Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Everglades Day Safari from Fort Lauderdale

1. Everglades Day Safari from Fort Lauderdale

Explore the subtropical wilderness of the Everglades on Florida’s finest eco-tour with the Everglades Day Safari. The safari includes narrated transportation from Fort Lauderdale to the four main ecosystems of the Everglades. First take a 45-minute airboat ride through the sawgrass prairie of the Everglades. Here you will see alligators, turtles and dozens of species of birds. Enjoy a wildlife drive in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Tour the sawgrass prairies of the Everglades backcountry. Alligators, turtles and birds abound in front of a backdrop that is reminiscent of the great plains of Africa. Next, take a nature walk through an ancient forest of towering cypress. This area is home to bromiliads, orchids and a variety of colorfully adorned flora. During the afternoon break you will enjoy an excellent lunch at a waterside restaurant in the heart of the Everglades. You will be offered alligator appetizers in addition to several delicious lunch entrees. Relax and check out the scenery aboard a 60-minute boat cruise after lunch. The cruise navigates the shallow, mangrove-lined waters of the 10,000 Islands in the Everglades National Park. Manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, osprey and a variety of other marine life thrive here. Tours depart daily with several convenient pickups at many hotels along Fort Lauderdale Beach and Fort Lauderdale starting at 7:15 am. Tours are limited to small groups and reservations are required.

Miami: Everglades Full-Day Tour with 2 Boat Trips and Lunch

2. Miami: Everglades Full-Day Tour with 2 Boat Trips and Lunch

Benefit from pickup at a pre-arranged location, and then travel in comfort to Everglades National Park. Climb aboard a boat on arrival to take a 1-hour cruise through the pristine freshwaters. Look for native bird and animal species in their natural environment, including roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, manatees, and dolphins.  Then, travel to the heart of the Everglades by airboat, and enjoy an exclusive visit to a Native American tree island village only accessible from the water. Hear how the Miccosukee have survived in the harsh environment, and go for a hike in Big Cypress National Preserve or Everglades National Park. Feast on a delicious lunch of local produce, discover an historic trading post, see the smallest post office in the US, and visit the art gallery of a famous local artist. Get dropped off at your hotel, the airport, or cruise port to end your amazing experience. 

Everglades: 2 Hour Private Guided Walk

3. Everglades: 2 Hour Private Guided Walk

Whether on the highlands or the wetlands of The Big Cypress National Preserve or Everglades National Park, being one with nature is the most adventurous tour one will ever take in the Florida Everglades. This vastly preserved eco-system will surprise even the most educated biologist/naturalist visiting.  This walking tour will keep you in awe as you venture through the umbrellaed cool water, cross-grass, rock, cypress trees, vegetation, Spanish moss and fern trails. This North American “Amazon” will have you seeing breath taking views of beautiful and exotic flowers, trees and animal life found nowhere else in the world. From the exclusive panther to the wood knocking red cockaded woodpecker to the rare red fox squirrel. The Cypress is filled with living organism and fascinating living organism.  So step out of the city and go for a adventure walk ! 

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What people are saying about Big Cypress National Preserve

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 138 reviews

We had an absolutely great day with our guide Marc! He was just able to explain so many plants, animals and events in the area to us. He was also able to answer every question we had in great detail. Marc is a very courteous, polite and funny guide who made this tour a top-class experience! Highly Recommended!!! Therefore 5 stars are a must!

Beautiful tour! You didn't have to think about anything, drinks and snacks were always available. All guides were very nice and you could tell they had fun showing the Everglades!

Excellent value for money trip focused on actually visiting the Everglades and learn stories and history from many different perspectives. Enjoyed it very much.

My friends and I thought the tour was outstanding from beginning to end.

Very well organized tour, with a very competent guide