Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center

Welcome Center at night

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. Please click here to learn more about how the welcome center thinks green.

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.

Available Facilities
Florida National Parks Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms. National Park Service staff are available to assist visitors with information about available activities.

Inside the exhibit area


33000 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, Florida 34141

The center is approximately five miles east of State Road 29 on the Tamiami Trail.

Open daily, 9:00-4:30 pm. The welcome center is closed December 25.

Welcome center auditorium

Auditorium Reservations

Are you searching for a facility to hold your upcoming meeting? The welcome center's auditorium is available for reservation!
Please click here to learn more.

Art Exhibitions & Demonstrations
Art exhibits are often on display in the auditorium throughout the year. A new photography exhibited tilled " A Journey Across the Greater Everglades" by local artist Sandee Harraden will be on display starting December 20th. Please click here to learn more about artwork in the preserve.


Click on the image below for a virtual tour!

Click on the image for a virtual tour of the welcome center!

Last updated: September 30, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141


(239) 695-2000

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