What To Do In The Everglades

Everglades City – Chokoloskee And Beyond

Everglades City is a small community with less then 600 very proud permanent residents. The stores and restaurants here are all family owned and operated which makes them unique. Each of the restaurants have their own specialties you’ll want to try during your visit. This is a Foodie’s Paradise! Some of our restaurants are closed during the Summer months…..we’ll always let you know what your options are.

 

Great Food

  • Camellia Street Grill *BEST DINNER – Blackened Shrimp Tacos and Terri’s Fried Green Tomatoes.
  • Havana Cafe *BEST LUNCH – This is a restaurant that feels like a home. Try Carlos’ Famous Shrimp Plate.
  • Grimm’s Stone Crab *BEST STONE CRAB – I’ts a year round Seafood Market. Ask Justin for the family’s mustard sauce **STONE CRAB SEASON OCT 15TH – MAY 1ST**
  • Hole In The Wall Pizza *BEST QUICK BITE – Look for the mural of old Ed Watson pointing the way.
  • Island Cafe *BEST BREAKFAST – Fish & Grits or Carol’s Biscuits & Gravy.
  • Triad Seafood *BEST BBQ – Don’t leave town without trying Orlo’s BBQ Ribs.
  • Rod & Gun Club *BEST VIEW – Relax and watch the boats come in during your meal. Taylor & Patty will make sure you’re taken care of.
  • City Seafood *BEST BOATING STOP – Dock Space & Good Food…Candice will hook you up.
  • Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe *BEST ROADSIDE STOP – This Place Is Legendary! Crab Cakes and Joanie’s Key Lime Pie….ask Deb to show you their resident Alligator out back!
  • Right Choice Supermarket *Get your groceries and other necessities here. Next to Tour The Glades Headquarters.

Boardwalk & Hiking Trails

Local History & Roadside Stops

  • HP Williams Wayside Park *Great place to spot Alligators. Observation Deck & Picnic Tables
  • Miccosukee Indian Village *Restaurant, Village & Gift Shop are cool….but stop to learn the history of the tribe.
  • Ted Smallwood Store *This place is like a time capsule. If you lived here 100+ years ago this is where you shopped.
  • Marco Island Museum *You must see their Calusa Indian Village…the original inhabitants of the Everglades.
  • The Clyde Butcher Gallery *They call Clyde the Ansel Adams of the Everglades. Check out the nature trail out back.
  • The Skunk Ape Research Center *Bigfoot has a hairy cousin here in Florida! They also have the most extensive Orchid collection in the Everglades.
  • Museum of the Everglades *A great historic timeline of Everglades City and our early settlers.
  • Shark Valley *Take the Ranger led tram ride to the observation tower overlooking the glades.

Wilderness Drives

State & National Park Visitors Centers

Hotels, Little Roadside Stops & Good Restaurants along the Loop

Many of our guests are visiting multiple places in Florida during their stay, this is known as “The Loop”. The Loop consists of Orlando, Miami & The Keys, The Everglades and any of the beautiful West Coast destinations. Sanibel & Captiva Islands, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, etc. Even if you’re not doing the entire loop you’ll want to check out some of our Favorite Places to stay & things to do along the way.

Tampa / St Petersburg Area

Key Largo – Marathon – Islamorada – Key West

Cape Canaveral / Orlando Area

Sanibel & Captiva Islands

Ft. Lauderdale / Miami Beach Area

Naples / Ft Myers Beach Area

The Freshwater Springs of Central Florida