Key Largo and South Florida News


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6/14/2019 Press Release

Boat Tours Resume from Gulf Coast Visitor Center at Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is pleased to announce that boat tours will resume from the park’s Gulf Coast Visitor Center on July 1, 2019. The National Park Service has awarded a temporary contract to Guest Services, Inc (GSI). The one-year contract has been issued through June 30, 2020.
GSI will provide narrated interpretive boat tours, departing from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, four times daily. Beginning in mid-December, GSI will increase to six daily tours for the winter season. Additionally, the concessioner is authorized under the temporary contract to provide small boat tours, retail sales, equipment rentals (canoes, kayaks, camping equipment), and guided canoe or kayak excursions.
“We are so pleased that Guest Services will be providing this service for our visitors over the next year,” said Superintendent Pedro Ramos. “Exploring this area of the park by boat is a great way to experience the mangrove estuary that is such a vital part of Everglades National Park.”
Later this summer, the National Park Service intends to announce a business opportunity for a 10-year concession contract to provide the boat tour and affiliated services at Everglades National Park’s Gulf Coast location.
A subsidiary of GSI, Everglades Guest Services, Inc., holds a 20-year concession contract for operations of the Long Pine Key Campground and the Flamingo Marina and Campground in Everglades National Park.
More information is available on the park’s website at:

About Guest Services, Inc:
Guest Services supplies hospitality management services across a wide variety of client sites including government and business dining facilities, museums, hotels, resorts, conference centers, luxury condominiums, senior living centers, health care systems, state and national parks, school and university dining facilities, specialty retail stores, and full-service restaurants.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit Everglades National Park online or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr.