Big Cypress National Preserve Tours

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Big Cypress National Preserve, a 720,000-acre (2,900 sq. km) area, was one of the first national preserves in the United States when it was established in 1974. Not technically part of the Everglades, but bordering it to the south, Big Cypress preserve is the most biologically diverse region of the terrestrial Everglades. Composed primarily of a wet cypress forest, it is home to a wide array of flora and fauna including mangroves, orchids, alligators, venomous snakes, a variety of birds, the Florida panther and the Florida Black Bear. The preserve is also home to several endangered species such as the West Indian Manatee, the eastern indigo snake and the Florida Sandhill Crane.

With twelve campgrounds, some of the area’s best hikes and a long-established hunting scene (white-tailed deer, hogs and turkeys are abundant), Big Cypress provides plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors. The southern terminus of the Florida National Scenic Trail is located in Big Cypress, which is ideal for hiking in the winter months.

For the more intrepid hiker, trekking through Big Cypress is pleasant year-round; cypress country is a bit more welcoming to hikers than the dense sawgrass prairies that you’ll find in the Everglades. Rangers often lead hikes in the dry winter months, as well as canoe trips and bicycle tours. Other tours include swamp buggy tours, pole boat tours and backcountry fishing.

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Big Cypress National Preserve is open 24 hours a day, year-round. Visitors can enter or exit at any time. To stay overnight, visitors must be in a designated campground site or in the backcountry with a valid permit. The Big Cypress Welcome Center (closed on Tuesdays) and the Oasis Visitor Center (closed on Wednesdays) are open six days per week from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Both facilities are closed December 25. There is no entrance fee to enter the preserve.
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Hours: Visitor Center: 9am - 4:30pm Thu-Tue.
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Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale

Escape to the wilderness of Florida's Everglades on this guided, full-day adventure from Fort Lauderdale. This exciting small-group tour includes an airboat ride through Everglades National Park, a drive through Big Cypress National Preserve, a nature walk through a cypress forest and a scenic boat ride through the 10,000 islands of Everglades National Park in search of a variety of wildlife. Lunch (with alligator appetizers) is provided and a hotel pickup and drop-off are included at select Fort Lauderdale area locations.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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$159.00 USD
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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

The US National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass is a convenient way for visitors to access more than 2,000 sites of incomparable wonder, from Mount St. Helens and the Grand Canyon to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Red Rocks National Conservation Area. The 2019 america the beautiful - the national parks and federal recreational lands annual pass kit includes a National Parks annual pass, brochure and hang tag. A physical America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Pass will be issued through the mail - Please add your mailing address to Special Requirements upon checkout.
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Private Buggy and Walking Tour Through the Everglades

Walk and ride on the wild side during this private, 3-hour tour of the Florida Everglades. Explore the highlands of Big Cypress National Preserve with a true Gladesman/hunter in a vintage swamp buggy, venturing through more than 10 miles of swamplands. Enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful and exotic wild flowers, trees and animal life found nowhere else in the world. All entrance fees plus bottled water included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Florida Everglades Swamp Walking Eco-Tour

Choose between a morning and afternoon departure, then set out on a 3.5-hour Everglades swamp adventure. Bordering the famous Everglades National Park, Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park equal their more-famous counterpart in biodiversity and scale. Spot more of the wildlife that makes this area famous on a guided walking eco-tour with a naturalist, which will also cover the relationship between humans and the ecosystem and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Everglades Walking Tour

Take a walk on the wild side on this 90-minute walking tour of the Florida Everglades. Explore the highlands of Big Cypress National Preserve or the wetlands of Everglades National Park. Venture through cool water, cross grass, rocks, cypress trees, vegetation, Spanish moss and fern trails, led by a true Gladesman/hunter. Enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful and exotic wild flowers, trees and animal life found nowhere else in the world. It’s a swamp muck slogging wet walk to remember. All entrance fees plus a walking stick and bottled water included.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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