Florida is really long. It takes about 8 hours and 549 miles to get from the Florida-Georgia line to Key West. When you are traveling with kids, that equals about 500 times you will hear “Are we there yet?” Some travelers want to sightsee down the Sunshine State getting to know the “Real Florida” while others are just looking for a point of interest that is not a “tourist trap.”
The Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation is a great midway stop. It is situated about 40 miles south of Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston. It is an easy trek from the major highways.
Big Cypress is one of the six Indian reservations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Besides the excitement of visiting a real “Rez,” the Seminoles offer so many fun and educational things to do. All within a four-mile radius you could visit the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Billie Swamp Safari, Swamp Water Café, Big Cypress RV Park & Campground, Junior Cypress Rodeo Arena, a gas station, cafés and roadside craft stores.
It is really easy to get here. First you are going to “get off the beaten path” and take a “road less traveled.”
From I-75, Jennings on the Florida/Georgia line:
Take 1-75 south 192 miles to US-27, follow US-27 112 miles to Co Rd 833. Travel down Co Rd 833 44 miles into the Seminole Indian Reservation. [Google Map]
From 1-95, Jacksonville:
Take 1-95 south 261 miles to FL-70 / Okeechobee Rd. Continue on FL-70, take FL-78 to Co Rd 833 for 121 miles. [Google Map]
Be warned, a lot of GPS’s will take you to the wrong place so make sure you are headed to West Boundary Road and Josie Billie Highway in Clewiston. The hours to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Big Cypress RV Resort & Campground, Billie Swamp Safari are 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Swamp Water Café 7 a.m.– 6 p.m. seven days a week. The gas station is usually closed on the weekend so be sure to fill up on your way. The Big Cypress RV Park & Campground closes at 5 p.m., but no fear, just call ahead and they will have everything ready for you upon your arrival.
For more information about things to do in the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation read The Best Road Trips and Hidden Gems: Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, and go to floridaseminoletourism.com for great seasonal events and coupons.
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