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Big Cypress National Preserve Tours

Big Cypress National Preserve, a 720,000-acre (2,900 sq. km) area, was one of the first national preserves in the United States when it was established in 1974. Not technically part of the Everglades, but bordering it to the south, Big Cypress preserve is the most biologically diverse region of the terrestrial Everglades. Composed primarily of a wet cypress forest, it is home to a wide array of flora and fauna including mangroves, orchids, alligators, venomous snakes, a variety of birds, the Florida panther and the Florida Black Bear. The preserve is also home to several endangered species such as the West Indian Manatee, the eastern indigo snake and the Florida Sandhill Crane.

With twelve campgrounds, some of the area’s best hikes and a long-established hunting scene (white-tailed deer, hogs and turkeys are abundant), Big Cypress provides plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors. The southern terminus of the Florida National Scenic Trail is located in Big Cypress, which is ideal for hiking in the winter months.

For the more intrepid hiker, trekking through Big Cypress is pleasant year-round; cypress country is a bit more welcoming to hikers than the dense sawgrass prairies that you’ll find in the Everglades. Rangers often lead hikes in the dry winter months, as well as canoe trips and bicycle tours. Other tours include swamp buggy tours, pole boat tours and backcountry fishing.

Practical Info

Big Cypress National Preserve is open 24 hours a day, year-round. Visitors can enter or exit at any time. To stay overnight, visitors must be in a designated campground site or in the backcountry with a valid permit. The Big Cypress Welcome Center (closed on Tuesdays) and the Oasis Visitor Center (closed on Wednesdays) are open six days per week from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Both facilities are closed December 25. There is no entrance fee to enter the preserve.

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

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Explore the wilderness of the Everglades on a full day adventure from Ft Lauderdale. With your naturalist guide, take a thrilling airboat tour in Everglades ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $159.00
1-Hour Airboat Ride and Nature Walk with Naturalist in Everglades National Park, Miami, Eco Tours
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1-Hour Airboat Ride and Nature Walk with Naturalist in Everglades National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

With an expert naturalist guide, go on an amazing nature walk in Everglades National Park. Immerse yourself in the beauty of different ecosystems in the actual ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $135.00
Private Tour: Everglades Sightseeing at Big Cypress National Preserve, Miami, Airboat Tours
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Private Tour: Everglades Sightseeing at Big Cypress National Preserve

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Let us take you on an Everglades Adventure!  This tour includes both a Jeep tour of Big Cypress National Preserve and a private one hour airboat ride.  We are ...  Read more

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $319.93
Half Day Private Everglades Tour with Miccosukee Airboat and Big Cypress National Preserve, Miami, ... 
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Half Day Private Everglades Tour with Miccosukee Airboat and Big Cypress National Preserve

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This tour goes deeper into the Everglades to Big Cypress National Preserve with the most wildlife and forest, including: An airboat ride to a Miccosukee tree ...  Read more

Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Full day Everglades, Big Cypress and 10,000 Islands, Airboat and Boat Ride, Miami, Private ... 
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Full day Everglades, Big Cypress and 10,000 Islands, Airboat and Boat Ride

No other Miami operators go past the airboats, missing the best parts!  This tour visits: Everglades National Park Miccosukee Reservation Big Cypress ...  Read more

Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00
Private Buggy and Walking Tour Through the Everglades, Everglades National Park, Eco Tours
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Private Buggy and Walking Tour Through the Everglades

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

On this private 3-hour tour, you will ride and walk through the heart of the Big Cypress National Preserve on this combination tour of the Everglades. With ...  Read more

Location: Ochopee, Florida
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $132.49
Everglades Walking Tour, Everglades National Park, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Everglades Walking Tour

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Get ready for an Everglades adventure on this 90-minute walking tour of Florida's Everglades. This tour great for those who want to explore deeper, sloshing ...  Read more

Location: Ochopee, Florida
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $33.00
Small-Group Tour: Florida Everglades Swamp Walking Eco-Tour, Everglades National Park, Walking Tours
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Small-Group Tour: Florida Everglades Swamp Walking Eco-Tour

Experience the Everglades with a “Swamp Walk” in Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve or Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park with one of our knowledgeable ...  Read more

Location: Naples, Florida
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $105.95
Full-Day Everglades Naturalist-Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, and Airboat, Miami, Eco Tours
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Full-Day Everglades Naturalist-Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, and Airboat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore the real Everglades on a full-day guided tour, led by an experienced master naturalist. Take a 1-hour, guided boat tour of the beautiful 10,000 ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $209.00
Everglades Swamp Walk with a Naturalist and Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour, Miami, Eco Tours
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Everglades Swamp Walk with a Naturalist and Ten Thousand Islands Boat Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This incredible small-group eco adventure starts with an amazing swamp walk with a Florida Master Naturalist. Big Cypress is the most biologically diverse ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $295.00

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