815 Oyster Bar Lane
The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is located 5 miles south of Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail) on State Road 29, in Everglades City. The visitor center is on the right.
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.
Searching for Everglades National Park, Gulf Coast Visitor Center on Google will get directions. Approximate GPS coordinates: 25°50'49.03" N 81°23'06.85" W
Hours of Operation
Daily from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, year-round. During times of limited staffing, the visitor center may be closed for up to 30 minutes for staff lunch breaks.
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 accessible only by boat in this region. The original Gulf Coast Visitor Center was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in September of 2017. A temporary Visitor Contact Station is now open.
The visitor center offers educational displays, informational brochures, and wilderness permits.
Restrooms are located in the white trailer near the Visitor Center.
All local businesses are located outside the park entrance in Everglades City. Visitors should be prepared to bring their own water and any snacks while at the Visitor Center.
Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour
Last updated: May 23, 2021