Basicinfo

Big Cypress National Preserve, Oasis Visitor Center
52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141
239-695-1201

Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center
33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141
239-695-4757

Big Cypress National Preserve Headquarters
33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141
239-695-1103

Big Cypress is located along the Tamiami Trail East and I-75 in southern Florida. The preserve can be accessed by driving from Miami and Naples. The preserves two visitor centers are located along Tamiami Trail East.

Big Cypress National Preserve

The preserve is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The Oasis Visitor Center and the Welcome Center are closed on December 25th. No fee is charged for access to the preserve.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: -
  • Monday: -
  • Tuesday: -
  • Wednesday: -
  • Thursday: -
  • Friday: -
  • Saturday: -

Big Cypress National Preserve experiences two predominant seasons- wet and dry. RAINY SEASON (May through October) While visiting during this season you may find daily afternoon thunderstorms, high humidity, temperatures in the mid - to - high 80s and a multitude of mosquitoes. DRY SEASON (November through April) Falling water levels within the Big Cypress make this a pleasant time to hike, camp, and watch wildlife. For more information visit http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/weather.htm

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Fee - $0.00

There is no entrance fee for Big Cypress National Preserve

Welcome Center

Dedicated in 2010, the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is an interagency center for all public lands within the Big Cypress Swamp. The facility was designed with energy conservation in mind, making maximum use of renewable resources. The welcome center offers indoor and outdoor exhibits related to the natural and cultural history of the Big Cypress Swamp, educational materials and an introductory film to the swamp, its resources and recreational opportunities. Its auditorium is available to reserve.

Oasis Visitor Center

This 1960s building was once a private airport with a hangar and restaurant. It was eye-catching from the road due to the passenger plane mounted to its roof. It was eventually purchased by the National Park Service in the 1980s. Today, there are exhibits related to the natural and cultural history of the preserve, educational materials, sales items, and an introductory film. The off-road vehicle office is here, where visitors are issued permits to drive off-road vehicles in the national preserve.

 

Be Prepared

Visiting Big Cypress National Preserve is an exciting experience and memories that are accumulated can last a lifetime. It is important to prepare for weather, wildlife, and to be flexible as you spend time in this truly wild and special place.

Please take some time exploring this website to learn more about America's first national preserve.

  • Travel Green - Get tips on making your vacation a sustainable journey.
  • Goods & Services- Find out where you can camp and what food is available this remote area.
  • Weather- Be prepared for a wide range of conditions.
  • Pets- Pets are welcome at Big Cypress, but be sure to read up on where they may and may not go.
  • Stay Safe - With limited cell coverage, read up on how to stay safe in remote areas and in the chance of a wildlife encounter.

Last updated: December 26, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141

Phone:

(239) 695-2000

Contact Us