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“Nice displays”

Gulf Coast Visitor Center
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Delaware
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45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice displays”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Some nice nature displays, interactive things for kids, hurricane tracking - pretty much what one expects from a National Park Center. Nice that you can book boat tours right there as well.

Visited January 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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205 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Take the 9:30 a.m. Friday birding trip”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

We took the 9:30 a.m. Friday birding trip on the boat (it only goes out once a week) and were accompanied by two park rangers who helped us spot and identify birds. On our trip, we say a pod of about 5 or 6 dolphins as well as a group of about 8 ospreys dive bombing for fish.

Visited January 2013
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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Edge of the Park”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

Staying nearby at Marco Island, this was the nearest entrance to Everglades National Park, at the farthest northwest corner of the park, whose main headquarters/entrance is nearer Miami (as we were told, "where the people are"!). Not knowing what was there, or what to expect, we actually drove past the entrance sign and continued on to one of the little islands (Chokoloskee). Back at the Vistor Center, we found a small but interesting display of some sea life information; we heard a park ranger speak about the history of the area (Calusa Indians); and signed up for a 90-minute boat tour of the mangrove islands and out to the Gulf.........actually quite interesting to us. We saw a variety of birds and dolphins.........always fun to watch! Though this was not a fabulous outing, it was fine with us..........a short drive from Marco Island or Naples, and a Florida experience that did not include the beach or shopping! If you appreciate the chance to spend any time in one of our great National Parks it's worth a stop. Hope we can visit again via the main entrance and visitor areas. This ranks somewhere between average and very good depending on your preferences. The little towns of Everglade City and Chokoloskee give you a view of "old Florida".

Visited January 2013
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New York, New York, United States
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent boat tours”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We took two boat tours through the National Park Visitor's Center--10,000 islands and Mangrove Wildnerness. The Mangrove Wilderness tour was particularly wonderful with a fantastic tour guide Ted who took six of us on a safari boat tour of the mangrove forest. We spotted over 50 birds and alligators and learned about the Everglades original inhabitants.

Visited December 2012
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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“small visitors center acting as a gateway for boat”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Visitors center is small, mostly serving to facilitate boat tours (available for purchase) as well as opportunities for canoeing or kayaking. Visitors center itself is not in the park, but boat tours go into the park. Boat tours are very interesting, however, there is not much else of interest.

Visited December 2012
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