Big Cypress National Preserve Tours

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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.

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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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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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Full day Everglades, Big Cypress and 10,000 Islands, Airboat and Boat Ride

Delve deep into Florida’s vast Everglades on a comprehensive and fun 7-hour ecotour of Big Cypress National Preserve. In a small group, you’ll travel far into the sleepy wetlands of the Everglades’ Ten Thousand Islands — all the way to the Gulf of Mexico! — to learn about rare local flora and spot native animals. Spend a full day with a naturalist guide learning about the unique local ecosystem and Native American population.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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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
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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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
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Everglades Naturalist-Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, and Airboat

See Everglades National Park with a Florida Master Naturalist on a full-day, guided tour from Fort Lauderdale or Miami. You’ll cruise the Ten Thousand Islands to watch for manatees and dolphins, hike through the Fakahatchee Strand’s bald cypress trees and royal palms, then ride an airboat to a remote Miccosukee tree island village, where alligators lurk in the Florida sun. Since this nature tour includes round-trip transport from  hotels, cruise ships, or the airport, it’s a great way to explore Florida swamps and forest even with limited time.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

Discover Florida’s wild Everglades on an exciting full-day tour from the Greater Fort Myers/Naples area. You’ll travel by airboat deep into the secluded Western Everglades, explore Big Cypress National Preserve by van and foot, and take a leisurely cruise through a mangrove forest. Enjoy commentary from your naturalist guide as you spot manatees, dolphins and native birds and lunch featuring exotic alligator appetizers!
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Everglades Sightseeing at Big Cypress National Preserve

Traverse Florida’s wild Everglades on an exciting half-day tour from Miami. You’ll travel by safari-style Jeep deep into the secluded UNESCO–listed Everglades region, explore Big Cypress National Preserve by Jeep and foot, and take an airboat cruise through sawgrass marshes — teeming with native critters. Enjoy commentary from your naturalist guide about the area’s unique geology and history!
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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1-Hour Airboat Ride and Nature Walk with Naturalist in Everglades National Park

Explore the Everglades with a naturalist guide, including an airboat ride and a nature walk, on this half-day tour. Learn about the area ecosystems and view alligators and local bird life. Board an air boat to zoom through the swamps and learn about the history of the local Miccosukee Indians, including a visit to a remote tree island village. Round-trip transportation from your hotel or the port in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami included.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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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
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Everglades Swamp Walk with a Naturalist and Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour

Go deep into Big Cypress National Preserve on a small-group swamp walk led by a Florida Master Naturalist, then take an hour-long boat trip through the Ten Thousand Islands of Everglades National Park. With a naturalist guide to help identify plants and animals throughout the day, you’ll watch for rare orchids, bromeliads, manatees, dolphins, and the many birds that thrive in Florida’s vast swamps. The full-day tour includes transport from greater Fort Lauderdale and Miami, making it a great way to explore Florida’s fascinating ecosystems even with limited time.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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