Do the Seminoles
really wrestle alligators? They sure do. In fact one of
the former Seminole chiefs lost a finger several years ago when he
got a little careless with his opponent.
were pioneers in airboat rides through the Everglades, which are now
truly different, educational and enjoyable, visit the first stop on
our list, Billie Swamp Safari. Spend a night or a weekend.
Billie Swamp Safari Everglades Eco-Tours: Here's something truly different--an authentic Seminole village that
features a restaurant with traditional and American-style food, Seminole
crafts and the opportunity to stay the night in a
native-style thatched chickee.
The place is huge,
with 2,200 acres on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation that include
the Florida panther, antelope, bison and southern razorback hogs.
Swamp buggy eco-tours and airboat rides along with reptile and alligator
exhibits and shows. Nearby are the Big Cypress Campground
with RV and tent sites and cabins with A/C (800-437-4102).
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum with the country's largest display
in the life and culture of the Florida Seminoles. Tel. 800-949-6101
or 863-983-6101. Website: www.seminoletribe.com/
safari. Billie Swamp Safari is one of my personal
favorites and highly recommended.
Miccosukee Everglades Tours: The Miccosukee tribe operates the
Miccosukee Indian Village, which features wildlife shows, native crafts
and cooking and high-speed airboat tours through the Glades. The restaurant
features traditional Miccosukee foods and Everglades specialties.
Located 25 miles west west of the turnpike extension exit in Miami
on Hwy. 441. Open daily 9-5. Tel. 305-223-8380. Website:
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