Driving to the Everglades from Miami
Michelle and I spent the 4th of July visiting the Florida Everglades. We had been hearing rumors of a $10 airboat ride and wanted to see for ourselves if it was true.
The drive was fun and we snapped some pics of our trip along the way.
It’s funny, even though the Everglades are only 25 miles from Miami Beach, and you can drive there and back in 75 minutes, going there was like taking a road trip.
Driving down US-41 is like stepping back in time, seeing what Florida was like 50 years ago. There are not so many places nearby that can give you this feeling.
I’m sure part of it has to do with driving onto an Indian Reservation.
But driving into the Florida Everglades also conjures up memories from the movie “Porkey’s” when the boys venture across the county line into Porkey’s County.
Whatever the reason, a drive from Miami to the Everglads should not be missed. Here is how to get there…
Directions from Miami:
You will know that you are close, when you cross the KROME AVE. intersection and see Miccosukee Casino on your right.
For me, the lure of these places has much to do with their billboards and exotic signage. Keep your eyes open for names like: Everglades Safari, Coopertown, Indian Village, and Gator Park. They will all try and tempt you.
If you do make your way out here, don’t miss the opportunity to hop on an airboat and get out into the middle of the swamp. This region of South Florida is beautiful to see and get close to.
It was interesting to learn how diverse each different area of the region is from one another.
We also learned most of the Everglades is actually not a swap, but a slow moving river that empties into the Florida Bay.
Most of the animals in the region are nocturnal, and use the shallow waterways as a means to navigate during the night. Ahh, that’s a Disney Pixar movie for sure. I predict it opening in the summer of 2011.
We did find the $10 airboat ride, but Michelle planned ahead and purchased $16 Gator Park tickets instead. Gator Park’s 40 minute airboat tour and 30 minute wildlife show were worth it.
We chose to eat on the way back. We had a good early dinner at Bonefish Grill for under $50. I was happy to see a $14 NY steak on the menu; that right there is reason enough to make the drive.
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