florida panther national wildlife refuge
the florida panther national wildlife refuge is located about 12 miles north of everglades city on CR 29. the refuge is located in the big cypress swamp. they have walking trails were you may sight the rare florida panther. the big cypress swamp has a different ecosystem than the everglades area around everglades city. the gulf coast everglades is a salt water ecosystem and the big cypress swamp is a fresh water ecosystem.
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
Built and founded in 1906 on Chokoloskee Island by C.S. Ted Smallwood - A pioneer in Collier County. The building served as a store, a post office, and Indian trading Post. Ted remained postmaster until his retirement in 1941. His business was with early settlers and Seminole Indians. Road access came to the island in 1955. The store was placed on the National Register of historic places in 1974. Restoration of the store as a museum was started in 1990 by the Nonprofit.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
a short drive
Fairly close to Speedy Johnson's is a dirt road drive with up close views of alligators (if you didn't get enough on the airboats)..one right after the other. Be careful... they're right on the side of the road and probably hidden in the weeds. I recommend letting the kids watch from the car window.
Ask any of the locals and I'm certain they can easily direct you to this area. It's far superior for alligator viewing than alligator alley.
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve...
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and Preserve.
The Preserve comprises over 80,000 acres of land of the Big Cypress Swamp and is about 15 miles long and five miles wide, bordering US 41, 1-75 and SR 29. The Fakahatchee Strand is the largest cypress strand in the world and its sough is the deepest in the greater Everglades.
Miccosukee Indian VilliageYou...
Miccosukee Indian VilliageYou can see craft demonstrations and some rather uninspiring alligator wrestling. The Miccosukee have lived in isolation here since the time of the Seminole wars but fewer than 100 were left when the US goverment recognized the tribe in 1962. Now there are over 500.