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.To visit Big Cypress National Preserve and get the most from your holiday in Ochopee, create itinerary details personal to you using our Ochopee trip planner.
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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Tours to Big Cypress National Preserve
$199 BOOK WITH VIATOR Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
$239 BOOK WITH VIATOR Everglades National Park Biologist Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike + Airboat Everglades National Park Biologist Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike + Airboat
Duration: 570 to 600 minutes
$123 BOOK WITH VIATOR 4-Hour Swamp Buggy Adventure Tour in Florida 4-Hour Swamp Buggy Adventure Tour in Florida
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
$329 BOOK WITH VIATOR Small Group Full Day Everglades: Biologist led wet walk + Two 1-Hour Boat Trips Small Group Full Day Everglades: Biologist led wet walk + Two 1-Hour Boat Trips
Duration: 9 hours
$325 BOOK WITH VIATOR Miami & Florida Everglades Adventure Package Miami & Florida Everglades Adventure Package
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Big Cypress National Preserve reviews
Well worth the visit. According to the ranger recommendation, there are 4 major stops along the main road: Nathaniel P. Reed Visitor Center, with a small 400 foot boardwalk, H.P. Williams Roadside...
Well worth the visit. According to the ranger recommendation, there are 4 major stops along the main road: Nathaniel P. Reed Visitor Center, with a small 400 foot boardwalk, H.P. Williams Roadside... more »
We tried to begin our visit by going to the Oasis Visitor Center, but unfortunately there was a sign on the door saying it was closed for a couple weeks even though the website said it was open...
We tried to begin our visit by going to the Oasis Visitor Center, but unfortunately there was a sign on the door saying it was closed for a couple weeks even though the website said it was open... more »
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!
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.
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