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  • Hours: Visitor Center: 9am - 4:30pm Thu-Tue.

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Big Cypress National Preserve

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.

Practical Info

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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Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, null
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Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale

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Explore the wilderness of the Everglades for a full day on this adventure from Ft Lauderdale. With your naturalist guide, take a thrilling airboat ride, spot ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.99
Private Tour: Everglades Sightseeing at Big Cypress National Preserve, Miami, Eco Tours
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Private Tour: Everglades Sightseeing at Big Cypress National Preserve

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Delve deep into Florida’s Everglades region on a 5.5-hour private tour by safari-style Jeep. With an informative guide, travel into the heart of Big Cypress ...  Read more

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $318.99
Miccosukee Airboat and Big Cypress National Preserve Adventure, Miami, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Miccosukee Airboat and Big Cypress National Preserve Adventure

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Venture deep into the Everglades to Big Cypress National Preserve with abundant wildlife and forest and enjoy an airboat ride to a Miccosukee tree island, 45 ...  Read more

Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
All Day Everglades Tour with Airboat and Big Cypress Preserve and Everglades City, Miami, Eco Tours
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All Day Everglades Tour with Airboat and Big Cypress Preserve and Everglades City

Discover the Florida Everglades on a full-day adventure to Big Cypress National Preserve. This guided tour provides the opportunity to visit three unique ...  Read more

Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00
5 hour Private Everglades Tour with Miccosukee Airboat and Big Cypress National Preserve, Miami, ... 
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5 hour Private Everglades Tour with Miccosukee Airboat and Big Cypress National Preserve

This tour goes deeper into the Everglades to Big Cypress National Preserve with the most wildlife and forest, including: An airboat ride to a Miccosukee tree ...  Read more

Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Private Buggy and Walking Tour Through the Everglades, Everglades National Park, Eco Tours
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Private Buggy and Walking Tour Through the Everglades

On this private 3-hour tour, you will ride and walk through the heart of the Big Cypress National Preserve on this combination tour of the Everglades. With ...  Read more

Location: Ochopee, Florida
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $132.49
Everglades Walking Tour, Everglades National Park, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Everglades Walking Tour

Get ready for a Everglades adventure on this 90-minute walking tour of Florida's Everglades. This tour great for those who want to explore deeper, sloshing ...  Read more

Location: Ochopee, Florida
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $32.99
Ten Thousand Islands and Swamp Walk, Fort Lauderdale, Walking Tours
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Ten Thousand Islands and Swamp Walk

This incredible eco experience starts off with pick up from the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/North Dade area where you'll be taken to the Everglades and Big Cypress! ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $229.00
Everglades Adventure, Fort Lauderdale, Eco Tours
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Everglades Adventure

Begin your adventure into the heart of the real Everglades with convenient pickup from the Greater Fort Lauderdale area and North Dade. You will take a 1-hour, ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $189.74
Everglades Adventure Day with Swamp Buggy and Airboat Rides, Fort Myers, Eco Tours
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Everglades Adventure Day with Swamp Buggy and Airboat Rides

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Full day tour of the Everglades area departing from Fort Myers Beach. Join a biologist or Florida Master Naturalist for a fun and exciting day. Enjoy an ...  Read more

Location: Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.00

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