Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • We had a beautiful day at Big Cypress. The scenic road was in good shape. We saw many different animals and many cypress trees. Many photographic spots.  more »
  • The Welcome Center has great exhibits inside and outside. Learned a lot and saw a lot while we strolled the outdoor walking paths. Inside, Athena, the ranger on duty, was incredibly helpful in...  more »
  • My friend's, I have been going to Big Cypress National preserve since I was a child with my mother and father and with my grandmother. I truly believe it is important to get Out there and know your surroundings. Visit your local parks, your community theaters. Be part of your community. We have so much history all around us right here in Florida. I urge you all to seek it out.
  • True Florida Everglades in its natural beauty and glory. Bring your camera...get something to bring to eat or drink and tour this area. There are limited options for food and sometimes you're better to bring your sandwiches & water from Publix. Definitely check out the area...great swamp boat rides nearby. Couple of restaurants...great fishing and a fabulous area to cruise to on the Harley Davidson. Take it all in when you are looking for a new adventure. If you're bring a dog...bring a doggy bag for your refuse. Blessings...Enjoy!!! 😉😎

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