Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Everglades City & Chokoloskee Island

Museum of the Everglades

For a break from the outdoors, don't miss this small museum run by kindhearted volunteers who have a wealth of knowledge on the region's history. Located in the town's former laundry house, the collection delves int…
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 City & Chokoloskee Island

10,000 Islands

One of the best ways to experience the serenity of the Everglades – somehow desolate yet lush, tropical and forbidding – 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…
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…
Museum in Tamiami Trail

Miccosukee Indian Village

Just west of the turnoff to Shark Valley, this ‘Indian 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 mu…
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…
Museum in Everglades City & Chokoloskee Island

Smallwood Store

Perched on piers overlooking Chokoloskee Bay, this wooden building dates back to 1906, when a pioneer by the name of Ted Smallwood opened his rustic trading post, post office and general store. The wooden shelves ar…
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…