Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Severe damage to the lower level of the Gulf Coast Visitor Center
Damage the the Visitor Center from nearly nine feet of storm surge.

NPS photo - S. Cotrell

The Gulf Coast Visitor Center remains closed however the grounds and canoe launch are open.

The park's marine areas, including the Ten Thousand Islands are open. Backcountry permits are not being issued but camping is allowed on a first come first serve basis at the Gulf Coast beach sites. Please visit the backcountry camping page for more information.

We are working on having temporary visitor facilities for the upcoming winter season.

Boat Tours at the Gulf Coast are Suspended.
Due to damage cause by the hurricane, concessions boat tours will be suspended until further notice. Accordingly, Everglades National Park Boat Tours, is issuing refunds to visitors who have already purchased tickets. To obtain a refund, please email your request - and a copy of your purchase confirmation - to We look forward to having tours resume soon.

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Gulf Coast Visitor Center

NPS photo J Roark


Directions to the Gulf Coast Visitor Center
815 Oyster Bar Lane.
Everglades City, Florida 34139

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.

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Approximate GPS coordinates: 25°50'49.03" N 81°23'06.85" W

Hours of Operation
9:00 am to 4:30 pm mid April- mid November
8:00 am to 4:30 pm mid November - mid April
Hours subject to change. Contact by Phone: 239-695-3311

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 visitor center offers educational displays, orientation films, informational brochures, and backcountry permits.

Boat tours and canoe rentals are available.
Restrooms are available.

Restaurants, stores, lodging and campgrounds are located nearby.


Last updated: December 1, 2017

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Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034


(305) 242-7700

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