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Adventure Through Florida's Everglades

An airboat guide just outside of Everglades City.

Photo: Blasius Erlinger

On this journey through America's largest wetlands, rediscover a wild terrain filled with mangroves, crab shacks, and 12-foot alligators. Read the article

Inspired by: Exploring Florida's Everglades — by Tom Austin, Published Sep. 2010

Hotels (3)

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    Seminole Inn

    A half-hour drive from Lake Okeechobee, the 80-year-old Iris Wall runs the curious Seminole Inn and a nearby ranch with cattle, horses, and a resta

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    Rod & Gun Club

    The 1864 property is still the hotel that time and tourism forgot. It's an Everglades remake of The Shining with hanging alligator skins, stuffed b

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    Ivey House Bed & Breakfast

    Ivey House hotel has a modern, eco-lodge vibe with a membership to the Society for Ethical Ecotourism. Opt for one of the en suite rooms in the mai

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    City Seafood Café & Market

    The working dock of City Seafood is still authentic and funky as hell, filled with patrons chucking the shells of just-eaten stone crabs into the w

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    Camellia Street Grill

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    Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe

    On the Big Cypress preserve, Joanie Griffin is known for gator steaks and other rustic staples served at her ornament-crammed eatery.

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Activities (4)

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    Swamp Buggy Races

    Swamp buggies are cheap, jury-rigged affairs of old truck parts and giant tractor tires that have been used for hunting for years. On the racing ci

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    Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

    Throughout the year, biologist Mike Owen conducts guided swamp walks through a 20-mile-long slough filled with a million bald cypress trees, 7,000

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    Big Cypress National Preserve

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    Everglades National Park

    A place full of adventure, the Everglades National Park boasts 2,400 square miles of diverse natural habitats, constituting the largest subtropical

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