Things To Do

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The magic and beauty of Big Cypress National Preserve is yours to discover.

Big Cypress National Preserve provides a variety of opportunities to enjoy and explore natural landscapes and environments like no others. The Preserve acts as the back yard for millions of residents and visitors in South Florida. A place to play, relax, and renew your connection with nature. Join us in enjoying your public lands responsibly.

Don't want to do it on your own? Commercial swamp buggy, airboat, canoe, kayak, flat boat, hiking, and driving tours are also available through permitted commercial service operators. Check the list of operators and the recreational services they provide.

Celebrate the night sky on your own or through Ranger Astronomy Nights.
View One of the Eastern US Darkest Skies

Big Cypress National Preserve is a designated International Dark Sky Site.

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Ranger-guided Activities

Discovery hikes, boardwalk talks, and interpretive canoe programs.Get out of the car and get into the real Big Cypress National Preserve

People kayak on Turner River in Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress Institute Exploration Trips

The Big Cypress Institute offers unique experiences to families, individuals, and education groups seeking adventure and discovery fun.

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From an easy stroll to an all-day trek, get out and explore Big Cypress National Preserve on foot!

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Explore by Canoe or Kayak

Explore the special beauty of Big Cypress National Preserve from the water. Find out more about paddling your way through the preserve.

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Camping at Big Cypress

With 8 campgrounds to choose from you can find your perfect campsite.

A classic Florida swamp buggy driving on a rugged dirt trail
Off-Road Vehicles

A unique and old way to experience the preserve. Find out how to get your permit and hit the trails.

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Scenic Drives

Two popular scenic drives get you off the highways and into the wild side of Big Cypress National Preserve.

Last updated: January 17, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141


239 695-2000

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