Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

Gulf Coast Visitor Center

The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is located in Everglades City, in the northwest corner of the park, 5 miles south of Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail) on State Road 29. From Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley), take exit 80 (State Road 29) south and proceed 20 miles to Everglades City. Once in Everglades City, follow the signs to the park. The visitor center is on the right.

The Gulf Coast Visitor Center serves as the gateway for exploring the Ten Thousand Islands, a maze of mangrove islands and waterways that extends to Flamingo and Florida Bay. Boaters here can view birds, dolphins, manatees and other wildlife as they travel the waters.

The visitor center offers educational displays, orientation films, informational brochures and backcountry permits. Restrooms are available, and restaurants, stores, lodging and campgrounds are located nearby.

A narrated boat trip provides an overall description of this saltwater ecosystem.

Visitors may rent canoes to explore Chokoloskee Bay and the Turner River. For the more adventurous, the 99-mile (159 km) Wilderness Waterway, accessible by canoe, kayak, or small motorboat, winds through the mangrove islands all the way to Flamingo. Backcountry permits are required for camping.

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hours subject to change

Contact: (239) 695-3311