Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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TrailTrekker15
Tallahassee, FL5,190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
I stopped into the Ernest Coe Visitor Center before heading down to Flamingo. I’m glad I did! The ranger on duty let me know that several sites were closed either for the season or other reasons. I was able to plan out several spots to head toward. The gift shop had a good amount of books and souvenirs. There is also a small museum with some of the natural features discussed as well as local history including the Nike Missile Base. This is definitely where you want to start any trip into Everglades National Park.
Written August 1, 2021
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This is the Visitors Center that is closest to Homestead. You will see it prior to main Park entrance. It has bathrooms, some exhibits, a store and most important, very knowledgeable and patient US Park Rangers. They are very helpful and will provide you with maps of the park and great information. FYI- Seniors (62+) get a discount for admission to the park.
Written January 12, 2020
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kathleenlowery03
Cleveland, OH4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
So glad we started at the Earnest E. Coe Visitor Center. We saw Ranger Leon on a PBS National Park movie. We found out about the guided walk at the Anhinga Trail from Trip Advisor! The walk is just a short drive from the Visitor Center. We were presently surprised to find Ranger Leon as our guide! It was an hour long walk/talk which Ranger Leon led. He has an obvious love of science and the south Florida area, and an immense knowledge base of the animals, birds, reptiles, trees, etc. His talk/walk was the highlight of our trip to the Everglades National Park! He is great with younger children and engages them as his helpers.

The walk is part board walk and part hard surface (cement or asphalt). There was some shaded areas that Ranger Leon took advantage of for everyone to stop at while he gave us detailed information about the entire environment.

There was quite a lot of activity with Anhinga Birds, Egrets, Alligators, Turtles and other native birds to the area.
Written February 25, 2020
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The Hiking Harpist
Boston, MA53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is the main visitor center in the Everglades, so it can get crowded. It's beautiful though, with outdoor space and lots of information inside. Don't miss the map and geology/wildlife chronology before the front entrance. I stopped here after visiting the park, so I didn't need any specific recommendations, but it looked very organized.
Written February 25, 2020
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maserk
Colorado Springs, CO1,731 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We only stopped here briefly before spending the day in the Everglades park, but we were glad we did. One of the rangers saw that we had binoculars and asked what we were hoping to see. When he found out that we were birding, he took us to another ranger who was very familiar with the birds in the area. She gave us good tips on where to stop and look for specific birds, places that we would not have gone otherwise. I'd recommend stopping here to get some good maps and take advantage of the knowledge the rangers can provide.
Written April 22, 2023
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PAboyinFL
Ocala, FL1,684 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Due to covid, there is a station outside where a ranger will give you a map and information. The gift shop is open, but that is all. There is a pond behind the building with fish and maybe an occasional gator. The restrooms are open, so it is a good stop before heading off onto the roads in the park.

You do not need to pay a park entrance fee to get to this visitor center. The booth for that is just up the park's main road beyond the visitor center.
Written March 24, 2021
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doublenaturelover
Kissimmee, FL134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
You can lose yourself and find yourself at same time.. Greatful we went. Had to get out of house. As little one said (Tromping thru the Woods ) was fun. Can't see it all in a month. So much to do and see. Left Cell phones in car.
"DO NOT DISTURB" ! LOVELY
Written November 28, 2022
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worktotravel14
Trenton, NJ3,542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is great place to find suggestions for dayhikes, water activities, and to understand your options in the park. If you are looking for mementos, this is the place to stop in the park, because some of the other centers are often not open. Enjoy a full 10 minute conversation with someone who is checking you out and enjoy the lackadaisical feeling of this area, as a little bit of an entry point to the keys.
Written June 10, 2023
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Matt w
London262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Good place to start and pick up a map and list of guided talks and events for the day. Friendly staff and when travelling with kids, ask for the activity book and collect the Ranger badges.
Park Ranger David was awesome … a 1hr tour at the Anhinga Trail and the Gumbo Limbo Trail - Was informative. Saw Alligator, all sorts of birds and fish, lizards and wonderful plants
Written October 25, 2023
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Ellen W
94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Most helpful visitor center and rangers! They were willing to make suggestions and give you guidance. They seemed very knowledgeable and caring. Great video! Saw a baby alligator behind the visitor center. Take the Anihinga Trail.
Written January 3, 2020
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