Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, Everglades National Park: Hours, Address, Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center

Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7 284 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
You definitely want to stop in here and talk with the ranger if you've never been to this part of the Everglades. Get the layout of what to see and do in this national park. Restroom avaliable.
Written 26 June 2022
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JezGateshead
Gateshead, UK140 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Called in here on our day trip from Homestead the ranger was very helpful telling us the best walks to complete.

The trip to the National Park was well worth it to see real wildlife
Written 22 May 2022
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Rob S
Boise, ID594 contributions
Dec 2021
This visitor center had a lot of good introductory information about the Everglades. Definitely stop here to learn instead of Royal Palm.
Written 23 December 2021
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TrailTrekker15
Tallahassee, FL3 796 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
I stopped into the Ernest Coe Visitor Center before heading down to Flamingo. I’m glad I did! The ranger on duty let me know that several sites were closed either for the season or other reasons. I was able to plan out several spots to head toward. The gift shop had a good amount of books and souvenirs. There is also a small museum with some of the natural features discussed as well as local history including the Nike Missile Base. This is definitely where you want to start any trip into Everglades National Park.
Written 1 August 2021
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FamilyinFL
Newberry91 contributions
May 2021
We stopped off here to use the bathroom and check out the gift shop before entering the park. The visitor center and bathrooms are definitely a little run down and the exhibit area is completely closed off. Gift shop is also pretty tiny.

That being said, we had a nice chat with one of the rangers who was outside under an informative pavilion with maps, brochures, etc. We had planned to do Pa-Hay-Okee Overlook, but he recommended we also do the Anhinga Trail. He was very friendly and helpful. His recommendation of the Anhinga Trail was great - if we hadn't stopped there, we wouldn't have seen the many birds, turtles (including a huge Florida softshell turtle), and of course, the famous Everglades alligators! We stopped at Pa-Hay-Okee Overlook as well, which was dry due to lack of rain, but had some interesting pine and cypress stands and a vast prairie area.

Even though the visitors center isn't much to see, we were happy we stopped there and talked to the ranger. He gave us some great info, and his recommendation of the Anhinga Trail was spot-on for seeing "classic" Everglades wildlife.
Written 28 May 2021
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Biff Simpson
Wilbraham, MA917 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Nice building, but most of the displays were inoperative or roped off. Gift shop was open and there was a friendly ranger. Absolutely no brochure racks
Written 28 April 2021
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Glenda C
Jones, OK129 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
I realize that many things are still closed due to COVID restrictions, but the visitor center offered very little in the way of souvenirs, books, etc. The bathrooms were nice and clean.
Written 17 April 2021
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klcorkins
Racine, WI123 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
I was thankful this was open due to COVID. We were able to get the stamp for our kids passport books & buy a plate for their walking sticks. The gift shop is the only thing open in the visitors center, but that was all we needed!
Written 10 April 2021
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PAboyinFL
Ocala, FL1 132 contributions
Mar 2021
Due to covid, there is a station outside where a ranger will give you a map and information. The gift shop is open, but that is all. There is a pond behind the building with fish and maybe an occasional gator. The restrooms are open, so it is a good stop before heading off onto the roads in the park.

You do not need to pay a park entrance fee to get to this visitor center. The booth for that is just up the park's main road beyond the visitor center.
Written 24 March 2021
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snpkelley
Uniontown, OH407 contributions
Mar 2021
The gift shop was small with a small selection of gifts. The souvenirs were nice but I was disappointed to not find shot glasses. Most park rangers were nice, but there was one older woman who was very rude and refused to take a group photo because we were not wearing masks (in a state with no mask mandate and we were outside).
Written 17 March 2021
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