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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
5 hour Everglades Tour with Miccosukee Airboat and Big Cypress National Preserve, Miami, Eco Tours
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5 hour Everglades Tour with Miccosukee Airboat and Big Cypress National Preserve

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This tour goes deeper into the Everglades to Big Cypress National Preserve with the most wildlife and forest. An airboat will take you out to a Miccosukee tree ...  Read more

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

From USD $65.00
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, while an airboat will take you out to a ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.00
7-Hour Everglades Tour with Airboat and Big Cypress Preserve and Everglades City, Miami, Eco Tours
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7-Hour Everglades Tour with Airboat and Big Cypress Preserve and Everglades City

Big Cypress National Preserve is the best part of the Everglades. The cypress forest begins and wildlife becomes abundant. Few, if any operators, go that far. ...  Read more

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

From USD $140.00
All Day Everglades Tour with Airboat and Big Cypress Preserve and Everglades City, Miami, Half-day ... 
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All Day Everglades Tour with Airboat and Big Cypress Preserve and Everglades City

This tour is for adventurers seeking a private full day Everglades trip to Big Cypress, the 10,000 Islands and the Gulf of Mexico.  Tour mixes Native ...  Read more

Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Duration: Flexible

From USD $140.00
Private Tour: Everglades Sightseeing at Big Cypress National Preserve, Miami, Half-day 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
Private Buggy and Walking Tour Through the Everglades, Everglades National Park, Private ... 
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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
Everglades Tour Through The Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, Walking Tours
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Everglades Tour Through The Big Cypress National Preserve

This Everglades tour is the perfect 3-4 hour experience bringing you through the Big Cypress National Preserve. It is a great way to see the Everglades and ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00

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