Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 48+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Big Cypress in 3-5 hours.
Once downloaded, your tour begins on the outskirts of Miami, right near the entrance to the Big Cypress National Preserve. As you drive, you’ll first pass the Miccosukee Indian Village and hear about the history of indigenous people in south Florida. Then you’ll get a feel for more recent history, like the artist who put this landscape on the map.
The first trail you’ll see is the Tree Snail Hammock Trail, where you can spot rare snails known as “living jewels.” Beyond that is the secluded Loop Road. Cruising through the lush greenery, you’ll learn about the history of the road, including grand plans for a new Miami.
Gator Hook Trail, up next, offers adventure-seekers a chance to actually wade into the swamp and really immerse themselves in this verdant wilderness. Around here, you’ll also get familiar with a 1960s plan to build an airport over Big Cypress, and what happened to that scheme.
Then you’ll see Kirby Storter Roadside Park, one of the preserve’s most iconic attractions. Featuring a boardwalk through a lush forest, this is one you won’t want to miss!
Another roadside park waits just ahead, known as one of the best spots around to spot some local wildlife. Beyond that is the ever-quirky “smallest post office in America,” where you’ll certainly want to pick up an unusual souvenir!
Finally, you’ll arrive at the Nathaniel P. Reed Visitor Center, where your tour will conclude.
Stroll along boardwalks which wind through verdant subtropical scenery
Keep your eyes on the skies for a look at eagles, herons, and more
Dig into the history of Big Cypress and the activists who saved the swamp
Visit an “alligator hole” that’s perfect for spotting wildlife
Tour with no fixed schedule, totally on your own time
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