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Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Rte. 29, Everglades City, FL
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Leefdaal, Belgium
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142 reviews 142 reviews
20 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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174 reviews 174 reviews
63 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Toronto, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
64 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We decided to kayak and canoe the Sandfly Island loop. When we got there, we realized that there were ranger guided tours, but we missed it. In any case, we decided to venture out on our own. We thought we were paddling in the right direction until I realize that we were off course significantly. I guess it wasn't as... More

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Titusville, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I went to the store downstairs first. Unless you want to hear lies about the area don't go....they are just pushing boat rides. I asked about a hiking trail and the girl told me they had no trails around just water things. I went upstairs and talked to the guys there and they gave me a map with hiking trails,... More

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

We went on both the "Mangrove Wilderness" tour and the "10,000 islands tour". The Mangrove tour took us deep into the swamp and mangrove canals in a small boat (6 passengers). The skilled and knowledgable driver/guide made it an experience of a lifetime pointing out wildlife and sights large and small. The "10,000 islands" tour took us out towards the... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We were very happy we took 105 minute boat ride here (vs one hour airboat rides that cannot go into the national park). The concessionaire has 6-seat boats with swivel seats so it's great for viewing wildlife. They are small and relatively quiet so you can get into the mangrove tunnels, and you don't have the noise of the airboats.... More

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New Alexandria, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Nice place to stop right before Everglades City. Lots and lots of information for the local area. They also have public restrooms.

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Watlington, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We booked an afternoon slot for the small boat trip (6 people) through the mangroves. Trips were clearly explained on board outside the centre and reiterated by staff inside. We had an excellent guide on our boat, Captain Bill, who was knowledgeable and entertaining. Very good introduction to the Everglades.

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