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Big Cypress National Preserve

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Address: 33100 Tamiami Trl E, Ochopee, FL 34141-1000
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+1 239-695-2000
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Land of biological diversity, measuring 729,000 acres, combines a mix of...

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.

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Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale

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Great Place to See Alligators

We needed a place to stretch or legs after driving for a spell. Nice visitor center and walkway to see alligators. Picnic area too.

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Holland, Michigan
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Holland, Michigan
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We needed a place to stretch or legs after driving for a spell. Nice visitor center and walkway to see alligators. Picnic area too.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Did the Loop Road early May. Alligators galore right from the start. But unfortunately most of them in small water ponds with only little amounts of water it. Due to the draught it was too dry and after substantial rainfall the drive would have been even more impressive. but it makes sense to do the trip and enjoy nature so... More 

Thank Hajo W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came to the Big Cypress Preserve in order to see my very first ever wild alligator and of course it didn't take long to find one. There are quite a few stops along the road to keep you busy. I also started off on the Alligator Hook trail but returned about half way as I really didn't like the path... More 

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Hayward, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center and picked up maps of the two self-guided auto tours. The maps describe various stops along the routes and are very helpful. Both routes will allow sightings of alligators and the different birds. The Turner River Road tour is on a rough, mostly unpaved road. This is a prairie area with... More 

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Overland Park
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The loop road may seem boring if you don't take your time and stop. There are tons of gators on the side strands and waters off the road. It felt more relaxed than the commercial airboats too. The trees are interesting filled with bromeliads. It took us over 2 hrs to drive the 24 miles. If you plan on the... More 

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Englewood, Florida
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

Had an enjoyable day with a 2 hr drive to do the Loop Rd thru the park. Although most of the road is a dirt road, if you go slow enough, it's not too bad. It is about 20 miles long but the last 6 miles are paved. We saw many alligators, birds and scenery. We really enjoyed it.

Thank beachgirl-711-12
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

If travelling along through the Everglades along the Tamiami trail, stop at the Oasis visitor centre-as soon as you enter the car park you can see dozens of alligators in the waters alongside the road. Walkways allow you to get 'closer' to see them. The visitor centre has talks/exhibits for more info on the area.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

We enjoyed stopping here at the visitors center. There are many displays to read and interact with. There were two employees here this day that answered our questions about the area. We enjoyed going out on the walkway and searching for manatees, but we didn't see any. But in days prior they had seen them in the water at this... More 

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Howell, Michigan
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

If you are a nature lover and a bird watcher this is heaven for you! We so enjoyed this drive and it was well worth it. We did not dress well for this adventure and should not wear sandals and flip flops. I was particularly interested in getting some gators in my photos but they were hiding. It was rather... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

saw tons of wildlife from this scenic drive. it will probably take 2 hrs to do the 25 mile loop but it is worth it. go out on sunny humid afternoon and do get out of the car to enjoy the sights and sounds of the pristine forest

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