Immokalee is the Seminole Indian word for "my home." This small town in eastern Collier County is the center of the area's agricultural industry. Immokalee's farms produce a significant portion of the nation's fresh produce, including tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, potatoes and citrus. Drive down New Market Road any day of the week to check out the Pinhooker's Market, offering fresh produce at great prices. The Immokalee State Farmer's Market offers fresh produce, especially in the peak fall and winter produce harvest.
Collier County University Extension offers public Agricultural Tours every year in March for a behind-the-scenes look at the area's diverse farming industry, and hosts the Southwest Florida Yard and Garden show in November.
Two of the region's top environmental attractions are in the Immokalee area. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, located 15 miles east of I-75 on Immokalee Road, is the crown jewel in Audubon's sanctuary system and protects the world's largest remaining stand of old growth bald cypress. Recognized internationally as a top bird-watching spot, the sanctuary's 2.25-mile boardwalk produces wonderful opportunities year-round to view bird, animal and rare plant life.
Lake Trafford can be found at the end of Lake Trafford Road in Immokalee. This 1,500-acre freshwater lake, an important element in the Everglades ecosystem, is renowned for crappie, bluegill and bass fishing, and is an excellent place to view birds, alligators and other wildlife. The Airboats & Alligators airboat tour departing from Lake Trafford Marina assures alligator sightings.
The 75,600-square-foot Seminole Casino Immokalee, one of seven casinos owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, offers a large variety of table games, as well as Las Vegas-style and Native American Indian wide-area progressive slot machines. It also features nonstop live poker action 24/7 in its new WPT Poker Room, including an array of tournaments for all types of players. The new Paradise High Limit room now offers high-stakes Blackjack and Mini-Baccarat, plus separate room for high-limit slot machine play.
The EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill is a local favorite. This beautifully renovated 5,100-square-foot Seminole restaurant offers some of the best dishes Southwest Florida has to offer, including its signature authentic Seminole fry bread and fresh-from-scratch classic favorites. Chef Greg Rosace (formerly of the MGM Mirage, Las Vegas and Beau Rivage, Biloxi) and his staff visit the Immokalee Farmer's Market daily to purchase the freshest possible produce. The kitchen of the EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill will soon debut a new classic cuisine menu upon completion of a total renovation of its kitchen.Back to top of page