Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Homestead & Florida City

Coral Castle

‘You will be seeing unusual accomplishment,’ reads the inscription on the rough-hewn quarried wall. That’s an understatement. There is no greater temple to all that is weird and wacky about South Florida. The legend…
Museum in Everglades City & Chokoloskee Island

Museum of the Everglades

This small museum, located in an old library, has some placards and information on the settlement of the Everglades – the focus is more concerned with the human history of the area than the natural environment. It’s…
Park in Tamiami Trail

Shark Valley

Shark Valley sounds like it should be the headquarters for the villain in a James Bond movie, but it is in fact a slice of National Park Service grounds heavy with informative signs and knowledgeable rangers. Shark …
Island in Everglades National Park

10,000 Islands

One of the best ways to experience the serenity of the Everglades - somehow desolate yet lush, tropical and foreboding - is by paddling the network of waterways that skirt the northwest portion of the park. The 10,0…
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…
Gallery in Big Cypress & Ochopee

Big Cypress Gallery

The highlight of many Everglades trips, 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 t…
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 Southern Everglades Highway

Royal Palm Visitor Center

Four miles past Ernest Coe Visitor Center, Royal Palm offers the easiest access to the Glades in these parts. Two trails, the Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo (the latter named for the gumbo-limbo tree, also known as the ‘to…
Park in Tamiami Trail

Miccosukee Village

Just across the road from Shark Valley, this ‘village’ is an informative open-air museum that showcases the culture of the Miccosukee via guided tours of traditional homes, a crafts gift store, dance and music perfo…
Park in Tamiami Trail

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve

The Fakahatchee Strand, besides having a fantastic name, also houses a 20-mile by 5-mile estuarine wetland that could have emerged directly out of the Jurassic Park franchise. A 2000ft boardwalk traverses this wet a…