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Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Rte. 29, State Road 29, Everglades City, FL 34139
+1 239-695-3311
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Main building was Irma’d

Ranger station, gift shop, bathrooms were damaged by Irma. So main building is closed. Plenty of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
MaryandBobontheroad
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Stopped by Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Not open because of Irma, but a temp trailer is in place. The staff in the trailer were very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bud L
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Rte. 29, State Road 29, Everglades City, FL 34139
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"park ranger"
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"boat tour"
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"interesting displays"
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"junior ranger badge"
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"shop downstairs"
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"ranger talks"
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"ten thousand islands"
in 11 reviews
"see dolphins"
in 6 reviews
"shark valley"
in 5 reviews
"park service"
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"white pelicans"
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"a lot of fun"
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"visitors"
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"information"
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"concession"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ranger station, gift shop, bathrooms were damaged by Irma. So main building is closed. Plenty of parking. Temp trailer in place for the time being. Plenty of portajohns.

Thank MaryandBobontheroad
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not open because of Irma, but a temp trailer is in place. The staff in the trailer were very friendly and helpful.

Thank Bud L
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Fully functional but still recovering from Hurricane Irma. 1.5 hour boat ride out to the Gulf was pleasant. Saw many dolphins. Captain Mike was very pleasant and shared a lot of interesting information. National Park Rangers were very helpful and friendly and were also a...More

Thank Whitney S
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

The visitor center is a good place for information on boat tours. Be wary of alligators wandering the boat ramps and parking lots.

Thank Cavydad
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Compared to other ranger stations the advice was a bit lacklustre. Boat trips downstairs are separate but beware, no refunds even if weather is awful and, as in our case, an official advisory for boats our size not to go out. Captain was downright rude...More

Thank Rowena E
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

We enjoyed wandering around the visitor center while waiting for our boat tour. They had interesting exhibits and my younger son completed the junior ranger badge program. The park ranger was very informative and very helpful! Glad we stopped by!

Thank Gil L
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

We had a blast at the Gulf coast center! We got to do two different type of rides, one was the manatee watch, which was extremely nice! We saw so many dolphins and a couple of manatees. It was a nice view and our captains...More

1  Thank Nora F
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

You have a choice of "bigger" boats or a smaller 6 seater version. They do different types of trips but the smaller boats can get in where others can't so I took this version and was the only one on board so it really was...More

Thank Sandy H
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

We booked a mangrove tour and were fortunate to a) be the only two on the boat (so we had our own private tour) and b) have Captain DeWayne as our guide. We passed Osprey nests with fledglings eating fish that their parents had just...More

2  Thank Janice B
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

Bathrooms were very clean and with flush toilets and running water. Easy launch area for kayaks, with little power boat traffic in the area.

Thank BrewsMom
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Michael P
10 January 2017|
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Response from Hthr8 |
According to their website yes for the permits. Just search 10,000 Islands.
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vespadue
26 December 2014|
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Response from TraceyOC | Reviewed this property |
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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