My disappointment was very high when I left Billy Swamp.
The place itself is clean and very well maintained but the people are TERRIBLE.
They really don’t care about you. No service, no smile at the restaurant and tense relations between staff led me to spend 30 minutes instead of 2 hours.
Honestly, driving an hour from Fort Lauderdale to get into this is a non sense.
I went there because I thought that I would be more in touch with the natives and the nature but it was a terrible mistake.
Avoid Billy and his Safari and just go to any touristic place around Fort Lauderdale at least people will be friendlier.
Went to Billy's Swamp in the northern Everglades on May 15th, 2004. It was 20 miles north off from I-75. Only a 2 lane road, but paved.Got to take the airboat ,seeing alligators in the swamp and alligators fenced in on the property, all for only $12.- a person. Definately ride on the airboat. Was fun. Restaurant was nice too for being so far out of the way. Airconditoned.About 1 1/2 hrs from Boca Raton and Naples. Just wish I didn't lose $90.- cash in the bathroom.
Unique Suggestions: Airboat a must for only $12.00 a person. Give yourself plenty of time to get there, speed limit is 45 MPH for the entire 20 miles.
Look into the canal on the side, we saw an alligator peeking out of the water. Wouldn't want to drive into the canal by accident.
Fun Alternatives: The Gulf Beaches from Ft. Myers to St. Petersburg Beach, very nice, no rough tides like the Atlantic. Nice blue water and soft white sand. 4 people died last week in the Miami area,swimming in rough tides. We live in Colorado, but love the Beaches in Florida, over Mexico or Hawaii, where it's too rough to swim.
I would not visit Florida in June, July and August, too much humidity then, like 90% humidity. In May it was around 70% humidity, 88 degrees every day. But in May and September you have to put up with the Florida "Love Bugs", they mate in the air, and get on everything, your clothes, especially white and light colors, into your car grill, it's a mess, and annoying. Did not see them in Seaworld or Epcot, they must spray or something?
Billy Swamp Safari.We drove 40 minutes into the Everglades to visit Billy's Seminole Swamp Safari.If you go you too can see real live African beasts ,take a nature walk that never ends ,or a tour through the jungle to see some swamp water and a chicki hut.It does have a nice but small Seminole museum ,but the gators on the side of the road there, were more exciting! Smelly SWAMP Tour This guy wasn't there when we went!!