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Big Cypress National Preserve

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Address: 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141
Phone Number: 239 695-2000
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Fishing, Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Driving
Description: Land of biological diversity, measuring 729,000 acres, combines a mix of...
Land of biological diversity, measuring 729,000 acres, combines a mix of pines, hardwoods, prairies and mangrove forests along with a variety of wildlife including White-tailed deer and Florida panther.
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Totally worth the drive!!!!

Awesome place to see alligators in their natural habitat!!! excellent viewing!! About an hour drive from south of naples on 41 few places to stop on the way but well worth the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Fort Myers, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Awesome place to see alligators in their natural habitat!!! excellent viewing!! About an hour drive from south of naples on 41 few places to stop on the way but well worth the drive!! Excellent boardwalk for great viewing!!

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Inverness, FL
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This was a short stop while on a bus trip. We did not get to do much more than watch the video and take a walk along the boardwalk. Good information and souvenirs available.

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Dover, Delaware
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70 reviews 70 reviews
28 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We stopped here on our drive along the Tamiami trail. Beautiful visitors center where I had my National Parks Passport stamped. Nice walkway in the back where you can spot birds and other critters. We spotted several manatees swimming along just below the surface of the water, but they refused to come up so we could have a good look... More 

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Boston
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Big Cypress National Preserve is a vast flowing watershed that feeds the Everglades. Like that park to the south, this preserve is teaming with alligators, exotic birds, and interesting vegetation - all of which can be easily seen from its many boardwalks. There is an excellent visitor center, and I recommend that you start your visit there. It, and the... More 

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South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Fun, Fantastic and Free. After stopping at the Welcome Center be sure to spend the time to drive the 24 mile loop through the preserve. It will take you more than 2.5 hours as you will be stopping at every little bridge area to see the birds, wildlife and gators. Most of the road is unpaved but is drive able... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It was an informative, leisurely walk through the area. We were able to walk and observe at our own pace.

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Redford, Michigan, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We first stopped by the visitor's center, which was a nice facility and housed some neat displays on the area! It was getting later in the day, do we didn't get to spend as much time as one might ideally want to spend. However, we still had a great time seeing the wildlife, which included manatees and gators! There is... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We loved seeing the landscape and the wildlife. It reminded me of parts of Honduras and Costa Rica. Worth getting out and walking on some of the trails. We were there on an overcast weekday and there were very few people around. We saw manatees, alligators, a yellow orange snake, fish and lots of cool birds along with the interesting... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Easy to get to for viewing wildlife. The roads are dusty so be prepared, and go slow so you can actually see the wildlife. You will have the locals passing you and spraying a lot of dust on you, but expect it and enjoy when it's clear.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We just finished taking an airboat ride and were disappointed that we saw only 1 gator on the trip. Went down the road and stopped in here and we were not disappointed! Got lots of pictures of large gators and birds! The ranger that we spoke to was very good and gave us directions to areas with lots of wildlife... More 

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