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Address: Rte. 29, Everglades City, FL
Phone Number: 2396953311
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Wonderful mangrove boat tour from the friendly visitor center

We visited the Gulf Coast Visitor Center as we had made online reservations for the mangrove boat tour based out of the visitor center. On the web site, it said you need to make... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If this review is to be for the upstairs National Park Visitor Center for the Everglades, this fell short. We are used to visiting National Park Visitor Centers that have a wide variety of activities and displays. This was a small room with not a whole lot to offer. I got my National Park Stamp, but then was gone after... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very impressed with the attitude and helpfulness of the Park Rangers. Made our time there very enjoyable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Gulf Coast Visitor Center as we had made online reservations for the mangrove boat tour based out of the visitor center. On the web site, it said you need to make reservations by fax or online. Since for most people, it is a drive down to the Everglades National Park, making sure you have reservations are a... More 

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Windsor Locks, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tiny center, as National Parks go, so the main thing to do is get on the boat tour. The do have a nicely set up center and a Park Ranger (Jill) gave us an informative walk around the small grounds pointing out the various flora and how they relate to the ecosystem. Didn't have time to fully explore the center... More 

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Cotia, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there after another boat tour but it's worth going there for first; there is a lot of information too.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We stopped by the Gulf Coast Visitor Center and they were closed. It was 1:45 and a big sign on the door indicated they were closed. The parking lot was full and the hours indicated they should have been open but not so.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Technically, this visitor center is outside the boundary of the Everglades National Park, which is why it's listed in TripAdvisor under Everglade City and not the park. If you take a boat tour from here, you will be taken into the part of the gulf where the park boundary starts. And it's certainly worth taking a boat ride into the... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This is a good place to gain information about what to do, and in which order to do things in the Everglades. You may well decide to stick around to do a boat tour from the facility.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Helpful staff with smiling faces. I got plenty of info about the area and also went for a half-day free canoe trip led by National Park staff across into the mangrove waterways, to see the wildlife. Thanks to Andy and Michelle.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We stopped at the visitor center to pick-up our reservation tickets for the Ten Thousand Island Boat tour. The Visitor center and the rangers are always vwry informative and helpful. If you don't have a National Park Passport I highly recommend you get one. We wanted to get one for years but never took the time....bad mistake. We bought one... More 

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