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Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Address: Rte. 29, Everglades City, FL
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Elgin, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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102 reviews 102 reviews
25 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Leefdaal, Belgium
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142 reviews 142 reviews
20 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

As we wanted to see different parts of the Everglades we drove the long ride to the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, for another hour. You'll drive through the Big Cypress National Preserve, but that's actually a pretty boring road. We wanted to go there especially since you can make a reservation for a boat trip, which we really we wanted... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This center is just one room with a park ranger and a few educational exhibits. You can ask them to put on the 20 minute Discovery Channel video about the Everglades. The ranger is happy to tell you about places to go and things to do in the area.

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Ringgold, Georgia
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190 reviews 190 reviews
69 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I enjoyed this site for its unique viewpoint on the Everglades. At the border of the salt water - fresh water interface there is a bountiful collection of animal life available for observation, Bird species are especially plentiful.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I wanted to see the Everglades from the water. I started with the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. In addition to displays and trails you can also take an hour and half boat tour of the 10,000 Islands. The tour costs $32 and the crew was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. The boat includes open areas and places... More 

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