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Big Cypress National Preserve

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Big Cypress National Preserve

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Diane S wrote a review Apr 2021
Miami72 contributions28 helpful votes
The Welcome Center has great exhibits inside and outside. Learned a lot and saw a lot while we strolled the outdoor walking paths. Inside, Athena, the ranger on duty, was incredibly helpful in identifying what we'd seen outside as well as directing us to other places within the preserve to stop and enjoy the natural wonder.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Janet S wrote a review Apr 2021
Kihei11 contributions3 helpful votes
We saw more gators than I have ever seen in one place -- plus great birds. If you like nature, Big Cypress offers a lot and it is not crowded.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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allthegirls2014 wrote a review Apr 2021
Naples, Florida78 contributions47 helpful votes
Just before the rainy season started, I went to check out the Preserve, specifically to drive on the Loop Road, before it became too wet. It was a fabulous afternoon. I stopped to chat with the ranger at the Welcome Center just east of Carniestown for tips and great maps. (It's important to have paper maps, as there is limited cell service within the Preserve) and asked where the gators were hanging out. I continued east on 41, stopped at the Kirby Storter Roadside Park for a nice boardwalk (herons, egrets, turtles) and then moved on to Loop road. The road is not paved except at the far northeastern end. But the drive was amazing. Alligators were everywhere, visible from the car (or you could sneak out to snap a pictures). Lots of birds: egrets, hawks, roseate spoonbills, herons. You can just pull over if you see something interesting. I was driving my sedan, but it would have been better in a taller vehicle. And afterwards, I did have to wash my car, as it definitely looked like I had been off-roading. Kept my phone charged and brought water and snacks. Wonderful drive, fabulous pictures. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Statenali wrote a review Apr 2021
Westminster, Colorado64 contributions13 helpful votes
This is a must see if you are spending time in the Everglades. An absolutely beautiful serene place. I would definitely recommend the 22 mile loop.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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mdgipsy wrote a review Mar 2021
Baltimore, Maryland960 contributions319 helpful votes
Amazing place! Almost all water ways have alligators! Lots of birds. One of the trails that ended in a pool was full of snakes! One of the loop drives was closed due to a prescribed burn, but the other was great! Dirt road with alligators catching sun alongside. We even saw another snake slithering across the road. Take snacks, drinks, and plan to spend several hours checking out the sights.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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