Besides lodging inside our park in a sleep chickee or dorm chickee, the Big Cypress RV Resort & Campground offers air-conditioned cabins and tent camping. Tent camping for large groups is also available at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Arena.
Historically, the alligator was utilized by Seminoles for food, tools, and weapons and for trade. Later, they were used as a means of income in the tourism boom after access roads were built into tribal reservations. Spectators tipped tribal members as they witnessed their fearless encounters with these dangerous animals.
Our animal care staff is skilled in proper alligator handling techniques and should only be done by skilled professionals.
The crocodiles and alligators that are in captivity rely on our animal care staff for nourishment which consists of poultry, meat and fish. Note: Do not feed alligators, it is a federal offense. Feeding alligators in the wild will put their lives, human lives and your pets’ lives at risk. The alligator will associate humans with food, once this happens they are considered nuisance alligators.
We apologize; third party satellite navigation systems have not corrected the error for a number of years despite our efforts to provide them with our proper location. Please use google maps or an iPhone and type Billie Swamp Safari, that location is correct.
We have many resources here for teaching outside of the classroom; the Swamp Buggy tour is a favorite amongst educators. The buggy can accommodate 28-30 students at a time, and it travels through a variety of eco-systems, stops at a culturally relevant Seminole camp, shows views of native and exotic animals including migratory birds and points out a number of flora and fauna native to Florida, some of which was used for medicinal purposes. Group rates are available. We encourage teachers to take advantage of our Teacher Tour in July.
Tickets may be purchased here at our gift shop or online.
You are welcome to park your RV’s here during the day, contact our office for information about our designated parking locations. Overnight RV parking is welcomed three miles down the road at the Big Cypress RV Resort & Campground; it is also here on the reservation.
Check employment opportunities at www.semtribe.com/employment, click on “Hollywood Headquarters” and scroll down to Big Cypress to view job openings if any at Billie Swamp Safari. Download an application on that website.
Always consult with your doctor before any activity. We do not recommend the Swamp Buggy ride for people who are pregnant or have neck or back issues.
We have a huge animal family here, some of them are; Florida black bear and panther, raccoons, grizzly bear, serval, bobcat, artic wolf, timber wolf, otters, porcupine, javelina, capybaras, spur thigh tortoise, warthog, fox, a variety of crocodiles, alligators, birds of prey . In our petting zoo make friends with goats, deer, highland cows, mini-horse and pot-belly pig. Note: For the best interest of our animal family, an animal resident may be moved temporarily from the public eye in certain situations or if our animal care staff sees fit during wellness care.
Our mailing address is 30290 Josie Billie Hwy, PMB 1001, Clewiston, Florida 33440 and our physical address is 30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston, Florida 33440
Wear light weight clothing during summer months, hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. During winter months, wear layers, it warms up fast in the Florida sun.
Linens come with the chickee, which includes; sheets, a light blanket and pillow case. Bring a flashlight towel, wash cloth and toiletries. Battery powered lanterns can be rented in the gift shop if you do not have one. During the rainy season bring rain boots, sometimes it gets a little swampy down chickee row. The restaurant closes at 7pm and reopens at 7am, if you will need food and drinks during the night bring a cooler with a tight fitting lid, try to leave food items in your car.
We always advise to arrive early to avoid Florida weather on any day, we open at 9am and our first airboat tour leaves at 9:30am. Dec - April is season and the park has more guest volume. Weekends are just a tad bit busier, our airboat tours leave every half hour and swamp buggy every hour.
We offer a swamp buggy ride, it is a hidden gem, not known by most people and it is a favorite for all guests who experience it. We have a Wildlife Critter Show, Snake Show, Petting Zoo (get a kiss from a Florida deer) and over 15 animal exhibits. You can explore our board walk into the cypress hammock and pop ash pond, native village and bird exhibits. We also have a full service restaurant the Swamp Water Café and Chickees (Seminole Indian Huts) that sleep 2 or up to 14. The night Swamp Buggy tour is a lot of fun to with storytelling.
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