Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee

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Established in 1974, as America’s first national preserve, the site protects over 729,000 acres of a vast freshwater swamp ecosystem, which supports the rich marine estuaries along Florida’s southwest coast.

Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a broad diversity of wildlife, including the elusive and endangered Florida panther.

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  • If you want to see lots of wildlife there are two options here. You can take the tram at one entrance and see lots of birds flying around along with baby alligators. The tram was $20 a person and well...  more »
  • We passed through the Everglades leaving Miami to reach Naples and this stop is worth a visit. At the turn of trails and small wooden pontoons, we find ourselves lost in the middle of nature: mangroves, marshes with alligators, colorful grasshoppers, plants of all kinds. Birdsong and animal noises, humid heat, it's very exotic. It's a beautiful show that nature offers us!
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  • This place is great in the winter, no bugs, no heat, just a great time looking for wildlife like gators. The Everglades are very cool, a good reason to save them. This place is so unique and the mom and pop business along the way are the stuff child hood memories are made of. If your reading this review you are likely going to or headed through big Cypress. There is no cell signal once you get away from 75 so look up some stops on maps and save an offline version. Go explore and like this review. Have fun
  • In a Hurry, low on Cash, needed an Alligator. One hour here literally next to the highway, loads of alligators during dry season feeding on fish and birds a couple times per hour! All natural (if you ignore that the 90-mile ditch was dug to make the road), FREE, nice facility, very friendly knowledgeable staff, tons of wildlife: Fish eat the Bugs, the Birds eat the fish, the Alligators eat the birds (and the Burmese Pythons eat the alligators). What more do you need?
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