Clewiston is a town of about 7,000 residents in Hendry County, central Florida, and is located on the southwest shore of Lake Okeechobee.
Clewiston has a relatively equal distance between the Atlantic coast and the Gulf, which opens up several day trip options for those with access to a car.
But for those who prefer to stay close, there are various historical, natural and cultural options as well.
1. Clewiston Golf Course
The 18-hole Clewiston Golf Course can generally be completed in between three and four hours, depending on how busy it is.
It’s a par-72 course that’s open to the public, but previous guests have commented that its greens and fairways were exceptionally well-manicured compared to other public courses in the area.
The course is located just off Highway 27 outside of Clewiston and is an easy drive for those staying on the Palm Beach coast as well.
2. Clewiston Museum
The Clewiston Museum is a convenient and inexpensive attraction that’s a big hit with traveling history buffs and lovers of local culture.
It’s open from 9 AM until 4 PM during the week, and by special appointment on the weekends, so plan accordingly.
Admission is just a few bucks, and senior and student discounts are available, so bring your ID if you qualify for either.
3. Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum
For those interested in learning about their fascinating culture, there’s no better place to do it than the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum.
The museum is located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, which is set amidst the Everglades and contains more than 100,000 unique artifacts.
In their language, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means ‘learning place,’ and most guests agree it’s an apt description.
4. Civic Park
At just over four acres Civic Park isn’t the city’s largest, but it features covered gazebos, picnic tables, and abundant walking paths.
It also hosts a popular concert in the park series, as well as other annual festivals that really draw the crowds.
5. Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail
The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail is one of the largest trails of its kind in the entire country. Stretching for more than 100 miles through a variety of unique natural habitats.
It’s also part of the much larger Florida National Scenic Trail that runs between Pensacola in the Panhandle and Miami in South Florida.
Much of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail follows the contour of the lake and offers guests unique opportunities to view wildlife.
6. Dupuis Nature Center
Dupuis Nature Center is the centerpiece of the Dupuis Management Area and is comprised of more than 20,000 acres of diverse natural habit.
The nature center’s mission is to offer interactive educational programs to students, teachers, and families from the local community.
To that end, they provide an impressive array of staff-led field excursions, interactive activities, and lectures.
7. Lake Okeechobee
Florida seems to have more than its fair share of natural wonders, and Lake Okeechobee is one of the most prominent.
Often referred to as Florida’s Inland Sea for its sheer vastness, it offers guests an opportunity to view fabulous tracts of undeveloped nature and partake in a variety of outdoor recreation activities.
One of the lake’s claims to fame is that it’s home to some of the state’s largest largemouth bass.
8. Skydive Spaceland Florida
Skydive Spaceland Florida is a popular family-owned attraction that’s been taking the vacation experience to a whole new level for more than 15 years.
For adrenaline junkies and diehard thrill-seekers, there’s really nothing to compare to jumping out of an airplane thousands of feet over the ground.
From newbies to experienced jumpers, they’ve got options to fit nearly everyone.
9. Billie Swamp Safari
Florida is full of swamps brimming with natural charm and an abundance of unique wildlife, and swamp tours rank among the state’s most popular vacation activities.
Billie Swamp Safari is located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and gives guests access to thousands of acres of untamed swamps and glades that’d be out of the reach of most travelers otherwise.
They offer a variety of tour options, including those by airboat and swamp buggy.
10. Clewiston Sugar Festival
The Clewiston Sugar Festival has its origins as far back as the ‘30s, when the United States Sugar Corporation first threw its employees a celebration.
The Sugar Festival draws visitors from all over the state and includes terrific food, live entertainment, a car show, and even a heritage appreciation day at the local museum.
For many visitors who’ve stumbled onto the festival in recent years, it ended up being one of the most memorable experiences of their trip to the area.