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What Lies West of Calle Ocho: Gators, Airboats and Trails.

The famed Miamian rapper, Pitbull, puts Calle 8 on the map with his song “I know you want me”— bringing attention to Little Havana in Miami. Calle 8 is famous for its salsa music, authentic Cuban food and celebrations, but Pitbull fails to acknowledge the west side of this expansive cultural road; the road that leads to casinos, airboat rides, Miccosukee landmarks and landscapes of greenery. There’s a little bit of fun for everyone: be it the show-watchers, the airboat adventurers or trail tourists.

Everglades visitors can choose from a range of activities including airboat rides, alligator demonstrations at the Miccosukee Indian Village or touring Shark Valley on bikes or by foot.
Top Left & Right: The Miccosukee Indian Village website. Middle and Bottom: Krysta Belliston.

If You Like Shows:
The Miccosukee Indian Village is home to tribal shows, museums, activities and artistic crafts. Among the most popular attractions are the alligator demonstrations. Visitors can watch tribesmen bravely enter a pit of gators, performing rituals with the dangerous reptiles. Check out the show schedule below!

Alligator demonstrations daily schedule:
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

If you’re planning on visiting The Miccosukee Indian Village, check out cost and activities on their website.

If You Like Adventures:
Airboat rides are one way to experience the Everglades adventure firsthand. These shallow boats can accommodate about 12-15 people at a time and are propelled by an engine-powered fan. That being said, its suggested that people wear earplugs to avoid the loud noise while cruising through the swampy waters. You’ll encounter alligators, exotic birds and fish on your 30-minute trip—but that doesn’t mean you can touch them, you adventurer you. Hands and feet must remain in the boat at all times for safety reasons. An average airboat travels about 150 mph, so you might feel a light spray of water, but won’t get soaked. Prices for airboat rides range from $12-25 depending on age and location.

CBS Miami created a list of Best Places for Airboat Rides you might want to consider when planning your adventure.

Make sure you check out the video above to get visual of the experience. See anyone you recognize? Hint: He's the current Vice President of the United States of America.

If You Like Trails:

Airboats aren’t the only way to experience the Everglades up close. Shark Valley welcomes visitors to hike, bike or ride a tram to explore the natural habitat of the Everglades’ animals. Curiously, Shark Valley does not have sharks—it has alligators. The tram ride provides educational tours, sharing the secret behind the name “Shark Valley,” among other fun facts. If you choose to bike or walk the 15-mile trail, make sure you are hydrated. You can choose to rent a bike or bring your own. Many visitors look forward to reaching the observatory tower where they can overlook the park and picnic.

The park is open from 9:15 am - 5:15 pm. For more information about Shark Valley, visit

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