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Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Address: Rte. 29, Everglades City, FL
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Geneva, Switzerland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We went to the Gulf Coast Visitor center after reserving online for both of their boat tours. We arrived early, so we went upstairs to the visitor center and the shop downstairs. Upstairs we found information on the fauna and flora of the area, as well as videos and books. The park rangers there were also very willing to answer... More 

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Hasselt, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The rangers on the second floor were very informative. We did the Ranger nature tour. Since there is not much land it was around the small property. He was very informative and engaging about the trees and natural habitat of the Everglades Mangrove system. It was around 4pm so the mosquitos were out in full force so bring your bug... More 

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traveler
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We're a full-time traveling family (ie, we live out of an Airstream and move around every couple of weeks or so), and we homeschool our kids. This means we do a LOT of junior ranger programs with the National Parks. Basically, the kids get a booklet to complete by hiking, going to ranger programs, and studying the park. Then they... More 

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Chicago
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3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The two places are NOT the same. The visiting center is upstairs and its run by the NPS. The rangers were very friendly and helpful, and gave us all the best sites to visit while we were in the Everglades. They also recommended a boat tour, from a private company which is located downstairs. The boat tour was actually great!... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We were lucky enough to be the only passengers on the early morning boat ride through the Mangroves. Captain Marty was informative and friendly. We saw so many birds it was hard to know where to look. A few sleepy alligators also made an appearance.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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103 reviews 103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Visitor center is a very compact place with many exhibits and posters. One can request for the 20 minute video about the National Park which is a Discovery channel production. The two park rangers manning the center were very friendly and provided a lot of relevant information. The Boat tours operated near it are not run by the Park,... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

OK, so our sunset cruise wasn't their finest hour! The boat broke down a third of the way out, limped back and we were transferred to another boat. They handled the transfer well, but an hour-and-a half trip was half-lost with no talk of a refund. The captain's knowledge of the local wildlife was cringe-makingly bad (his more knowledgeable mate... More 

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Piscataway, New Jersey, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We took the sunset boat tour to explore the mangrove island. We saw many birds at a distance and we saw a big group of dolphins! They swam very close to the boat and that really make my day!

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Dickens, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Lots to see and do. Beaches are beautiful. People friendly. It was hot and humid...which I don't appreciate. Would try another time like December through February.

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Sun Peaks, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Upstairs in the visitor centre was one a very friendly, knowledgeable ranger. He explained all the options for things to do in the NP. Downstairs in the concession I booked 2 boat trips and again the staff down here were very friendly. In the morning I took the boat trip around Ten Thousand Islands with Captain Brett and First Mate... More 

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