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Flamingo Visitor Center

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Address: 1 Flamingo Lodge Highway, Everglades National Park, FL
Phone Number: 941-695-2945
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6:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun 6:00 am - 5:30 pm

Visitor center in the village of Flamingo.

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Canoe trip

The drive out to the visitor centre is well worth it. The bird life you'll see on the way is excellent. Got there and my main reason for going was to hire a canoe for a short... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drive out to the visitor centre is well worth it. The bird life you'll see on the way is excellent. Got there and my main reason for going was to hire a canoe for a short paddle up the canal. In October it seems to be an easy option. I just went the the general store, which is well... More 

Thank Utterpanic
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We drove to Flamingo mostly so that we would be able to get a good "feel" of the Everglades along the road through the park, instead of just stopping at the first visitor center and calling it a day. Given that it was the off-season, we didn't expect much at Flamingo based on reviews we read online. Sure enough, there... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We actually had problems finding the entrance to the Everglades with GPS, but in our second try using this address as suggested by a local, we found it. This is about an hour drive from the gate, but worth it. It is a beautiful drive. I love this area because it isn't very popular,Mao we saw an alligator and a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We took the boat ride going to Coots bay. The ride for the bay operates Fri- Sun only. We were lucky to see a croc and a few birds including an osprey feeding on a fish! But it was not worth the $33 price tag. The boat operator was however very knowledgeable and kept us entertained. There was a croc... More 

Thank Sunita K
Viera, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The visitor center is often closed during the off season. Not a lot to see, but they do have restrooms. The restaurant is closed most of the off season.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We were pretty put off by the ranger's attitude when we visited the center. We asked a couple of questions and she wasn't very interested in helping us. We checked out the exhibit, which was pretty nice, and headed to our boat tour. Along the way we got to see a manatee finally! It was by the dock drinking fresh... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

There isn't much at all to see inside the Flamingo Visitor Center in the summer "wet" season. It wasn't manned; most of the activity is by the marina. There is a neat breezeway outside the center with free scopes to view the birds on the Florida Bay side. It was very windy there, but interesting to see the various birds... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

June 1st 2015 It is an easy 45 minute drive with nice scenery to the Flamingo Visitors center. The last part is freshly paved. Went to the canoe rental kiosk near the gas pumps and rented a canoe. Did a nice 2 hour paddle up the Flamingo Canal. Go to google maps and you can see it running north from... More 

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Byron, Michigan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We know we went in the off season but still. We drove a long mostly boring road to get here and the only thing that was open were not very clean restrooms that you had to walk upstairs to get to. No food, no nothing. Saw one alligator on the way down, mostly trees and tons of mosquitos. Worst National... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I didn't think that this place was anything special, but we enjoyed stopping here for a picnic lunch. We saw a few birds around the facility and were able to get some nice photos of them. It's a nice break and a place to turn around back to the entrance.

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