Sleeping under a thatched roof on a prairie in the middle of the Everglades. It’s not for everyone. But for travelers looking to have a more authentic experience when visiting Florida, it doesn’t get any more real than staying in a chickee hut.
Seminoles used these elevated structures with open sides for sleeping, cooking, and eating during the 19th century.
Today, they’re used for “glamping” – a term for people who don’t quite have the guts to pitch a tent in the middle of nowhere and really rough it.
These chickees located at the Trail Lakes Campground in Ochopee were built by residing members of the Miccosukee tribe. The Chickee Cottage, equipped with solar fixtures and shutter windows, offers a view of the swamp and grassland prairie.
Another hut features a bed on the main floor and an additional sleeping area in a small loft. Restrooms and hot showers are located nearby at the campground’s bathhouse. Expect to spend between $179 and $199 a night for your chickee experience. Happy glamping!