Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park

Home of the the iconic American alligator

Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities

Discover more of the Sunshine State’s wild side visiting to Big Cypress National Preserve, and nearby natural areas worth exploring.

The 729,000 acre Big Cypress National Preserve was set aside in 1974 to ensure the preservation, conservation, and protection of the natural scenic. Winter in Florida is a great time to visit Big Cypress National Preserve. With over 729,000 acres of freshwater wetlands, Big Cypress is home to an amazing variety of plants and animals, including the rare Florida panther and the iconic American alligator. The sunrise views are also outstanding.

January through March, wildlife (including alligators, river otters, songbirds, and deer) can typically be seen at dusk near the Sweetwater Strand Bridge on the Loop Road.

Custom tours with Captain Steve’s Swamp Buggy and Airboat Adventures. Captain Steve is a fifth-generation Gladesman and an authorized Big Cypress National Preserve outfitter.

Photo Credit by National Park Service.