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“Despite the Hurricane Irma hit, don't discount this attraction.”

Gulf Coast Visitor Center
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.

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.

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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.

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