National Parks / Natural World

Billie Swamp Safari Clewiston

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Billie Swamp Safari
Billie Swamp Safari Road
Clewiston
FL
33440
Tel: 863 983 6101

Directions

Head to Big Cypress Reservation in the centre of the state! The turn off is off Hwy 75 / 93 (Everglades Pkwy)

Where are we going today?

That iconic image of the airboat streaming through the everglades is one that is on the list of many families.  Head to Billie Swamp Safari, and that's exactly what you will be doing!

Kids will love getting lost on the 2,200 acres of Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and learning about the swamp and all the creatures and critters that call it home!

For those kids 4 and over, you can explore the "River of Grass" on the infamous airboat ride trail. Fish, turtles, alligators (eek!) and snakes (double eek!) will be waiting to say hi to you as you zoom through the swamplands. The guides will teach you all about the environment and the habitats of these wonderful creatures, so it's not only fun (very important!) but a great learning experience for kids. They will also love being introduced to the "other" Florida. 

No theme parks or beaches here!

There is so much wildlife in these parts of the state that of course they want to teach you all about them. You can stroll the grounds and enjoy the displays and exhibits in the park, such as the bird and reptile exhibits, alligator pits, and the very cool named African spur thighed tortoises! You might also want to pop in and say hi to Liberty the Panther.

Take a walk along the boardwalk nature trail that will take you deep into the swamp, and kids can learn the history of the Seminole Indians in their authentic village. 

Billie Swamp Safari also put on fun shows, like the critter show where kids can check out some of the animals in their uncaged presentations, as well as non-venomous snakes in their Billie Swamp Safari Theater. (Oh, did we not mention you will learn about venomous snakes too?)

Fancy seeing the swamp in a new light (or lack there of...!) Billie Swamp Safari offer one hours night tours and fun Native Campfire Storytelling where you climb aboard their Swamp Buggy and take to the everglades by moonlight.  What wildlife can you spot? (Hint...it won't be just snakes...you might see water buffalo, bison, and deer - even ostrich!)

This tour needs to be booked a week in advance. 

Are you ready to take on the swamp!? You know you are! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$49.95 (Ages 13 - 61)
  • Children$35.95 (Ages 4 - 12)
  • Free Under: 3
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

8am - 6pm

Teachers corner

What a great place to take a school group! For groups 12 or more they offer discounted rates, and this extends out to teachers and special needs learners. .

Any Top Tips?

Some of the activities need advanced booking (up to 2 weeks) so make sure you check (such as the Night Buggy and Storytelling).

More information

The Later Gator experience is an additional cost at $30 per person (under 3 free) .

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    My wife and I were there on 4 of july 2014 and it was magnificent the air boat the buggy and everything else we love it and the staff was very nice and knowledgeable all of them>we talked to the lady in the safari restaurant and she served us the food and was good and the she knew about soccer like a brazilian fan, the air boat rider, the buggy driver very cool people and the alligator show as well and I was very impress with the lady of the alligator, ferret and turtle show . She talked like a teacher and very professional. Thanks for every minute...Read More

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    I went 3 years ago and it was awesome. They had dog food for the animals and they would all come running. Alligators, raccoons, wild boar...it was amazing!
    This time last week I saw 2 alligators. You can see more from the highway. Spent $100 for twenty minute boat ride. The boats are so loud...just like an airplane so they scare wildlife away without the food. They should extend the boat ride longer to compensate because the boat is fun even with the lack of wildlife. The Indians do not allow them to feed the animals anymore. Feeding alligators...Read More

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    Very clean! Family had a great time! Shows were short but informative. Swamp buggy ride was fun as well as the airboats

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    It was horrible! They had no animals to speak of two gators in a gator pit, one panther caged in and no other animals that we saw. The air boat ride was interesting, but only saw a bird, one gator swimming under water, and a water buffalo. Save your money!

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by vilma villacreses

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My wife and I were there on 4 of july 2014 and it was magnificent the air boat the buggy and everything else we love it and the staff was very nice and knowledgeable all of them>we talked to the lady in the safari restaurant and she served us the food and was good and the she knew about soccer like a brazilian fan, the air boat rider, the buggy driver very cool people and the alligator show as well and I was very impress with the lady of the alligator, ferret and turtle show . She talked like a teacher and very professional. Thanks for every minute there we enjoyed a lot.Gook luck to eryone. Jorge & vilma Villacreses.Arlington Illinois

by Bud Essen

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I went 3 years ago and it was awesome. They had dog food for the animals and they would all come running. Alligators, raccoons, wild boar...it was amazing!
This time last week I saw 2 alligators. You can see more from the highway. Spent $100 for twenty minute boat ride. The boats are so loud...just like an airplane so they scare wildlife away without the food. They should extend the boat ride longer to compensate because the boat is fun even with the lack of wildlife. The Indians do not allow them to feed the animals anymore. Feeding alligators is dangerous and illegal in Florida. Now this being an Indian reservation they could make their own rules. That being said the ride was kind of short and something my kids will soon forget. I was spoiled the first time and that maybe not their fault but I am going to try a new place next year.

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