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Hi we're planning our first trip to Florida and will be staying in Orlando for 10 days. Then we planned to drive to Everglades City to stay a couple of nights to see something of the Everglades. Planning an airboat ride and a boat trip and to go to Shark Valley. Is it reasonable to plan to stop somewhere along the way from Orlando to Everglades City - I had thought of Corkscrew Swamp but where else would be good ? Also what would be the best route from Orlando to the Everglades ??

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Hi there BW,

you have acouple of driving options. (1) is to take the I4 across to Tampa/St Pete and then I75 to just past Naples taking Hwy 29 to EC -approx 300 miles.

(2) is to go down either I95 or the Florida Turnpike (probably quicker but tolls -approx $15) and head East either on the I75(alligator alley - tolls minimal) or continue to Miami and take Route 41(Tamiami trail)which is more rural and takes you past many airboat operators and also Shark valley. N.B. tours here are popular and pre booking can be advisable.

Corkscrew swamp sanctuary is well worth a visit but you need to give yourselves a few hours to do it justice but you can get a taster for the real Everglades experience by visiting Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk which is also on route 41 heading towards Naples and not that far from EC.

Also on route 41 coming from Miami is Joannies Blue Crab Cafe which you ought to try.

By the way don't think EC is like your typical US city - it's very small townish and No high rises just a few restaurants and small shops with wide streets. Very open plan.

If you need more help I would be happy to oblige but the Chamber of Commerce for EC has lots of links and advice

Enjoy your trip

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