Billie Swamp Safari is an up-close-and-personal view of the Seminole Indians' 2,200-acre Big Cypress Reservation. There are daily tours into reservation wetlands, hardwood hammocks, and areas where wildlife (seemingly strategically placed deer, water buffalo, bison, wild hogs, ornery ostriches, rare birds, and alligators) reside. Tours are provided aboard swamp buggies, customized motorized vehicles specially designed to provide visitors with an elevated view of the frontier while they comfortably ride through the wetlands and cypress heads. The more adventurous may want to take a fast-moving airboat ride or trek a nature trail. Airboat rides run about 20 minutes, while swamp-buggy tours last about an hour. A stop at an alligator farm reeks of Disney, but the kids won't care. You can stay overnight in a native Tiki hut for $35 per night if you're really looking to immerse yourself in the culture.
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- Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, 1.5 hr. drive west of Fort Lauderdale
- Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
- Daily 8:30am-6pm. Airboats depart every 30 min. from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Swamp-buggy tours leave on the hour between 10am and 5pm. Reptile and Critter Shows daily
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