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“Boat tours are great!”

Gulf Coast Visitor Center
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“Boat tours are great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013 via mobile

While boat tours are run by a private concession, not the Park Rangers, they still provide excellent insight and information. We did both tours in one afternoon, first the Mangroves (WOW), then Ten thousand Islands. No alligators (Captain Bill said they had moved upstream for ned of freshwater and told us to find them at H.P.Williams boardwalk) but a Very close impression of estuary waters including, unavoidably, a few stings/bites from several of the 150 resident kinds of blood-loving insects.
On the second tour we had close encounters with dolphins swimming in the wake of our boat and managed to spot several island raccoons (thin creatures - no trashbins out there).
Highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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“helpful first visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

To be honest its nothing special but the employees are able to give some information if you are visiting the everglades for the first time. They sell maps which can be useful. A restroom can be welcome as well but please protect yourself against the hungry mosquitos!

Visited October 2012
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“Great Boat Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

We'd been on an airboat ride earlier in the day, and although liked the fun, we barely saw any wildlife due to the time of year. This boat tour was recommended afterwards and we were lucky enough to catch the last boat of the day. We chose the Inland tour which we'd been told was the best. Our captain was Zach and we were fortunate to have the boat to ourselves. Zach was great, pointing out lots of birds, dolphins and plants. We didn't feel rushed and Zach was happy to wait around for some dolphins to re-appear. I've done airboat rides a few times now, but this boat ride was much better. No loud noise, more time to spot nature, ask questions, and chat with your companions, plus we still got to be on a boat that got up to some speed! Good fun and well worth the $40 or so each.

Visited April 2013
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“Everglades National Park Boat Tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

We went on the Ten Thousand Islands Sunset cruise and had a great time. Wonderful scenery and informative commentary plus lots of wildlife. We encountered a pod of dolphins who were having a great time surfing in the wake of the boat. The captain turned the boat round so we (and they) could have a repeat experience. The tour was advertised at 90 minutes but, although the boat was far from full, there was no rush to get back to the dock. We ended up with a trip just short of two hours. One of the highlights of our trip to the Everglades and highly recommended. We would have booked for the Mangrove tour too but had to get to our next destination.

Visited February 2013
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“Glad to have a way into the Everglades from the west side”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

The Center sits right outside the park. The rangers are very helpful. This is a great starting point for day trips into the Everglades via the boat concession at the center which appears to be a private outfit affiliated with the park. We went on a fun mangrove tour with a terrific captain and just seven of us on the boat. There are also canoes and kayaks available.

Visited April 2013
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