Catch a battle between the US Army and the Seminole Nation

Catch a battle between the US Army and the Seminole Nation, Jan 31- Feb 1 & 2

Talk about unusual events. On the weekend of January 31-Feb 3, the Seminole Tribe of Florida will stage the Big Cypress Shootout at the Billie Swamp Safari about midway between Marco Island and Fort Lauderdale. This battle recreation from the Second Seminole War is something you won’t witness anywhere else in the country, to our knowledge.

Granted, it is a bit of a drive from Marco Island (east on Alligator Alley – I-75 to Exit 49, FL833, Snake Road, then north about 17 miles).But it is unique and entertaining, especially for kids and others who may know little about this Native American Tribe. While there you also can visit the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum with extensive displays and exhibits featuring the history, traditions and culture of the Seminole Indians.

The hours for the museum are 7 days a week from 9 to 5. Museum admission is $9 for adults and $6 for students and military with ID. Admission to the battle, recreated on Saturday, Feb 1 at 11 am and 3 pm and on Sunday Feb 2 at 2 pm, is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

You can pack a lunch in the kitchen of your Marco Escapes rental accommodations or purchase lunch at one of the three restaurants serving the Big Cypress Reservation.

Plan to spend a day on this adventure, plus $2.50 toll each way on I-75.