33000 Tamiami Trail E.
Ochopee, FL 34141

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Sunset in the Big Cypress - photo by Elam Stoltzfus

The preserve provides regularly scheduled Ranger-led swamp walks, canoe/kayak trips, bike rides and other special activities and events throughout the winter season. Check website for schedules and call the Visitor Center to make reservations.

The preserve's Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is an interagency center for all public lands within the Big Cypress Swamp. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits, educational materials, and an introductory film to the swamp and its recreational opportunities. Florida National Parks Association bookstore, gift shop, public restrooms, information about ranger-led activities. Wildlife viewing area behind the center. 

Details & Amenities


Natural Wildlife Viewing


Green Listing

Disabled Traveler Information

ADA Compliant

Facility Amenities

Bus Parking
Gift Shop
Picnic Area

General Information

Dates Closed: Christmas Day
Driving time to nearby lodging: 10 minutes
Hours: Preserve: 24 hours; Visitor Center: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open Year-Round

Guest Information

Family Friendly

Information/Services Provided

Maps Available
Multilingual Materials Available
National Parks & Preserves

Pet Information

Pets on Leash Allowed

Rate Information

Free Admission

Tour Information

Guided Tours
Self-Guided tours
Tour Schedule: November through April


Hiking/Nature Trails
National Park
Nature Interpretive Center
Nature Preserve
Nature-Based Attraction
Protected Species Habitat
Swamp Buggies