Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee

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Established in 1974, as America’s first national preserve, the site protects over 729,000 acres of a vast freshwater swamp ecosystem, which supports the rich marine estuaries along Florida’s southwest coast.

Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a broad diversity of wildlife, including the elusive and endangered Florida panther.

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  • See my separate review of the Big Cypress Loop Road which had too many private residences as far as we were concerned. Nonetheless, there is plenty to see in the Preserve, especially if looking for.....  more
    See my separate review of the Big Cypress Loop Road which had too many private residences as far as we were concerned. Nonetheless, there is plenty to see in the Preserve, especially if looking for.....  more »
  • We did three separate activities with the Big Cypress Institute: A 'wet walk' on the Gator Hook Trail, a bike ride on the Fire Prairie Trail, and a canoe trip on the Turner River. All three were... 
    We did three separate activities with the Big Cypress Institute: A 'wet walk' on the Gator Hook Trail, a bike ride on the Fire Prairie Trail, and a canoe trip on the Turner River. All three were...  more »
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  • It is a wonderful place to see wildlife. We were on our way from Miami to Tampa and we saw this place along the way, decided to take a look at the alligators. We weren't expecting it to be that good, preserved, and natural. You just park and walk along the way. If you're lucky, you can see alligators, birds, turtles, panthers, and some little animals. It is a great place to visit for an interesting afternoon and you can get great pictures of the animals. I am personally against to zoos so these kinda natural and preserved places to see animals in their natural habitat is a great opportunity. And also, it is completely free! Just be prepared for hot weather, bring hats and sunglasses. There are also so many flies around because of the swamps, so be cautious.
  • We saw so much wildlife on the loop! My kids loved it! I loved the plant life and moments of quiet with bird calls. It was fun. We walked a little bit on Gator Hook trail (it was a 5 mile loop with submerged portions so mo chance we would complete it) and we saw some cute lizards. We ate at the picnic tables at the trail head. The visitor center was ok. Bathrooms clean and a family bathroom available. We bought the picture kids can color (it came with colored pencils and a board to color on) and the were quiet all the way to Naples! The best!

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