The last time we were in Naples, Florida we stumbled upon a sign for the World Famous Swamp Buggy Races.
The sponsors may think they are world famous, but we and everyone else we knew had never heard of the races. In anticipation of the big event we bought our tickets in advance and looked forward to watching this local Everglade spectacular.
You can too! Yes, the Swamp Buggies are January 25th & 26th and we have a way you can get Discount Tickets right now (see Resource List below)! If you are anywhere near South Florida this upcoming weekend, make time to go have some real fun.
The Swamp Buggy races are a hilarious event where Red Neck and Cracker cultures are celebrated. Swamp Buggies are specially designed high clearance, light weight vehicles with large, skinny front wheels that work in the water /gooey everglades mud. They are a cross between a hydrofoil boat and a land vehicle. No two buggies are alike and they are mostly the creation of home garage mechanics that are a little crazy. The buggies are raced through the Mile-of-Mud. Spectators in the lower seats risk being doused with a coating of the wet, brown natural sun screen.
All you have to do is show up, buy your ticket (if you use our link below you can buy in advance and get a discount) and claim a seat in the stands. There are vendors for Swamp Buggy Merchandise that you can’t get anywhere else and some regional Cracker Cuisine foods that are local favorites.
The event occurs over 2 days. The first day is the Practice Day which actually can be the most fun and the least crowded. The second day is the actual races with a lot of excited spectators. Various categories of the race involve Jeeps and some bizarre swamp buggy vehicles we’ve never seen before. There is a Swamp Buggy parade where visitors can hop a ride on a Swamp Buggy.
It is a very family friendly event and there are some activities on Day 2 that are geared just for kids.
- Bring Ear Plugs-The races are really loud
- Sunblock and Big Hats are a good idea
- Seat cushions for the bleachers can make your stay more comfortable
- A video camera
- Lots of water, it’s hot out here, even in January
- Outhouses only. No restrooms. They do a good job of keeping them clean.
- Great kids event, but make sure they have ear protection.
- Binoculars would be a plus.
Discount Tickets for the Swamp Buggy Races: Click here ticketderby.com and Enter Promo Code “swampyfb”
Swamp Buggy Race Official Site
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