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Gulf Coast Visitor Center

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Address: Rte. 29, Everglades City, FL
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+1 239-695-3311

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Enjoyed a good boat ride around 10k Islands

Saw some great birds, dolphins, and more on the hourly tour along the estuaries. Lots of kayak/canoe opportunities but I'll have to check those out later. A very cozy but packed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Nome, Alaska
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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

a few nice displays; folders; helpful staff...souvenirs also at decent prices mostly...we were advised to come here back at the last visitor's center in Big Cypress...we were not all that impressed at all...but at least it wasn't too far more to come...

Thank Scouternurse S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The visitors center and the shop below it are small, but pack a lot of information inside. You can purchase tickets for the boat tours that are offered in the park in the shop. Ranger talks are also scheduled, the times posted outside. While at the center you can picnic, fish, bird watch, and walk the grounds. We chose the... More 

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Nome, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw some great birds, dolphins, and more on the hourly tour along the estuaries. Lots of kayak/canoe opportunities but I'll have to check those out later. A very cozy but packed visitors center and similar facilities. A great way to get a sense of Florida'a unique costal habitats without having to drive to the Atlantic coast.

Thank MattyFitzAK
Saint Louis, Missouri
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I started my Everglades adventure here with a boat tour and it was awesome (Ten Thousand Islands tour). The visitor's center has some informative displays about the area that are worth a look and the ranger gave me a map and drive times to other areas I was heading to. There is a small shop below where you make the... More 

Thank AlexisFelicite
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in the late afternoon and couldn't stay for the next boat tour which left at 4. Not much else to see at the Visitor Center but did buy a couple of t-shirts at the gift shop. I would recommend going to another section of the Everglades National Park to get the real flavor.

Thank CLL1948
Old Forge, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This center is best used for local information as supplied by the uniformed person on duty. There isn't much to see.

Thank 90Miler
Jupiter, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good for a quick stop or boat ride. There is a gift shop and US National Park entrance. This is outside the park so there is no charge.

Thank DiverM
Swansea, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Nice air-conditioned break with lots of local biology info. The boat-trip was really good especially for birds (although many can be seen around the car-park area as well). The highlight of the boat ride were the dolphins, let me share some of the trill of watching dolphins surf the boat's wake! I hope this has inspired you.

Thank Carrie T
Key West, Florida
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

the 10,000 islands boat tour that you book from this center was worth the $40. saw some dolphins, captain was very informative.

1 Thank Kathleen M
Grantsville, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We stopped in here while we were waiting for our boat tour to start. Its part of the Everglades National Park. The displays are very cute and full of information. The ranger was friendly and helpful.

1 Thank wildflowerwest

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