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Museum in Big Cypress & Ochopee

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum

If you want to learn about Florida’s Native Americans, come to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum, 17 miles north of I-75. All of the excellent educational exhibits on Seminole life, history and the tribe toda…
Park in Big Cypress & Ochopee

Big Cypress National Preserve

The 1139-sq-mile Big Cypress Preserve (named for the size of the park, not its trees) is the result of a compromise between environmentalists, cattle ranchers and oil-and-gas explorers. The area is integral to the E…
Park in Big Cypress & Ochopee

Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

This only-in-Florida roadside attraction is dedicated to tracking down southeastern USA’s version of Bigfoot, the eponymous Skunk Ape (a large gorilla-man who supposedly stinks to high heaven). We never saw a Skunk …
Gallery in Big Cypress & Ochopee

Big Cypress Gallery

This gallery showcases the work of Clyde Butcher, an American photographer who follows in the great tradition of Ansel Adams. His large-format black-and-white images elevate the swamps to a higher level. Butcher has…
American in Big Cypress & Ochopee

Joanie’s Blue Crab Café

This quintessential shack, east of Ochopee, with open rafters, shellacked picnic tables and alligator kitsch, serves filling food of the ‘fried everything’ variety on paper plates. Crab cakes are the thing to order.…
Village in Big Cypress & Ochopee

Ochopee

Drive to the hamlet of Ochopee (population about four)…no…wait…turn around, you missed it! Then pull over and break out the cameras: Ochopee’s claim to fame is the country’s smallest post office. It’s housed in a fo…
Nature Reserve in Big Cypress & Ochopee

Kirby Storter Roadside Park

Though short in size (1 mile total out and back) this elevated boardwalk leads to a lovely overlook where you can often see a variety of birdlife (ibis and red-shouldered hawks) amid tall cypresses and strangler fig…