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Address: Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee, Ochopee, FL
Phone Number: 2396951201
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Private Tour: Everglades Sightseeing at Big Cypress National Preserve
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Alligators!

This is an amazing thing to do but you have to keep your eyes open and look for the alligators - this is natural habitat after all! We saw several including one huge one that was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing thing to do but you have to keep your eyes open and look for the alligators - this is natural habitat after all! We saw several including one huge one that was laying still at the bottom of the water and we nearly missed it until we got out of the car to take a photo.... More 

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amersfoort
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we drove a 4x4, my impression is you can do this easily with a saloon car, at least we encountered several on our way. Do not expect a trip with scenic views over the swamps because you drive all the time between the trees. Gator spotting can best be done at the many small ponds which have yellow markers.... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You do see a great deal by doing this but be warned, the road is full of potholes and most saloon style hire cars are not really suited to it. You certainly get close to the swamp but I wouldn't want to breakdown or get a puncture.

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Thank Hemmo1968
Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have seen a lot of alligators when we drove this road. You have to stop from time to time and search for the animals next to the road. It was a great experience and very comfortable because it's easy to drive with the car. There is no fee and not to many people.

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Thank DominikHoltkamp
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

I saw multiple gators up close on the side of this long gravel road. There were large and small birds in pretty much every roadside pond on a cloudy day. Great wildlife photo opps! Make sure your tires aren't flat and are in good shape before driving through here! This is what the glades are all about. Memorable drive. :)

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Grinnell, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

I didn't see any gators, but there were plenty of biting bugs that kept me from opening car windows or stepping out to take pictures. Still, I had the road almost entirely to myself and could stop regularly. Fortunately, the dirt road covering 2/3 of the route was dry, so the going was pretty good. A relaxing way to spend... More 

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Ardmore, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Great drive to see gators. Saw more here than on our airboat ride. The water is so clear that we saw several fish. We saw a gar eat another small fish. Our teens loved it! Was a great way to see nature and take a break from the 99 degree heat.

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2 Thank Jennifer W
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

The cypress swamp is interesting in the small parts you can see, but it's a dirt road with limited views. Also, it's not well marked nor is the road paved. The highlight of this road was seeing an alligator just walk across the road.

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Stuttgart
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We decided to try the loop, as we wanted to wander away from the busy Tamiami trail, and we did not regret it. The road is in very good condition and the speed limit allows for a nice cruise through this part of the part. Just stop at pretty much every bridge or water-crossing and you will see gators in... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We drove the loop road on our way from Everglades City to Key Largo. It was amazing! Gravel road but well maintained and easy to drive. We hopped out of the car numerous times to spot alligators in the mangroves on the side of the road. We also saw an abundance of birds, snakes, swamp rabbits, turtles and other wildlife.... More 

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