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Old 02-26-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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Have family coming in from upstate NY today and they want to do something that really is reflective of Florida and fun, no museums, just fun type things and not the Orlando scene. Was thinking of the Billie Swamp Safari, does anyone know anything about this, good, bad, or otherwise.
Thanks for your help
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:28 AM
 
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My daughter's school went there for a 2 day field trip (from Tampa). It is very rustic. No heat or electricity. If it is really cold outside, it is freezing inside and you need to bring your own blankets. The kids brought sleeping bags and were still cold. The food is so-so. My daughter and a few of her friends said they weren't too crazy about the trip. It was kind of boring.

A friend of mine took her son there and had a nice time. I think it would be nice for a 2 day trip or even an overnight adventure. He was on this school field trip and did not like it.

If you want me to ask my daughter more about it, and give you mor information, let me know.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:55 PM
 
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The Real Housewives of OC went on a airboat and swamp buggy tour with Billie's. Looked like fun. I don't think anything is more Floridian than Mickey and an airboat ride!
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:58 PM
 
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I also went with my daughter on a field trip.

I would recommend this on a nice sunny day, lately our weather has not been great. I went during the summer months and like the previous poster stated, the food was Ok and the overnight accommodations we saw, were extremely rustic (tents on the dirt floor with cots).

We stayed a couple of hours and had a great time. The museum is fantastic, you learn so much but the best thing was the ride on the Swamp Buggy we saw so many different animals and it was just plain fun.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:47 AM
 
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The swamp buggy ride is a lot of fun. It goes through some woodlands(hammocks). The driver tells you how the indians would live on the dry hammocks when most of the area was swamp. You see a menagerie of animals, native and African.Near the end of the ride you go to an alligator pond teaming with gators. By the edge of the pond is the largest alligator in the world. The indian guide said it was almost 20 feet long and over a 1000 pounds. Even the guide said this large alligator would never exist in the wild because it would not have the protected environment from rivals nor the ample food it is fed here in the enclosed pond. He said alligators continuously grow during their life if they get enough food.
Once back from the swamp ride you can look at the thatched huts the indians built and lived in.In one of the huts is a snake exhibition and other exhibits. you can rent one of these huts for an overnight stay. Very rustic. I like just spending a full day there with a picnic basket full of sandwiches, chips and drinks.
Needless to say, I would recommend this fun and informative jaunt.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:07 AM
 
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Visting relatives a few years ago, we took the kids there. We did the swamp buggy too and saw some interesting things, including the huge alligator. I think its name was Superman.

I found the Seminole story a very interesting one. Recommended.
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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Default The beach too!

From Billie swamp safari drive east to Ft. Lauderdale beach and go to Burch State Park on Ft. Lauderdale beach(Sunrise Blvd close to A1A.). It is a neat little state park with barbecues, shelters , canoes, bicycles, etc. One can go swimming in the ocean from the park. You walk through a tunnel under A1A which takes you right on the beach. Then drive south on A1A to see the sights,shops, restaurants, go fishing on a charter boat, etc. This would be a stunning contrast from the Everglades. Also lots of fun.
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