Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • daisymae531
    Minnesota424 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Everglades MUST
    The sweetest park Ranger lady worked at Big Cypress. She was so kind, helpful, and knowledgeable. If it wasn’t for her, we would have missed out on so much of Everglades National park! She guided us in all the right directions. Told is where to view the alligators and The Shark Valley tram! Do the wagon-wheel wildlife loop (stay in your car or you may be bit by a snake! You will see everything from gators, snakes, birds, turtles, you name it! Please stop and ask this wonderful ranger questions! Amazing way to begin your way Everglades adventure!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Joane v
    New Orleans, Louisiana8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bass Lake wet walk - Big Cypress National Preserve
    I did the wet walk (2 hrs) at Bass Lake with rangers CHERYL & JESSICA. Cheryl's presentation and information was impressive. She is a natural born story teller. Our walk was safe and very interesting. We learned so much about cypress domes, prairie marshes, subtropical vegetation and the animals that live in the everglades. I would highly recommend this tour. Book through the Reeds Visitor Centre 1-239-695-4758. The tour was free.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Margaret S
    Marco Island, Florida30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Swamp wonders wet walk
    My husband and I plus seven others went on this adventure.3 of the others were children who look to range in age from 10 to 41/2. The two guides, Cody & Maisha (misspelled,sorry) were excellent with the different age ranges and extremely patient with the children. It was very interesting to get into the swamp, learn the history and importance of the area and see how important the swamp ecosystem is. We enjoyed our walk and would recommend it to other. It doesn’t cost anything! All you do is make the reservation with a phone call.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2024
  • Michele H
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Canoeing with Gators
    Easy walks around the boardwalks to see alligators, fish, turtles and birds. Still very wet at the end of March so no hikes for us. Was able to participate in the Ranger led Canoe outing on the Turner River! Awesome experience and great information from Ranger Brett! Favorite things my kids (10,8) did on this trip! Paddling past the alligators and seeing them swim in the river was amazing!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 3, 2024
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Janie S
Las Vegas, NV32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The preserve itself is beautiful and amazing. I could have spent the whole day there. Read the self guided brochure before you walk it if you aren’t taking a guided tour. It will give you some tips you won’t otherwise know. The downside is the people who aren’t respectful. There is to be no jogging, power walking, cell phone conversations or loud talking. We encountered this behavior all the way through the preserve. So the chances of seeing wildlife are greatly diminished.
Written January 21, 2020
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jane
New York149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We tried to begin our visit by going to the Oasis Visitor Center, but unfortunately there was a sign on the door saying it was closed for a couple weeks even though the website said it was open. There is a boardwalk along a canal in front of the building where we did see quite a few gators of all sizes. Anyway, we backtracked and drove the Loop Road, which was fabulous. Driving through the woods we saw so much wildlife, and had several opportunities to slow down and pull over to lean out the window and get pictures. It's a gravel road so you can't drive too fast, so it will take a decent amount of time to travel the route, but definitely worth it.
Written May 15, 2022
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404HappyTraveller
Saskatchewan, Canada482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We stopped as we drove along on our way to Everglades City and points beyond. It was very informative, with well done displays and easy to follow information. There is a great boardwalk just outside the front doors that you can walk along and view all sorts of birds and fish jumping as they feed, as well as quite a number of alligators basking in the sunshine. It’s a really good way to spend an hour or so, stretch your legs and stop in as you travel by.
Written January 15, 2020
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Minnesota42
Osseo, MN225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This is a great day trip. The park is free and that is a plus for those who don’t want to pay to go into the Everglades Park. The big loop drive is very much like dodging winter potholes on Minnesota roads. It is unpaved and full of places that need to be driven over slowly, but you will see some awesome areas of cypress and alligators sunning themselves. The Oasis Visitor Center main building may not be open at all times, but the bathrooms and boardwalk are there. The boardwalk is awesome! There were so many alligators, birds and fish to view. The welcome center boardwalk had a manatee that was visiting in the waterways.
Written February 9, 2023
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Teardrop Trailer Traveler
United States779 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Big Cypress National Preserve is large and fairly remote. I started my visit at the Oasis Visitor Center. I only stopped in the building long enough to stamp my National Park passport book, as I arrived much later than I wanted and the visitor center was about to close. There was a short boardwalk by the visitor center, so I walked that. It runs along a little body of water, which was filled with fish. I also saw several alligators in the water.

After leaving the visitor center, I drove down the road to a nearby trail, with another boardwalk. I did a portion of the trail. The boardwalk begins as grassland, but the enters the cypress trees for which the preserve is named.

I would have liked to have gone further on the trail and to have driven the loop road back, but it was getting dark. I did find the portion of the trail that I walked quiet lovely and it was a great spot for photography. Big Cypress was definitely worth the drive.
Written July 30, 2022
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allthegirls2014
Naples, FL103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
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.
Written April 19, 2021
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The Pidge
Wayne, NJ593 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Big Cypress is comprised of quite a bit, and therefore it can be enjoyed whether one has little or a lot of time. I spent time on the boardwalks at the Nathaniel P. Reed and Oasis Visitor Centers, strolling the elevated viewing platforms and getting as close as I ever hope to get to gators on the latter (it was amazing seeing one floating down the waterway mere feet from where I was standing). I also spent some time on the longer boardwalk at the Kirby Storter Roadside Park in between the two (where I felt a sense of beautiful isolation unlike any I've ever experienced) and enjoyed one of the many scenic drives off Tamiami Trail. Everything is free- an added bonus.
Written December 1, 2021
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Kim B
Florida73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We took the drive to the Preserve and had a wonderful day in nature. The alligators were out everywhere just relaxing and sunning themselves. The road we turned onto was 24 miles of nature (Loop Road)...Alligators, birds, lush plants. I love seeing nature as it should be! No need for binoculars because they are just right by the road. Stop your car, take a picture, watch them and drive another 20 feet and repeat! The folks working there were very knowledge and friendly! Bonus!
Written March 28, 2023
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Carl W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great nature walk! So interesting. Birds, snakes, fish and even an alligator. So many different trees and plants. We went twice. Felt like you were in a church, the beauty and the quite. Everyone was whispering not wanting to disturb nature, all but the few kids. 😊 It can be good for kids if them can talk a bit quietly.
Written February 29, 2020
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ohsuzyq10
Cleveland, OH478 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We finished up our Everglades tour down the road from Big Cypress and decided to stop here as a sidebar. We should have allowed more time. The Visitors Center is small but there is a great video about panthers, well worth watching. Plus the rangers do a twice a day nature lecture that we just happened to be there in time to hear. The people at the desk are quite knowledgeable and ready to dispense information about the trails, boardwalks and what we might want to see. We only had time to do one of the board walks but saw several alligators and birds in their natural habitat. If you choose this venue, don't rush but plan to spend several hours taking in the sights and sounds of nature.
Written February 28, 2020
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