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Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Rte. 29, Everglades City, FL
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Alexandria, Virginia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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West Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We stopped in on a Thursday afternoon to check out the tours. A concession staffer gave us the flyer with the available times for each tour. Going back on Friday for the 4:30p afternoon mangrove tour, we were informed that the last boat had already left and we needed reservations to be assured a seat (something not shared with us... More

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Mount Juliet, TN
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We just drove by and stopped in and the clerks would hardly take no for an answer re the Everglades boat tours. Some souvenirs, clean restrooms. We didn't stay there long. There were displays and maps to look at. We liked Big Cypress Visitor Center better.

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Monongahela
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Good stop all the info you need for your trip. Restroom and I mean one room. Very friendly person working there with a young boy learning & getting credit.

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Raleigh NC
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

The visitor center is located upstairs in a building adjacent to a marina. Downstairs is a shop that sells tours, food and the like. We went in it first, thinking it was the visitor center. Once we realized it was not National Park Service, we looked further and found it upstairs. It is not well marked, and I feel that... More

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Salisbury, Dorset, England
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229 reviews 229 reviews
14 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We had a great boat trip and it was super to see a Dolphin jumping over the wake of the boat. Very friendly and helpful crew. It was very kind of them to give their jackets to the small girls whose thoughtless parents hadn't brought any even though it was a cold day. A very nice trip. Thanks guys.

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Elkhorn, Nebraska
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I love the National Park System and always find their Visitor Centers inviting, educational, and almost lavish oasis. This Visitor Center was certainly not up to the standards I have come to expect; this felt like an outpost in the wilderness, like it was temporary; just the upstairs level of a marina. Not much to it. The one thing it... More

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Glad we took the time to to go on the boat ride through the mangroves. Captain Nick gave us our money's worth with a fun ride and lots of info on the ecology and aquatic and bird life of the mangroves. And we even got to see an alligator!

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