Gulf Coast Visitor Center

A kayak and paddle on the beach with a small tree island in the background
A kayak beached at Gulf Coast Backcountry campsite

NPS Photo R. Cammauf

A Temporary Visitor Contact Station at Everglades National Park's Gulf Coast Entrance has opened in Everglades City!

Everglades National Park has opened a temporary visitor contact station at its Gulf Coast entrance in Everglades City!

Visitors should be prepared to bring their own water and be aware that the only restroom facilities on site are porta-potties and the restroom in the Boat Tours office. Concession services have partially resumed, including the daily Boat Tours out to the Ten Thousand Islands. Other concession services, including canoe rentals, are expected to resume soon. For any questions on boat tours, call Everglades National Park Boat Tours at (305) 695-0100.

The park's marine areas, including the Ten Thousand Islands are open. Visitors who want to camp in the backcountry must obtain a backcountry camping permit at the Gulf Coast visitor contact station, or at the Park's Flamingo Visitor Center on Florida Bay. Please visit the backcountry camping page for more information.

Boat Tours at Gulf Coast have Resumed Operation!

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.

Canoe rentals and the Mangrove Wilderness Tour are not available at this time.

A park ranger, pointing, leading visitors on a canoe trip
Gulf Coast Ranger Led Canoe Trip

NPS photo


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

Hours subject to change

  • 9:00AM to 4:30PM (Mid-April through Mid-November)

  • 8:00AM to 4:30PM (Mid-November through Mid-April)


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 are available. Canoe and Kayak rentals remain unavailable. Restrooms are available.

Restaurants, stores, lodging and campgrounds are located nearby.

Contact by Phone



Last updated: April 6, 2018

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Mailing Address:

40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034


(305) 242-7700

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