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“Alligator, waterbirds and cedars” 5 of 5 stars
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Loop Road
33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Everglades National Park, FL 34141
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Syracuse, New York
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“Alligator, waterbirds and cedars”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

If you have the time and want to see the real Everglades, this sidetrip is well worth you effort and time. It will add an hour or more to your trip over Alligator Alley but you will really be up close and personal with some the residents of the Everglades. Lots of gators, heron, ibis and heron in as natural a habitat as you can find. Bring your camera and be prepared to make multiple stops.

Visited February 2013
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“Watch out for critters and deep potholes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Now this is the real Everglades! Not for sissies... rough, rough road, with huge mosquitoes as ferocious as the gators!

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“A highlight of our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The day we drove the Loop Rd, we saw some wonderful birds but few alligators. However, the views into the Cypress wetlands were spectacular. As one reviewer says, this is not a drive with open views. However, each pull-off point (and there are many) gives you a large window into this beautiful habitat. In late afternoon light, it was also a photographer's paradise. The road is gravel, but was in good condition (mid December 2012). It's a drive to be taken at leisure with time to appreciate the sights.

Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Doesn't get any better than this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Alligators relaxing inches away from your car. Spectacular birds with enormous wingspans whisping through the trees. A veritable Everglades safari that is not to be missed by anyone with a car. With all due respect to neighboring airboat operators, this free nature tour is a marvel unto itself. Upclose nature viewing, with reasons to stop every 100 or so yards throughout the nearly 30 mile loop. A must see for the youngsters, providing them a firsthand view outside of textbooks of why it is so important to save areas like this from development. Loop Road is around 50 miles west of Miami, on Route 41. Easy to miss the entrance, but we asked at the local stands and were directed to a point just after a large metallic tower. We saw at least 100 alligators and scores of different species of birds. My highest recommendation!

Visited December 2012
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“Loop Road- LAST CHANCE TURN AROUND”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

There is a sign about 2 miles in if you enter from the west side at Monroe Station-- we laughed about the various meanings. it read "last chance turn around". We should have listened.

I should begin by explaining that we are nature lovers. We support all of our National Parks and conservation efforts. We actually enjoy driving slowly in search of wildlife in their natural habitats. We would spend 10 out of 10 days in Lamar Valley even if we never saw ANYTHING- yet we were so annoyed with the 2 hours we lost on Loop Road.

The road goes through some natural areas. However, the thickets and trees have grown in so well that you feel as though you are driving between 2 walls of green. There are several spots that open to small swampy areas. Each of these seems to be over a culvert. But this is where you are likely to see your wildlife. We did see wildlife: white ibis, storks, gators, herons, egrets. And we saw a small (maybe medium sized) dark mammal for a brief second. We couldn't identify it because it darted towards the water. We are guessing it was either a mink or an otter.

We where heading from the west side of the glades to our next stop in Florida City. We took the drive mid afternoon around 3 and it took about 2 hours to complete. Even with the sighting of the cool unidentified mammal- we would have rather spent our time elsewhere.

We passed only 3 other cars on Loop Road- so if you are looking for complete solitude this might still be for you. But we would recommend spending the time in other areas.

There are many other options that are more rewarding and less time consuming and (maddening) than the Loop road.

Turner Road- was GREAT! It was VERY DUSTY though and many locals seem to speed down the road creating a "smoke/dust fog" but even with this annoyance we enjoyed the scenery, habitat and wildlife much better. Turner Road (which can be made into a loop) was more open you could see the habitats and wildlife surrounding you as opposed to feeling as though you were in a tunnel.

Visited November 2012
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