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Ochopee

4.3
Parks · Hiking Trails · Specialty Museums

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Big Cypress National Preserve ©
Park
Big Cypress National Preserve
4.6
Duration: 5 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Loop Road
Hiking Trail
Loop Road
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Ochopee is an unincorporated community in Collier County, Florida, United States. It is located to the east of the intersection of US 41 and State Road 29, near Carnestown. The community is part of the Naples - Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area.The community got its name when a visitor to the general store asked the owner what the place was called. A native man was trading in the store that day so the owner asked him the Seminole word for farm. The farmer replied, "O-Chopp-ee".Ochopee began as a one family tomato farming community in the early 1920s. James Gaunt bought 240acre of land along U.S. Highway 41 for $100 per acre, and started with only army tents. A community called Ochopee grew up around Gaunt's tomato farm.After the original post office burned down, residents used an old storage shed to house mail, which became the smallest post office in the nation. It continues as an active post office and sometime tourist attraction.The original farm and settlement were gradually absorbed by the federal government as part of a movement to conserve the Everglades. A few small businesses remain, along with the headquarters of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Jeff Whichello, a native of the area, has written a book about his childhood called What Happened to Ochopee? Plan your trip to Ochopee and other United States destinations using our handy United States trip itinerary builder app.

Side trips from Ochopee

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Speed Boats Tour
Speed Boats Tours Everglades City
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Wildlife Area
Shark Valley Visitor Center Everglades National Park
4.4
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Everglades City
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours Everglades City
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Popular things to do in Ochopee

Kirby Storter Roadside Park ©
Hiking Trail
Kirby Storter Roadside Park
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
H.P. Williams Roadside Park ©
Park
H.P. Williams Roadside Park
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ochopee Post Office
Other
Ochopee Post Office
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Skunk Ape Research Center
Specialty Museum
Skunk Ape Research Center
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

Scenic Drive in Ochopee

Turner River Road
Scenic Drive
Turner River Road
3.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

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