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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 27 June 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 18 March 2018
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Reviewed 8 August 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 us through planning our visit to all of the Everglades NP, not just the Gulf Coast entrance. Best of luck to them as they rebuild!

1  Thank Erin A
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Reviewed 8 July 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 has recently been spotted. If you have a quest about the area it is a good place to stop.

Thank grantham353
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Reviewed 27 June 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 into a couple of larger portable buildings. Despite these setbacks, the staff was friendly and helpful. A family with small children came by 5 minutes before closing time, and the ranger went out of his way to invite them in, get junior ranger stuff for the kiddos, and show them different marine animal bones and skeletons. The exhibit area may have only been a small table, but I got to feel the weight of manatee rib and see firsthand the differences between crocodile and alligator skulls. Plus, I still got my all-important cancelation stamp for my national park passport!

1  Thank Kristen E
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Reviewed 28 May 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 land. We talked with a very nice Park representative who gave us some very good tips on what to see.

Don't go for the Visitor Center experience. But do go if you need some info.

1  Thank MikeB1952
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Reviewed 7 April 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 for our visit their information was invaluable to us getting the most out of our visit. Though the temporary visitor center imposes limitations, the best attraction has not been affected. I'm referencing the boat tour out to the 10,000 Islands area and to the edge of The Gulf. An extremely knowledgeable ranger narrated our tour and detailed both flora and fauna for us. We saw various birds as well as dolphins, some of whom played in the wake of the boat and also an unexpected sighting of a manatee, a special treat. Just getting out on the water and viewing the islands up close as well as looking back towards shore gave us a new perspective of the area. I would highly recommend considering this tour as the child, teen and we adults all enjoyed the experience.

1  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 5 April 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 don't go there thinking it's a visitor center or that it has hiking trails. It's only purpose is the boat tour.

Thank 8005travelbug
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Reviewed 31 March 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?

Thank the5hefels
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Reviewed 24 March 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 we saw dolphins and ospreys. When we got to the island, Andres led a walk around the island, pointing out various natural and man made sights on the island. After a break for lunch, we headed through some different channels through the islands before paddling back across the bay to the Visitor Center. The total trip was 4.5 hours and it was obvious the Andres and Richard really enjoyed giving this tour. The trip was moderately strenuous and I would recommend this trip for teens and older.

2  Thank James C
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Reviewed 18 March 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 town. We enjoyed eating at Camillas Street Grill for some excellent fresh seafood.

2  Thank heidim0rgan
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Reviewed 14 March 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.

Thank Jane D
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