We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Rte. 29, State Road 29, Everglades City, FL 34139
Phone Number:
+1 239-695-3311
08:00 - 16:30
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:30

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 197 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 63
  • 57
    Very good
  • 25
  • 10
  • 11
The other Everglades Visitor Center

Poe / Royal Palms and Shark Valley are the two main entrances to Everglades NP, but this one is right there with it's hand up trying to be recognized. I think people who don't... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Clemson, South Carolina
Add Photo Write a Review

197 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 166: English reviews
Clemson, South Carolina
Level Contributor
285 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Poe / Royal Palms and Shark Valley are the two main entrances to Everglades NP, but this one is right there with it's hand up trying to be recognized. I think people who don't want a boat tour shy away from here and, truthfully, other than boat tours, there isn't much reason to be here. But the mangrove boat tour... More 

Thank SCDad
Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
103 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed talking to the park ranger volunteers. They were very informative and answered all of our questions. Never felt rushed. There were some interesting displays.

Thank gshwesternpa
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to spend an hour or two and get immersed in the area's original state as well as the status today.

Thank Brent B
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Stop by and sign up for a boat trip - it is a great way to see Ten Thousand Islands. Wildlife was everywhere, from many pairs of dolphins, turtles, birds, etc.

1 Thank Lightenupfrancis17
Arlington, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
111 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I'm a big fan of national parks and I learn so much from my visits. We did the junior ranger badge program- watched a film, explored the exhibit and spoke with a park ranger. I agree with previous reviewers about the store downstairs, they were a bit pushy and tried to make me feel remorse about not taking the 10,000... More 

Thank Kat M
Level Contributor
237 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Planning on kayaking the Ten Thousand Islands you need to stop here. They a have all the latest information to make your trip a success. They also have nice displays about the history of the area as well as the wildlife. Don't confuse this with the concession on the first floor which is for boat tours. This visitor center is... More 

Thank Truckie351
Level Contributor
132 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

It's not the museum in town yet it worked. As everyone says, make sure to go upstairs. I found the staff very friendly and helpful. The public bathrooms were clean and large.

Thank joshaurora
Marysville, Washington
Level Contributor
77 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

This small, but interesting visitor center is an important place to stop if you are considering kayaking, canoeing, or boating the West Coast of Everglades National Park. The staff is a wealth of knowledge and good advice.

Thank bbrackin1
Karlsruhe, Germany
Level Contributor
37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

You can rent canoes and kayaks there or make a boat tour (ca. 90 minutes). There are two routes for canoes which lasts about 4 to 5 hours. We decided to rent a kayak (beginner level) but there was no introduction at all. The tide was not good for going out to the water, it started to get windy and... More 

Thank Silvia E
Holland, Michigan
Level Contributor
275 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

While the displays offered are informative and the rangers knowledgeable, it is very small and limited possibly due to the area it is in. Understand there are no walking/hiking trails to,speak of out of this location, but canoes and a launch ramp are available for those interested in being on the water. The partnership with a tourboat company on the... More 

Thank bikingfarmer

Travellers who viewed Gulf Coast Visitor Center also viewed

Everglades City, Southwest Gulf Coast
Everglades City, Southwest Gulf Coast
Everglades City, Southwest Gulf Coast
Everglades City, Southwest Gulf Coast

Been to Gulf Coast Visitor Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Gulf Coast Visitor Center and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Gulf Coast Visitor Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?