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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…
Top Choice Latin American in Everglades City & Chokoloskee Island

Havana Cafe

The Havana Cafe is famed far and wide for its deliciously prepared seafood served up with Latin accents. Lunch favorites include stone-crab enchiladas, blackened grouper with rice and beans, and a decadent Cuban san…
Top Choice Seafood in Everglades City & Chokoloskee Island

Camellia Street Grill

In a barnlike setting with fairy lights strung from the rafters and nautical doodads lining the walls, Camellia is an easygoing spot for a down-home seafood feast. Come before sunset to enjoy the pretty views from t…
Cafe in Everglades City & Chokoloskee Island

Sweet Mayberry's

The best cafe in town (not that there's much competition), Sweet Mayberry's is an easygoing charmer, with friendly staff whipping up breakfast bagels, tasty homemade wraps, decadent desserts (try the carrot cake) an…
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 …