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Address: Rte. 29, Everglades City, FL

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Very Good Start to Enjoying the Everglades!

Visiting the center gives you a great understanding of how the Everglades have evolved throughout the many centuries. It's the third largest national park in the lower 48 states... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Visiting the center gives you a great understanding of how the Everglades have evolved throughout the many centuries. It's the third largest national park in the lower 48 states. Development in the past has affected the Everglades and its future existence. Due to Congress' intervention, money has been put aside to let waters from the north flow back into the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Great visitor centre; lots of useful information including maps handed out by the very friendly helpful staff; Boardwalk is brilliant with lots of wildlife to see; get place to stop and look around.

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Richmond, Virginia
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The center itself doesn't have that much, but they have contracted a for-profit company to run boat tours from the visitor center. The boat tours, which are a little pricey in our opinion, are really the only way to get a feel for the area since there are no boardwalks, etc in the area that we saw. We took the... More 

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Indiana
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The visitor center isn't much to see, probably the saddest one I've visited. the Rangers are so knowledgable about the region so use the time to ask questions. We stayed after the boat tour for a ranger talk. He grew up local and really personalized the talk about predators. This part of the park is all about boating tous. Don't... More 

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North Port, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Talked to the Ranger and he seemed uninterested in talking to us. Just seemed he was unhappy about his job. Said he had been a Ranger for 7 years. Think they would be more friendly. This Guy wasn;t. Maybe he was just having a bad Ranger Day.

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Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Park rangers man the small station on the edge of the water. Try to get there when they are giving the scheduled presentations --good way to learn about the area, environment, history. If yo have a National Park passport, you can get it stamped at this ranger station!

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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31 helpful votes 31 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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28 helpful votes 28 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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