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Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Rte. 29, State Road 29, Everglades City, FL 34139
+1 239-695-3311
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What a great way to explore the mangroves

We booked a mangrove tour and were fortunate to a) be the only two on the boat (so we had our own... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Janice B
Charlotte, North Carolina
Good launch spot for 10,000 Islands

Bathrooms were very clean and with flush toilets and running water. Easy launch area for kayaks... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Northampton, MA
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Rte. 29, State Road 29, Everglades City, FL 34139
+1 239-695-3311
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a mangrove tour and were fortunate to a) be the only two on the boat (so we had our own private tour) and b) have Captain DeWayne as our guide. We passed Osprey nests with fledglings eating fish that their parents had just...More

Thank Janice B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bathrooms were very clean and with flush toilets and running water. Easy launch area for kayaks, with little power boat traffic in the area.

Thank BrewsMom
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Poe / Royal Palms and Shark Valley are the two main entrances to Everglades NP, but this one is right there with it's hand up trying to be recognized. I think people who don't want a boat tour shy away from here and, truthfully, other...More

1  Thank SCDad
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We enjoyed talking to the park ranger volunteers. They were very informative and answered all of our questions. Never felt rushed. There were some interesting displays.

Thank gshwesternpa
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Great place to spend an hour or two and get immersed in the area's original state as well as the status today.

Thank Brent B
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Stop by and sign up for a boat trip - it is a great way to see Ten Thousand Islands. Wildlife was everywhere, from many pairs of dolphins, turtles, birds, etc.

1  Thank Lightenupfrancis17
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I'm a big fan of national parks and I learn so much from my visits. We did the junior ranger badge program- watched a film, explored the exhibit and spoke with a park ranger. I agree with previous reviewers about the store downstairs, they were...More

Thank Kat M
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Planning on kayaking the Ten Thousand Islands you need to stop here. They a have all the latest information to make your trip a success. They also have nice displays about the history of the area as well as the wildlife. Don't confuse this with...More

Thank Truckie351
Reviewed 1 March 2017

It's not the museum in town yet it worked. As everyone says, make sure to go upstairs. I found the staff very friendly and helpful. The public bathrooms were clean and large.

Thank joshaurora
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This small, but interesting visitor center is an important place to stop if you are considering kayaking, canoeing, or boating the West Coast of Everglades National Park. The staff is a wealth of knowledge and good advice.

Thank bbrackin1
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Michael P
Can i get all the required permits and maps to depart on an overnight kayaking trip at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center?
10 January 2017|
Response from Hthr8 |
According to their website yes for the permits. Just search 10,000 Islands.
Karl L
My wife and I are traveling with our 38 year old son who is a paraplegic and requires a roll in shower. Do you have any rooms that would accommodate us or do we need to book to rooms adjoin and connect. I want to stay Sunday February 15 through Thursday February 19. Thank you so much for your help. I just can not afford 2 rooms each night. Karl Lutgens
20 February 2015|
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Is this the same as the free Ranger led canoe trips?
26 December 2014|
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Response from TraceyOC | Reviewed this property |
No, I believe you can arrange canoe trips with the rangers (don't know if they are free). The 2 boat trips you can purchase from the concession store and they each cost around $40. Both of them are great value for money.