Springtime in the Florida Everglades means a subtle transition to the wet season. While much of the country has four distinct seasons, South Florida and the Everglades essentially have two; a dry season and a wet season. The dry season is historically November through April. Conversely, the wet season is May through October. As you can imagine, the dry season is characterized by lower humidity, cooler temperatures and little rain. The wet season brings higher temperatures, greater humidity and more frequent rainfall (most are afternoon thunderstorms created by the humidity). Don’t let this deter you! The innate beauty of the Everglades comes to life during the rainy months, but each time of year brings something new to appreciate. As a result, family fun can be had year-round at Billie Swamp Safari and the Florida Everglades as the crowds stagger their time differently to adjust for each season.
The 124th Big Cypress Anniversary Celebration will be held on May 11th, 2019 with gates opening at 12pm. The Junior Cypress Entertainment Complex venue is located at 30290 Josie Billie Hwy. Clewiston, FL 33440. A Grand Entry of Seminole Tribe of Florida dignitaries will kick off the event at the Grandstand Area at approximately 12:30pm. Country star Gary Allan will headline the musical line-up that starts at 8pm.
As Winter or the dry season fades, temperatures begin to increase during the day yet remain moderate overnight. This means the mornings are a perfect time to enjoy the Everglades. Visitors can enjoy the breeze on Billie Swamp Safari’s airboat rides and swamp buggy tours. At the same time, the swamp buggy ride experience transforms and is very different in the wet season. Most of the swamp buggy trail is under water as the rains increase. Also, plant life such as ferns, rejuvenate and become a brilliant green color. Spring also brings migration changes from the seasonal birds. Lastly, springtime brings the birth of many new animals inside the park.
Florida vacation families have an opportunity to enjoy these seasonal shifts while paying closer attention to the afternoon heat and humidity. It’s really more about scheduling your time to coincide with mother nature. Therefore, families can delight in shaded activities like our critter or live snake show when the sun is high in the sky. In the same way, vacationers can take a break and satisfy their hunger with lunch at the Swamp Water Café. Our family restaurant offers one of the most unique family dining destinations in the Everglades with views of airboats and wildlife roaming in the 2,220- acre park. Finally, late afternoons offer an opportunity to visit our authentic Seminole village, animal exhibits and gift shop. Also, many families will complete their Florida Everglades experience by visiting the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum to learn about the Seminole people and how they have cared for the Everglades since creation (They also have lots of air-conditioning!)
1. Check the forecast – Plan indoor / shaded and outdoor activities accordingly.
2. Use sunblock – This time of year the sun begins to get hotter, so stay protected.
3. Wear a hat – a little more shade makes things easier.
4. Hydrate – Don’t wait until your thirsty to drink water and lots of it.
5. Get an early start – This gives you time to do ALL the fun activities on your list.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a federally recognized Indian Tribe. FST is a top Florida Everglades adventure, learning and camping destination. We share the excitement and wonder of the Florida Everglades to visitors from around the globe. Our award-winning Everglades attractions include Billie Swamp Safari, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, and Big Cypress RV Resort & Campground.
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