Oasis Visitor Center

a building with an airplane on posts above it
Before it was a visitor center, the Oasis Visitor Center was a service station complete with a Lockheed Constellation on top.  Pictured in 1973.

Built in the 1960s, this building was once a private airport with a hanger and restaurant. It was rather eye-catching from the road due to the passenger plane mounted to its roof as decoration. Later it was a service station. The building was eventually purchased by the National Park Service in the 1980s to be used as a visitor center.

Today, the building serves as the Oasis Visitor Center. Inside, there are exhibits related to the natural and cultural history of the preserve, educational materials, sales items, and an introductory film. National Park Service staff are available to assist visitors with information about available activities.


Art Exhibitions & Demonstrations
Art exhibits are often on display in the auditorium throughout the year. Exhibits changes, so check out what is currently on display.

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.

Big Cypress Oasis Visitor Center
The modern visitor center.

NPS Photo


52105 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, Florida 34141

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


Off-Road Vehicle Office (Please note: The off-road vehicle office at Oasis Visitor Center is not open at this time. Permits and inspections will occur on a first come first served basis at Preserve Headquarters (33100 Tamiami Trail East. Ochopee, FL 34141) on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays* from 8:00am -12:00pm. For questions relating to off-road vehicle use, please call 239-695-1117.) The off-road vehicle office is where visitors are issued a permit to drive off-road vehicles in the national preserve. Vehicle inspections and payment are performed at this office.

*The off-road vehicle office will be closed Friday Nov 26th, Friday Dec 24th, Saturday Dec 25th, and Saturday Jan 1st. No off-road vehicle permits will be issued on these days.


Please click on the image below for a virtual tour!

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

Last updated: November 24, 2021

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33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee , FL 34141


239 695-2000

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