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Things to do from Ft Myers to Ft Lauderdale?

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Things to do from Ft Myers to Ft Lauderdale?

We are going by car from Ft Myers to Key largo in a couple o weeks is there any thing to do or see on the way through the Eveglades?

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1. Re: Things to do from Ft Myers to Ft Lauderdale?

There's a good article on the Everglades, and Fakahatchee Strand in particular, on CNN.com's website in the travel section (cnn.com/2008/…index.html).

Before you go, I suggest reading Marjory Stoneman Douglas's book "Everglades: River of Grass". It'll give you a good history of the Everglades and the state of Florida. See www.evergladesonline.com for more info. on the area.

Be sure to stop at the Clyde Butcher photographic gallery (www.clydebutcher.com) in Ochopee, FL (Everglades). It's on the Tamiami Trail, 47 miles east of Naples, and 35 miles west of Miami. One half mile west of the gallery is the Big Cypress National Preserve Oasis Visitor Center.

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If you take old highway 41 across the state, you can see some rustic Everglades scenery, but of course, the driving is a little slower than it would be on Interstate 75.

I've done the drive on 41 a few times. Once, we took a detour and drove on the Loop Road. It's a dirt road, so I wouldn't really recommend it in a small car (unless maybe its a rental and you don't care about your shocks and suspension). But you can see alligators in just about every little ditch and canal along the road. Lots of photo opportunities, just be careful!

There are also some other boardwalks and park stations along 41. Here is a guide to one of the scenic drives in the Big Cypress National Park:


In Ochopee, there is a quaint little dining establishment called Joanie's. It's not for everybody, but if you want a slice of old Florida swamp living, it is great. I wrote a review here:


Just a couple of suggestions.

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