Everglades National Park Journals

Florida City - Gateway to the Everglades

A February 2001 trip to Everglades National Park by Tideone

Mutineer Restaurant Photo, Everglades National Park, Florida More Photos
Quote: Florida City is the gateway to Everglades National Park. It is also the home to an Alligator Farm that draws visitors from around the world.

Florida City - Gateway to the Everglades

Overview

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If you are traveling to Everglades National Park the drive will take you past the Florida City City Hall and its collection of plant animals.

City crews have shaped hedges around the city hall into different animals, ranging from giraffes to alligators.

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Best Way To Get Around:

The best way to get around Florida City is by car.

Hampton Inn Suites

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Hampton Inn Suites Photo, Everglades National Park, Florida
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This Hampton Inn is ideally located for those who want to explore Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. It is located just five miles from the Biscayne Park and eight miles from the Everglades Park. It is also ideal for making day trips to the Keys or Miami. Located just off U.S. 1, the hotel is next door to the Prime Outlets Mall and the Mutineer Restaurant.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2001

Hampton Inn Suites
124 E Palm Drive
Everglades National Park, Florida 33034
(305) 247-8833

Mutineer Restaurant

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Restaurant

Mutineer Restaurant Photo, Everglades National Park, Florida
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It was lunch time and we weren't interested in fast food, although all of the chains line U.S. 1 in Florida City. With our time in Florida coming rapidly to an end, we wanted to eat as much seafood as we could before having to climb on the plane. Judging by the amount of cars outside, we decided this must be a pretty popular place, even though the main lunch hour had already past. After a hostess showed us to a table a waitress in a pirate's outfit got our drink orders and said she would return and take our order. Tables in the Mutineer are rather close together so this is the reason why my wife came to ask the lady at the next table where she was from. My wife had ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2001

Mutineer Restaurant
11 SE 1st Avenue
Everglades National Park, Florida 33034
(305) 245-3377

Prime Outlets at Florida City

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Prime Outlets at Florida City Photo, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Prime Outlets is conveniently located next to the intersection of the Florida Turnpike and U.S. 1. With over 40 stores, one could spend a whole day shopping but with plans in Miami for later in the evening, we were only able to spend an hour here. Just a few of the stores located at Prime Outlets include Bass Outlet, Bugle Boy, Danskin, Hush Puppies Factory Direct, Nine West, Nike Factory Store and the Samsonite Company Store. Like other outlet malls, one should know prices before shopping because often times the deal you think you are getting is really not a deal at all and the item could have been purchased somewhere else cheaper. But if you like searching for a deal or at least...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2001

Prime Outlets at Florida City
250 East Palm Drive
Florida City, Florida 33034
(305) 248-4727

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If your destination is the Flamingo Lodge in the Everglades then you can't miss this attraction as it is right on the way. When my wife first mentioned visiting this attraction, the first thing that came to my mind was "TOURIST TRAP." However, after visiting I came away with a completely different feeling. Being able to see the alligators, snakes and other wild animals in their native habitat is very educational. It was amazing to watch as one of the workers went inside the fence to feed the alligators. When asked, "How many times have you been bitten," he replied, "Only once." I have to admit I thought I was going to witness his second bite as one of the alligators began to sneak u...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2001

Everglades Alligator Farm
40351 Southwest 192nd Avenue
Everglades National Park, Florida 33034
(305) 247-2628

Florida City City Hall

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A closer look Photo, Everglades National Park, Florida
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On your way to Everglades National Park you can't miss the Florida City City Hall. It will be on your right-hand side after you have turned off of US 1. Check out the animals in front of city hall. No, they are not real animals but animals that have been formed from shaping hedges in different animal designs. See how many animals you can find.