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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  • Just wonderful! So many alligators, waterfowl and turtles can be found and discovered. Really great and a bit exciting. Dare it worth it and get used to the sight without a fence in between
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  • visit to discover grandiose spaces, wildlife and exceptional flora, a fabulous journey through beautiful landscapes.
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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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