We were vacationing in Florida and unable to visit the Everglades because of the Government shutdown, so we drove to the Miccosukee reservation on US 41 (aka The Tamiami Trail) and purchased a ride on one of their air boats. It was early afternoon and we were the only passengers. We left the dock and the first 15 minutes were spent on the air boat driving through the national preserve until we reached an Indian village. Unfortunately, there was no one there because it was ‘off season’. After walking around for about 10-15 minutes we left and returned to the dock. The return ride took a little longer, about 20 minutes, when the driver took us through vegetation. Going through this natural habitat was a good adventure; we never did anything like this before. On the ride to the village and on the ride back we saw untouched native plants, birds and some Alligators. We were there on Oct 12th and the cost for the two of us was $32 which IMHO was pretty good. It was a very interesting ride through this part of the Big Cypress National Preserve.
If you’ve never done this, it could be interesting. We enjoyed it. I would recommend that you try going there ‘in season’ when the Miccosukee village is occupied; and if you want to take some good pictures on the air boat, do not sit in the first row - sit in the second row which offers better photographic opportunities. Finally, if you go, you might also consider having lunch in the Miccosukee restaurant, which is to the left of the parking lot when you enter. It’s not fancy, but the food was good. You can tell you’re on the Indian reservation when you see their flag - it has four horizontal colors: white, black, red and gold.
If you own or manage Miccosukee Indian Village, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.