage Trail are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children. Members of the Friends of the RRC are admitted free. Income from donations and memberships makes it possible for the RRC maintain this important archaeological site.


Follow Pine Island Road (Hwy 78) west through Matlacha to its end at Stringfellow Road. Turn right and go 3.1 miles to the intersection of Pineland Road on left. Turn left and go 1.2 miles (past RRC headquarters next to Pineland Post Office) to end of Pineland Road at Waterfront Drive. Continue right along Waterfront Drive 0.2 miles, just past Tarpon Lodge to RRC sign and gate on right. Address: Randell Research Center, 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland, Florida 33945

What to Wear and Bring

Because the Calusa Heritage Trail is outdoors, visitors should dress accordingly.  Summer conditions include heat, humidity, and frequent afternoon thunderstorms, and winter morning temperatures occasionally drop into the 40s or 30s, combined with the effects of wind chill.  In addition, much of the site is open to sun exposure, and mosquitoes and gnats can be bothersome during the summer wet season. The following recommendations are intended as suggestions only:

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water (hands-free bottle fill station available on deck)

The Fine Print:

By visiting the Randell Research Center, all visitors voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and accept and agree to abide by these guidelines and all other signage posted on the premises. RRC staff may deny any visitor common area entry once limits are reached. A face coverings that covers the nose and mouth is recommended for all visitors ages two (2) and up. Masks with exhalation valves are NOT permitted and bandanas or neck gaiters are NOT recommended. Visitors under two (2) years of age are not required to wear a face covering. Visitors are expected to provide their own face masks. Disposable face masks will be made available. It is recommended that at all times, visitors remain at least six (6) feet, or two (2) meters, apart from others not in their party. Visitors must respect all posted signage and follow all RRC rules and instructions. Any visitor, including members of that visitor’s party, who fails to follow the RRC signage, rules and instructions, may be denied entry or be required to leave the premise. Please call visitor services at 239-283-2157 if you have questions. Thank you for visiting!


CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Florida Health Department: COVID-19
University of Florida: COVID-19 Updates