Physical Address: 815 Oyster Bar Lane
Everglades City, Florida 34139
From Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail):
The Gulf Coast Visitor Center is located 5 miles south of Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail) on State Road 29, in Everglades City.
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.
Would you like to map out your directions?
Search for Everglades National Park, Gulf Coast Visitor Center on Google or MapQuest to get directions. Approximate GPS coordinates: 25°50'49.03" N 81°23'06.85" W
Hours of Operation
Current Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm daily Hours subject to change
9:00AM to 4:30PM (Mid-April through Mid-November)
8:00AM to 4:30PM (Mid-November through Mid-April)
A temporary Visitor Contact Station is in place until necessary repairs can be made to the Gulf Coast Visitor Center that was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in September of 2017. 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.
Temporary Visitor Contact Station
The visitor center offers educational displays, orientation films, informational brochures, and backcountry permits.
Boat Tours (Only Ten-Thousand Island Tours Available)
Boat tours of the Ten-Thousand Islands have resumed, departing from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City, FL. Tours operate every day, year-round. Boat tour tickets can be purchased in person at the temporary concessioner location at 905 S. Copeland Ave. Everglades City, FL 34139, or here. Tours leave from the Gulf Coast Marina, across the street from the concessioner, where parking is available to the public.
Kayak & Canoe Rentals
Everglades National Park Boat Tours is offering kayak and canoe rentals at this time.
The only restroom facilities on site are porta-potties and the restroom in the Boat Tours Office.
Restaurants, Stores, Lodging & Campgrounds
Located outside the park entrance in Everglades City. Visitors should be prepared to bring their own water and any snacks while at the Visitor Contact Station.