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Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Staff makes great effort despite limited resources

The original visitor center building was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma and will soon be... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2018
Kristen E
Park service boat tour is good

We enjoyed the boat tour provided by the Park Service. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed March 17, 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

The Gulf Coast VC was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. The replacement trailer with port-a-potties is certainly adequate to getting the visitors' needs met, and even has a couple of small, hands-on interactive related to wildlife. Jessica, the ranger on duty, was very gracious and walked...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Erin A
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Knowing that the the other visitor center was not operable we stopped here. Any questions you asked the ranger he answered and even looked something up on Google when he wasn’t sure. There is a chart on the wall that lets you know what wildlife...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

The original visitor center building was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma and will soon be knocked down. There are plans to rebuild a permanent visitor center, but for the time being, the visitor center is housed in one small portable building. Soon, they will transition...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Kristen E
Reviewed May 28, 2018

Hurricane Irma hit the Visitor Center which is closed while they renovate it. The Current Center is in a small trailer. There's not much there except a few exhibits and an information desk. But worth the stop if only to get the lay of the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed April 7, 2018

Operating out of a temporary trailer because of storm damage to the visitor's center structure, you'll still do well to stop here. The rangers staffing the site afford you a wealth of knowledge in regard to National Park attractions in the area. Having limited time...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Paul B
Reviewed April 5, 2018

This center was destroyed by the hurricane and has not been rebuilt yet. There is a trailer with very little in it and the worst porta potties I have ever seen. We went for the tour of the everglades, which I would certainly recommend, but...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

This center is under construction. It has two rangers to answer a trailer (temporary office) full of people. Why are the Everglades visitors centers so much smaller and offer little compared to other national parks?

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

On weekends the NPS offers a free canoe trip across the bay to Sand Fly Island. We took the trip with Andres and Richard on March 11. First you paddle about a mile across the bay into a channel through the islands. Along the way...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank James C
Reviewed March 17, 2018

We enjoyed the boat tour provided by the Park Service. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. The highlight was the dolphins that he spent a lot of time driving near so we could get good photos of. Everglades city is a cute little...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank heidim0rgan
Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

Building is closed due to a 9 ft surge after recent hurricane destroyed the building, so they are under renovation. They are in a trailer with just a map. Lots of rangers though and a list of recently sighted animals.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Michael P
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Response from Hthr8 |
According to their website yes for the permits. Just search 10,000 Islands.
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No, I believe you can arrange canoe trips with the rangers (don't know if they are free). The 2 boat trips you can purchase from the concession store and they each cost around $40. Both of them are great value for money.
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