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“great spot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Billie Swamp Safari

Billie Swamp Safari
Big Cypress Indian Reservation, HC-61, Box 46, Clewiston, FL 33440
800-949-6101
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Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Clewiston
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Group tours/safari
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Billie Swamp Safari is located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. Swamp Buggy Eco-Tours and Airboat Rides depart daily through 2,200 acres of untamed Everglades with abundant native and exotic wildlife. Enjoy a Snake Show, Swamp Critter Show, reptile exhibits and animal exhibits. Free boardwalk nature trail. Full service Swamp Water Café opened daily 7am - 6pm. Stay overnight in an authentic Seminole Chickee on the water for two or dorm chickee for 8-12 guests. VIP Exclusive tours offered.
clewiston
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“great spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This was a nice beautiful place looking at all the wild life it realy nice the people there are great i would go back and bring mr friends and family thanks Staff of Billie Swamp for such a great place to vist

Visited January 2013
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Singer Island, Florida
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“Billy Swamp Safari”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Went with my daughter and her family, two boys 10 and 8 and a daughter 6. We also went with two other familys 20 in all. We were able to get a group discount having twenty with us.
We live in Northern Palm Beach county we had about a two hour easy drive down the turnpike then west on 595.
Very easy to find. Good signs.
We did the buggy ride first then lunch which was good in their restaurant. Went to critter show which was fun then the snake show which was a little long. This was followed by airboat ride.
Left the house at 9am and got home at 6pm.
Bathroom facilities were spotless.

Visited December 2012
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Tupper Lake
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“A Fun and Interesting Experience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Went to the Swamp Safari for the first time on 12/27. We always heard good things about the tours. The Airboat ride was great - wished it was a little longer than 20 minutes. The Swamp Buggie ride was outstanding!! Our driver/guide was Megan - she was excellent. Her knowledge regarding the various animals, plant life and the Everglades in general made the ride very interesting, entertaining while at the same time - very educational.

Visited December 2012
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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“Run down horrid place”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We had been to Billies about 4 years ago and were really happy with our experience. The restaurant was cozy and had great food. The waitresses were sweet and efficient. The critters on display were well taken care of and fun to look at. The gift shop had cute souvenirs and interesting books. We thought it was so great that we decided to go back with some friends from Europe. Wow, were we in for a surprise! We were greeted by two cashiers yelling across to each other about gang banging (yes, there were children present). We signed up for the swamp buggy ride and had an hour to kill, so we decided to take a look at the animals. The few animals that we could see were in awful cages that looked filthy and neglected. We then went into the restaurant, where we were not greeted at all. The food was overpriced but bearable. I was surprised by the water buffalo I could see in the swamp outside the restaurant. What are Asian water buffalo doing in the Florida everglades?!? Next we went to the swamp buggy ride. We saw lots of critters: cows, more water buffalo, ostriches, and some boar. You might actually expect to see some indigenous wildlife. Well, forget that! This certainly is not the place to enjoy the Everglades. We drove around the hammock and farmland for 45 minutes and then returned to the dock. Wow, what a huge disappointment! We paid $25 per person and felt completely ripped off. It is really sad what has become Billies. You should be ashamed of yourselves! I would never recommend it to anyone and will never visit it again.

Visited December 2012
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“The swamp buggie is amazing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

We did the swamp buggie and air boat ride at Billie's Swamp. I had never done either, but I would assume that there are a lot of air boat ride companies out there. That said, the airboat ride was awesome. We saw tons of gators (one even attacked a bird) and the guides are good at finding them. The swamp buggie is the real jewel and of a kind- the property is massive and full of exotic animals. The buggie goes places you otherwise would never see. It's a bumpy ride and rightfully so. A real awesome swamp experience.

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