Ochopee, Florida: Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

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Trail Lakes Campground

40904 Tamiami Trail E., Ochopee, FL
Trail Lakes Campground. On US Hwy 41/Tamiami Trail around four miles east of Hwy 29, south side.
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $15.
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Cast of the footprint of the Skunk Ape.

Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

Ground Zero for facts about a mysterious and smelly biped who stalks the Florida Everglades. Pose with the Skunk Ape statue out front.

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Skunk Ape HQ.

Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

I love cryptids, so we made sure to stop here on our way home from the Everglades. It was my favorite stop. They have a skunk ape statue along with various souvenirs that bear the resemblance of a skunk ape.

[Kayla Romero, 03/21/2017]

Ape statue.

Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

Skunk Ape Research Headquarters has a Skunk Ape statue in front of the place.

[signmanjoe, 01/10/2016]

The Skunk Ape has been enhanced with red demon eyes since our last visit.

Skunk Ape Research HQ.

Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

There was not much information available on the Skunk Ape, but we got a great tour of the petting zoo. The tour guide not only let us hold a baby alligator, but let the alligator bite us as well. The over 20-foot-long python was impressive, the birds and tortoises were very friendly, and the alligators in the outdoor ponds were intimidating.

The high point of our visit was the gentleman who shared with us his extensive knowledge of snakes, reptiles, and amphibians. We learned a great deal and left with a big piece of snakeskin.

[Margaret Guyette, 02/08/2013]
Skunk Ape Research Headquarters

This is a must-see jewel--my kids (4 and 11) and I spent well over an hour getting a personal tour of the "zoo" in the back and loved every minute. Not a single word was spoken about the Skunk Ape, but we learned a ton about birds, epiphytes, snakes and tortoises!

[missy, 05/09/2011]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Panther StatuePanther Statue, Everglades City, FL - < 1 mi.
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Happy Hobo AlligatorHappy Hobo Alligator, Ochopee, FL - 4 mi.
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Indian Village Gator Wrestling, Miami, FL - 33 mi.

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