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“Buffalo Tiger airboats the highlight!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Miccosukee Indian Village

Miccosukee Indian Village
Mile Marker 70, US Hwy 41 Tamiami Trail, Tamiami, FL 33144
305-552-8365
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Tamiami
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Art Museums, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This surviving village of the Miccosukee Tribe is located 27 miles west of Miami on the Tamiami Trail.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Buffalo Tiger airboats the highlight!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Stopped at the Miccosukee Restaurant and had frog legs so fresh they were still jumping! The "village museum" is more a short walk-through but then there is a giant pit of alligators. The highlight, though, was Buffalo Tiger airboat rides. There are many on that road but this one is worth the extra 5 minutes to find it. They were professional, on time and best of all, our guide, Ernie was so knowledgeable and comfortable in the environment, he could call the alligators and they would come. The old one at the end, though, still gives me shivers. I am surprised he still has all his fingers (Ernie, that is)!!!

Visited April 2013
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Naples, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Airboat Ride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I have been on this trip more than once with different friends. I've found a range of satisfaction depending on the person acting as guide. Although the ride takes you to a replica of a Miccosukee camp, know that your guide is not a member of the Miccosukee tribe or even a Native American. That being said, there are some guides who are very knowledgeable and skilled in presenting the story of the Miccosukee and others who need to learn the story and also be taught how to present it to the public. Elvis is one guide who has obviously made knowing the history of the Miccosukee and their family/clan way of life a priority. He easily shares that along with the story of their struggle to survive in the Everglades environment and also the points out the continuing respect the Miccosukee have for every living thing.

Visited January 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Wonderful Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Although we have lived in South Florida for almost 50 years, we had never been to the Village
until recently when our Colorado granddaugters (ages eight and nine) were here visiting.
We expected the worst: long lines, hokey exhibits and "shows," typical mediocre-to-bad food, and expensive, phony trinkets for sale. Quite to the contrary, however, we found a highly attractive and super-clean complex; a wonderful airboat ride; a clever and educational performance in the alligator pit; a museum full of wonderful history, including in particular the
many black and white historical photos of Miccosukee chiefs, children, and families; and even a pretty good restaurant and interesting store selling various authentic trinkets.
I highly recommend this visit for children of all ages!
Phil S., Fort Lauderdale

Visited April 2013
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“Worth a stop”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Not the greatest place in the world, and rather far... But if you crave good fry bread, gator, frog legs and cat fish, its quite good all prepared by authentic....Cuban refugees working for the Native Americans'! LOL. The festival is probably best time to go, otherwise its just another sleepy little town that just happens to be mostly Native Americans. Worth a visit for festival times.

Visited July 2012
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“major tourist trap”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

interesting, but a major tourist trap.long way to go for it,but if you are going to Naples.lots of other places to go in miami

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