Near Shark Valley along Highway 41, a native American tribe lives and maintains some attractions for visitors. Central to the village, a museum and its grounds introduce the Miccosukee way of life. Visitors can tour the open-air chickee huts that the tribe traditionally live in, made of thatched palm roofs and poles, and can experience an alligator wrestling demonstration. The truly brave can get a lesson from a wrestler for an alligator encounter that includes mounting the beast, and of course pictures to post on Facebook.
Zippy, noisy (operators usually provide ear protection) airboat rides depart from the museum and take you through the Everglades’ River of Grass to a Miccosukee camp. Also in the 11-mile-long village, you can find a number of other native airboat operators, gift shops, and the Miccosukee Restaurant. Be sure to heed speed limit signs while driving through.
Museum Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.