What started as a cucumber stand in 1959 when Robert was only 6 years old has become an area landmark. Anyone who has been to ENP instantly recognizes the Robert Is Here! fruit stand and mini-amusement park. From Florida City, it is on the road to the Everglades National Park main entrance, located at an intersection where you turn left. The colorful stand is on the right.
While the slightly ramshackle fruit stand with its purple martin birdhouses is a worthwhile photo subject, the freshly made fruit milkshakes is why everyone pulls in here. The milkshakes contain unusual tropical fruits like star fruit, lychee, papaya and mangoes. Many would argue the key lime milkshake is the best.
This is one of the last stops before entering the barren ENP wilderness, one of the reasons it gets crowded at times. The earlier you visit, usually the better.
The small fruit stand keeps expanding its offerings beyond fruit and and produce. It also features a farm animal area and a picnic and splash park. Come for the drinks and stay for the live music offered 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Robert Is Here! is open daily for 10 months of the year, with limited hours on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It usually closes for the months of September and October, typically two of the wettest and most hurricane prone months.