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On your way into town, stop at the intersection of US41 and SR29 at the Everglades Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center to pick up the latest brochures. Then drive 3 miles into Everglades City, notice the old railway depot (now a restaurant) on the left before you make a sharp right to the Circle. The former Collier County Courthouse presides majestically. It was recently restored to its full glory after damages from Hurricane Wilma and once again is the home for City Hall. Continue around the Circle, driving west past the playground and tennis courts, and visit the Museum of the Everglades (pink building) on your left where you'll learn all about the history of the area, including tales of the construction of the Tamiami Trail. Go back to the Circle and drive south about one mile to reach the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, an official entrance to Everglades National Park. After that stop, drive another 3 miles south to Chokoloskee and visit the Smallwood Store & Museum, an old Indian trading post that has been frozen in time.
You might also enjoy a boat ride. Take a trip from the National Park through the Ten-Thousand Islands with commentary about the mangroves and their wildlife. For a private customized boat tour contact Captain Judy Caseley for Everglades area birdwatching, photography, eco-tours, fishing or simply relaxing. Then take an airboat ride into the hinterland, the sawgrass of the Everglades. Airboats do not operate within the National Park, but you will find many located in Everglades City and out on the Tamiami Trail. You can also go fishing with one of the many guides in the town. Those seeking a quality eco tour will find several excellent guide services in town for guided kayak trips and other custom Everglades excursions. There are several excellent nature boardwalks along the Tamiami Trail just otuside Everglades City where you can view native plants, birds, alligators and other wildlife.
From October 15th through May 15th, the speciality food is Stone Crab Claws and several of the fish houses on the river at the north of the town serve lunch outside. You can also pick up stone crab claws to take home. You can also sample alligator nuggets at local restaurants. For a change from fish, visit the Havana Cafe on Chokoloskee for Cuban cuisine (although the fish there is excellent since the owner's husband brings in the catch every day).
The most important thing to do in Everglades City is relax. This is a small, friendly town with an old Florida atmosphere.