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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  • AlexFigram
    San Juan, Puerto Rico73 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peacefully beautiful
    Peaceful place. I visited the Big Cypress National Reserve with a group from Everglades Day Safari tours. The trail is an elevated wood deck so you get to see everything from safe distance. It’s very quiet, just nature sounds.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Kim B
    Florida26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature, the way it should be!
    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!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2023
  • daisymae531
    Minnesota379 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Joane v
    New Orleans, Louisiana6 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 January 2024
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Margaret S
Marco Island, FL32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 28 February 2024
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The5Adventurers
Columbia, SC35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This is an amazing place and we loved going on the Ranger tours for the wet walk and the canoe trip (we suggest you do not sit on the cushions or you may fall in). I love to visit National Parks, and I really enjoy those that show natural habitats and surroundings. The Park rangers are fabulous and if you can get one named Cheryl, she can tell you all about the biology while on the wet walk.
Written 16 January 2024
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Joane v
New Orleans, LA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 6 January 2024
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Chase P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This place is incredible the drive is awesome I'm sure on a nicer day you would see alligators everywhere we did get to see a handful and one of them was at least 10 ft right next to the road birds are everywhere recommend this over the national Park but there are a lot of trails in the national Park that are short to walk five stars all the way on Big Cypress
Written 1 January 2024
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Sharon P
Port Charlotte, FL129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The loop trail offered an easy way to see some of the preserve, though the road was pretty rough. The scenery on this route did not have a great deal of variety, but it was a nice few hours.
Written 21 October 2023
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daisymae531
Minnesota379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
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!
Written 19 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kim B
Florida26 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 28 March 2023
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Starviagera
Florida2,126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Tons of alligators. That was most of the wildlife we saw. I thought an extensive place like this would be teaming with birds, raccoons and many things, but no, mainly alligators
Written 19 March 2023
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SuperDave
Brandon, Canada120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Alligators sunning/swimming, gar fish, great blue heron, snowy egret, palm warbler, double-crested cormorants in the trees. Very peaceful.
Written 8 March 2023
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AlexFigram
San Juan, Puerto Rico73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Peaceful place. I visited the Big Cypress National Reserve with a group from Everglades Day Safari tours. The trail is an elevated wood deck so you get to see everything from safe distance. It’s very quiet, just nature sounds.
Written 6 March 2023
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