Gulf Coast Visitor Center

Temporary Gulf Coast Visitor Center
Temporary Visitor Contact Station at Gulf Coast

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Physical Address:

815 Oyster Bar Lane
Everglades City, Florida 34139
(239) 695-3311

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

Visitor Center Desk
Gulf Coast Visitor Center Desk

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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
Our 10,000 Islands tour departs daily from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in beautiful Everglades City, FL. This 90-minute excursion ventures across Chokoloskee Bay, into Indian Key Pass, and through the mangrove islands of Everglades National Park. Prices, hours, and reservations can be found online or by calling Everglades Florida Adventures at (855) 793-5542.

Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Prices, information, and reservations can be found online.


The National Park Service has awarded a 1-year temporary concessions contract to provide interpretive boat tours and equipment rentals at Everglades National Park's Gulf Coast. Guest Services Incorporated will provide narrated interpretive boat tours, departing from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, four times daily; there will be six daily tours beginning in mid-December. Additionally, the concessioner is authorized under the temporary contract to provide small boat tours, retail sales, equipment rentals (canoes, kayaks, camping equipment), guided canoe or kayak excursions, and a water shuttle between Flamingo and the Gulf Coast Visitor Center.

There is a $21 administrative fee and an additional $2 per person, per night use fee for wilderness permits. The costs will apply for advanced reservations and walk-up permits year-round. A credit card is needed for both online and in-person permit reservations.

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Last updated: May 23, 2021

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40001 State Road 9336
Homestead , FL 33034


305 242-7700

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