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The Skunk Ape – Florida’s Favorite Cryptid

Museum of the Everglades 105 Broadway Ave W, Everglades City, United States

On July 8th, 2000, Ochopee resident Dave Shealy caught an ape-like bipedal humanoid with long brown fur running through the sawgrass behind Trail Lakes Campground on video. Since that time, the tape has been featured on everything from the Daily Show to National Geographic and the Smithsonian Channel. Over the years, the legend of the […]

Roadside Attractions: Everglades Wonder Gardens

Collier Museum at Government Center 3331 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL, United States

In 1936 the Piper family established a roadside attraction called Reptile Gardens to attract people traveling on the newly opened Tamiami Trail. As the animals and botanical exhibits grew, they changed the name of it to The Wonder Games to appeal to visitors. In 2017 it was named a historical preservation by the Bonita Springs […]

Save Your Stuff: How to Protect Your Family’s Treasures from a Hurricane

Museum of the Everglades 105 Broadway Ave W, Everglades City, United States

The impact hurricanes like Irma and Ian have had are immeasurable, with the livelihood and infrastructure damage taking center stage in the aftermath. There is another kind of loss that occurs after a hurricane though, and that is the loss of beloved family treasures. Visit the Collier County Museums at the locations, dates and times […]

Hurricanes Happen: a Brief History of Tropical Storms and their Aftermath in the Everglades Area

Museum of the Everglades 105 Broadway Ave W, Everglades City, United States

 As we cruise into the heart of Florida’s “storm season”, Museum Manager Thomas Lockyear will explore the history of hurricanes that have impacted our area and how they have shaped the communities and culture of the region. Mr. Lockyear will also include a detailed account of his experiences with the restoration of the museum in […]