Clewiston Bus Tour:

A SWEET INVITATION

Have you ever been curious about sugar harvesting and processing? It all happens not far from Bonita Springs in Clewiston Florida. 

Join us for a fascinating look at what goes on before the sugar reaches your table. 
Our private bus tour to Clewiston will leave from the Liles Hotel on Thursday, March 28, 2019. 

A bus will pick us up at 7:45 AM and drive to Clewiston for an introduction to sugarcane harvesting, processing and packaging. We'll also learn about other area crops like corn, celery, green beans.

Before the deadly hurricanes of 1926 and 1928 devastated this part of Florida, the area was primarily home to small farms raising a variety of vegetables. Sugar growing began in earnest in the early 1930s. 

If your interest is more environmental than agricultural, bring your questions. 
We will learn about the good, and ugly of Lake Okeechobee waters and why it is so important to our area.

Clewiston, historically known as America's Sweetest Town, was incorporated in 1925 and is centrally located in south Florida about 60 miles east of Fort Myers. Through more than a half-century of growth, Clewiston has kept its charm and beauty. It is the Gateway to Lake Okeechobee.

The tour also includes a visit to the Clewiston Museum which has a great Florida fossil collection, displays about their WWII Airfare Base, and the history of Clewiston and Hendry County. A southern lunch is included at a local restaurant. 

Tour includes bus transportation from Bonita Springs, lunch, and tours. The bus is equipped with AC, WiFi, outlets, restroom, and light refreshments. We recommend bringing a light jacket and wearing closed-toed shoes.

Tentative Schedule:
 
7:45 - 8:00 AM -  Depart The Liles Hotel, 
27300 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

9:30 AM - Arrive at Clewiston Chamber of Commerce, 109 Central Avenue, Clewiston, Florida
 
9:30-11:30 AM - Tour Herbert Hoover Dike, Lake Okeechobee and water systems.

11:30 – 12:30 PM - Break for complimentary lunch at Clewiston Country Club

12:45 – 1:15 PM - Tour of , sugarcane fields, sugarcane mill and refinery

1:15 – 1:45 PM - Tour Clewiston Museum

1:45 PM - Depart Clewiston

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Return to Liles Hotel

To register, call 239-992-6997 and leave a message of name, contact, and number of people. 

The cost is $35 for BSHS members and $45 for non-members. And remember to add a gratuity for the driver, guide, and restaurant servers ($7 - $10 total suggested). Space is limited to 50 people. Our previous two tours to Clewiston sold out, so it is first come, first served :)

We hope you can make this special tour to the historic town of Clewiston.

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