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Gulf Coast Visitor Center
Reviewed 24 January 2012

Well thought out place, good staff, very informative, answered all questions.

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Reviewed 8 January 2012

We went on the inland boat tour. Saw alligators and a large variety of birds. We found it very informative and enjoyable.

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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Don't bother visiting with young children unless they are old enough to boat. There isn't anything to do here on land. This is a park on the water, literally. Pretty views from the desk of the visitor center and a small but interesting hands-on exhibit for children.

1  Thank HouseMother
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Reviewed 24 January 2011

We made a reservation at the Everglades Gulf Coast Visitor Center, following the instructions on their web site, and they lost our reservation. Despite a confirmed reservation number and a print out showing that we were charged for the tickets, we were unable to take the tour we signed up for. There was only one person at the desk with several other customers trying to buy gift items and arrange for other tours - miserable customer service. Disappointing.

1  Thank ComputerTravelGuy
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Reviewed 27 May 2008

This Visitors Center is at the Ranger Station of the Everglades National Park in Everglades City. Downstairs there is a gift store and is where you sign up for one of two boat trips - one that goes out to the 10,000 islands and one that goes upriver. Both seem to be about the same environment. Mangrove islands with many types of birds to see. The 10,000 island trip is more open water and you are more likely to see Dolphins. The upriver one may give you more chance to see manatees. Upriver trips carry 6 passengers and departs every 2 hours, and the island trip 26 and leaves once an hour on the half hour.

Our upriver trip had no bimini, so be warned to wear sunscreen and a hat. Mid-day trips can be very hot. The island trip was shaded. Both trips are $35 upriver -$26.50 per person island.

Upstairs at the visitors center is a great interactive room-sized museum. Plenty for people of all ages to enjoy. The park ranger was very knowledgeable and friendly. We spent over 45 minutes just scanning the room and the kids never got bored.

Even if you don't take a boat trip, check out the center for some interesting info about the animals around the park.

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