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“Average visitor center/great activities” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Flamingo Visitor Center

Flamingo Visitor Center
1 Flamingo Lodge Highway, Everglades National Park, FL
941-695-2945
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Owner description: Visitor center in the village of Flamingo.
newport beach, ca
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“Average visitor center/great activities”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

The visitor center itself is no big deal but the boat rides, canoe rentals and grounds are great. Bring bug spray, even when colder, the mosquitoes are out.

Visited November 2012
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“Limited Facilities Due to Hurricane Damage”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Hurricanes have damaged many of the facilities in the Flamingo area and have not been fully restored. The visitor center has limited displays and a make-shift, but adequate for a lunch, restaurant and restrooms. They also still operate several ranger lead program from here as well.

Visited April 2012
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“Fading away ...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

This is a small visitor center, intermittently staffed, housed in an old pink (former) motel at the Bay shore. Nice hiking trail near by. Lot's of ospreys nesting and hunting. Watch for manatees in the small harbor. Rent kayaks, canoes, boats.

Visited October 2012
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“A very unique National park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Ranger and stafff on duty at the Flamingo Visitor Center were were helpful and provided a first rate experience. We hiked through several parts of the park and we had a great time. Be sure to wear a lot of bug repellent as the mosquitos were dense in the shaded parts of the park. the other end of the park where the campgrounds and hotel used to be was in poor shape. I am not sure if it is always like this or it was like this because it was essentially the off season. Overall a great experience and well worth the time to see alligators and other wildlife in their natural environment.

Visited May 2012
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“National Park Center, run down. The Marina area was much better.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

Drove down to the end of the Everglades NP to the Flamingo visitor center. Not much there regarding the National Park area. Very run down, dirty, nothing to see and no ranger on duty. Instead, walk over to the marina area which is run a by a commercial company. There you can buy tickets for boat rides on the bay side, or in the fresh water back areas. The boat guide even made fun of the NP and how they don't take care of the area. You can also rent boats. We took the backwater ride on a pontoon boat for $26 per person. Got to see crocodiles (not gators) very cool. and manatees. Tried hiking on some of the trials nearby, and couldn't due to the swarm of mosquitoes. Even had bug spray and it didn't help. If you have the time, I'd drive down just to say you made it, but don't expect anything from the NP.

Visited May 2012
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