Big Cypress Seminole Reservation: How to get there, what to do, where to stay

October 20, 2011
Getting There

American Airlines offers nonstop flights from all three Washington area airports to Miami, with fares starting at $210 round trip. The Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation is about 85 miles northwest, off Interstate 75 north. US Airways flies nonstop from Reagan National to Fort Lauderdale, about 70 miles from the reservation, from $157 round trip.

Where to Stay

Billie Swamp Safari

30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston, Fla.

800-GO-SAFARI (467-2327)

Sleep in a traditional chickee in the Everglades. Bring a towel, a flashlight and bug spray. Nightly rate is $40 per hut; $50 for a waterfront location; $60 for a waterfront deck.

Where to Eat

Swamp Water Cafe

The restaurant at Billie Swamp Safari serves new and Native American cuisine, such as fried bread stuffed with ground beef and a sampler platter of frogs’ legs, catfish and gator tail, from $5.75.

What to Do

Billie Swamp Safari

The park offers a range of activities — airboat rides, swamp buggy eco-tours, animal shows, etc. — by day or night. Packages from $50 per adult.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

34725 W. Boundary Rd., Clewiston


Learn about the traditions and history of the Florida Seminoles, and explore a cypress dome via a mile-long boardwalk. Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $9.


Andrea Sachs (not the one who wears Prada) has been writing for Travel since 2000. She travels near (Ellicott City, Jersey Shore) and far (Burma, Namibia, Russia), and finds adventure no matter the mileage. She is all packed for the Moon or North Korea, whichever opens first.
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