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“Big Cypress Park, Florida”

Big Cypress National Preserve
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$79.00*
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5 hour Private Everglades Tour with Miccosukee Airboat and Big Cypress National...
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Ochopee
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 13, 2008

This area is a park attached to the Everglades to the West and there is a nice visitor center as well as intereting walking trail before you get to the visitor center (Big Pine?).

We stopped at the boardwalk first as this is one of the first stops when you get on the Tamiami Trail. It weaved through a forest with a lot of waterways and there were tons of birds in the canopy as well as several birds, turtles and gators along the way and at the obervation deck at the end of the walk way.

The visitor center is small but there is a small waterway in front of the center that is loaded with gators, fish and wading brids that make for a nice photo-op if this is your first stop on the Tamiami Trail.

Overall there are several nice stops like this on the Tamiami Trail but if you plan to make a day of it on you trip from West to East or vice-versa you should pack a lunch and take plenty of water so you can enjoy the various stops along the way as there is little to no service along the corridor.

7  Thank buckeyetravel
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Reviewed April 5, 2008

We visited Big Cypress in March 2008. We had read about the swamp stomps offered by private guides or the National Park. We decided to give it a try and it was fabulous, not at all what we expected (we thought it would be buggy, yucky water and hard to hike). Our guide was a young national park ranger and was so enthusiastic, proud of our parks, and knowledgeable. It is a shame these hikes are only offered once a week (at least that was the schedule in March). Our group included a couple with children aged nine and four (the parents carried her for part of the time) and a middle aged man. All of us loved the hike. Although, we had not read this, it was suggested to wear long pants and tie shoes. We arrived in shorts and water shoes (tight fitting) and Teva sandals. The ranger warned that these might pull off or that the saw grass might scratch our legs, we decided to give it a try and had no problems. We were outfitted with walking sticks and trudged into the mud. The water was thigh height at the deepest. Once in the trees, the water was clear and cool. It was quiet with only the wind through the trees. The environment looked like prehistoric pictures, with wide trunked cypress trees and a variety of air plants and orchids. The ranger explained how the environment developed. We saw one alligator and simply altered our route. Afterwards, we rinsed our feet and legs off at the visitors center. Take clean clothes and a towel.

9  Thank cindywv
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Reviewed March 2, 2007

A great place to see a great number of alligators in a confined area. There is a long boardwalk outside of the visitors center with a park volunteer to assist in answering questions.

Inside the visitor center is a 12 minute video about the preserve. It is extremely informative, though a little dated.

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Reviewed January 1, 2018
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