So many travelers head straight for Tampa Bay or Miami, and while both are brilliant vacation destinations, there’s a real gem that so many of us miss out on, Lake Okeechobee.
Situated almost the same distance from the two major cities, it can become the perfect road trip destination for those wanting to enjoy the beauty of nature. If things like breathtaking landscapes, a bit of an adventure, and a proper escape from the hustle and bustle of a big city are what you’re looking for in a holiday, then look no further.
Visit Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
Just to the north of Lake Okeechobee is the Kissimmee Prairie State Park, the best place in Florida for stargazing. If you have a camper van or even access to a tent, this could be the perfect place to call home for the weekend. There are several camping spots in the park itself.
One even includes space for horse trailers, so for equestrians, this makes a dream vacation. Whether on foot or horseback, there are miles of picturesque trails to explore. Take your time to investigate this vast Indian Prairie and the natural floodplains of the lake that serve as a dwelling place for wildlife.
Stop by at the Seminole Brighton Casino
Some of us love the wilderness, and some of us prefer the bright lights of a casino. Thankfully, Lake Okeechobee can provide both. The Seminole Brighton Casino is just a short stroll away from the state park and is definitely worth a visit for anyone who enjoys gaming.
The casino offers all the table games that are commonplace on US poker sites, including roulette, blackjack, and poker. Those who prefer the excitement of the slot machines will have some fun as well. And if you’re a little unfamiliar with the workings of a casino, you can always use online sites to brush up on your knowledge, or visit the venue at quieter times croupiers will be happy to explain the rules.
Eat at Scotty’s Tiki Bar
Just to the south of the lake is a little town called Clewiston. On the main street, there are a handful of places to spend the evening here, ranging from truck-stop style food, through to proper sit-down table service. If you fancy something a little more tailored to holidaymakers though, then make a beeline for the Roland Martin Marina.
This site on the side of the lake is perfectly designed for those on a vacation, including a pier for fishing enthusiasts, rooms to stay in, and the ideal place to grab something to eat and drink. Scotty’s Tiki Bar straddles the truck-stop vs table service perfectly, serving no-frills fare that’s all about ribs. If you feel like a taste of proper home cooking, then Scotty’s will see you right.
The gator tail basket is a Floridian favorite, served with fries, hushpuppies, and slaw. For those who fancy a little more fire in their meal, the catfish tacos are delicious, as they’re made of deep-fried chunks of boneless catfish, with onions, lettuce, and fiery cajun mayo in a soft tortilla. In other words, it’s a perfect end to a busy day.