Operating Hours & Seasons
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.
From time to time, the superintendent implements area closures to protect resources, or to ensure visitor safety. When necessary, park rangers will issue citations to persons violating the terms of a closure.
The Big Cypress Welcome Center (closed on Tuesdays) and the Oasis Visitor Center (closed on Wednesdays) are open six days per week from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Both facilities are closed December 25. For more information on visitor centers at the Preserve, please click here.
The Off-road Vehicle Permit Office located at Oasis Visitor Center is open Thursday through Monday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The office is closed December 25.
The Preserve Headquarters Office, located in Ochopee, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The office is closed on all federal holidays.
Did You Know?
Within the preserve, the HP Williams and Oasis Wildlife Viewing Platforms are popular areas to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically from January through May. Remeber not to feed or approach these dangerous animals.