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Things to do in Everglades City

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Travel Agency
“Take an airboat ride in the Everglades National Park. See wildlife like nowhere else.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Ride an air boat and tour the swamps of the Everglades! Very likely that you will run into a few alligators.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is one of my favorite restaurants in Southwest Florida. I wish I lived closer! If you are spending the day driving on 41 to visit the different sites in Ten Thousand Islands and Big Cypress National Preserve, I would recommend stopping in Everglades City for lunch. I loved the stone crab tacos when in season and the crab cake salad, but everything looks great. The restaurant is on the water and it is fun to watch the boat traffic while enjoying a great meal. If you rent a boat and feel comfortable, you can also reach this restaurant by water. It is about 1.5 hour boat ride from Marco. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“Spend a lazy afternoon exploring the history of the city that was once only accessible by boat.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“See the everglades like you've never experienced before - from an airboat with an airplane engine and propeller for power! Loud, fast - fun! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Open year round Breakfast lunch and dinner daily from 6am-9pm Can prepare lunches for outings Ice cream shop in back ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Stop by the Gulf Coast visitor center for info about boat tours, kayaking and canoeing, hiking/biking in Everglades National Park. This is where you get permits for wilderness camping in the Park. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“An airboat, also known as a fanboat, planeboat, swamp boat, or bayou boat, is a flat-bottomed watercraft propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine. This fast and agile boat allows you to tour the waterways of the Everglades and go deep and up-close into the mangroves that make this ecosystem. I recommend you take advantage of the Jungle Erv's Everglades Special Combo Tour which includes: Mangrove Canopy Airboat Tour, Wilderness Airboat Tour, Boardwalk access and an Alligator show including a chance to hold a living alligator. Reservations are recommended, especially for a group of more than 2 people and to visit their website that often has coupons available. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
General Travel
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Great place to pick up some items that you may have forgotten. The market carries beer and wine, but there is not a liquor store in town. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lounge
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“The Rod and Gun Club is built on the original structure of the first permanent white settler who founded Everglades City in 1864. As the gateway to the Everglades, the Rod and Gun Club was the place to stay over the years with guests including celebrities, dignitaries and several United States Presidents. When you visit this historical landmark Inn and Dining Room, much of the old Florida decor hasn't been changed and it’s like taking a step back in time. Sit on the sweeping porch overlooking the water while sipping a cocktail or dining on a locally inspired menu. Feel like some of the past and present celebrity guests including: Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Hoover and Nixon; John Wayne, Ernest Hemingway, Gypsy Rose Lee, Burt Reynolds, Sally Fields, Jack Nicklas, Roy Clark, Eddie Arnold, Sean Connery, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover, Phil Donahue, Peter Jennings, and the list goes on. This is a great place to take photos or selfies so bring your camera.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“They serve some of the freshest and best seafood in town! They are only open during season; however this is where you go to try all-you-can-eat stone crabs right off the water, from one of the major fish houses that brings them in during stone crab season (October-May). However, there are other things on the menu, like fried gator tail and grouper sandwich. They also have a fish market too, where you can take home some stone crabs, shrimp and other local seafood home. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“ Great for Lunch, Coffee, Desserts and Gelato. Little Gift Shop and everything is Delicious!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Locality
“This is a vast 1.5 million-acre wetlands preserve and wildlife conservation area. •The Everglades area includes three national parks: •Everglades National Park •Big Cypress National Preserve •Biscayne National Park •Some of the things to enjoy include airboat tours, biking, bird watching, boating, camping, canoe trails, Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center, fishing, hiking, and special events. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Many tour operators offer airboat rides in the Everglades. I preferred a narrated tour (with voice via the headsets). There are coupons on their websites.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“City Seafood is a rustic waterside favorite with outdoor & indoor seating offering local seafood, including crab, shrimp, oysters, frog legs & alligator; everything comes right from their own fishing and Stone Crab boats. When you dine, you can watch pelicans, seagulls, manatees, tarpon, and occasionally alligators playing in the Barron River right off the dock and watch the airboat tours go by. In addition to offering a menu of local recipes and seafood, you can purchase fresh grouper, scallops, gator meat, oysters, Gulf shrimp, frog legs, mullet, Florida Lobster tail, Stone Crabs and softshell Blue Crabs to take home with you from their market (bring a cooler with lots of ice).”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“This is one of my favorite restaurants in Southwest Florida. I wish I lived closer! If you are spending the day driving on 41 to visit the different sites in Ten Thousand Islands and Big Cypress National Preserve, I would recommend stopping in Everglades City for lunch. I loved the stone crab tacos when in season and the crab cake salad, but everything looks great. The restaurant is on the water and it is fun to watch the boat traffic while enjoying a great meal. If you rent a boat and feel comfortable, you can also reach this restaurant by water. It is about 1.5 hour boat ride from Marco. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Open year round Breakfast lunch and dinner daily from 6am-9pm Can prepare lunches for outings Ice cream shop in back ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“ Great for Lunch, Coffee, Desserts and Gelato. Little Gift Shop and everything is Delicious!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“City Seafood is a rustic waterside favorite with outdoor & indoor seating offering local seafood, including crab, shrimp, oysters, frog legs & alligator; everything comes right from their own fishing and Stone Crab boats. When you dine, you can watch pelicans, seagulls, manatees, tarpon, and occasionally alligators playing in the Barron River right off the dock and watch the airboat tours go by. In addition to offering a menu of local recipes and seafood, you can purchase fresh grouper, scallops, gator meat, oysters, Gulf shrimp, frog legs, mullet, Florida Lobster tail, Stone Crabs and softshell Blue Crabs to take home with you from their market (bring a cooler with lots of ice).”
  • 2 locals recommend

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