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We stopped at Big Cypress National Preserve on our way to Orlando after spending the morning at the Gulf Coast side of Everglades National Park.
First we stopped at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, got my pins and walked out on their boardwalk to see if we could spot manatees. They weren’t there. so we drove about a half-hour further down Tamiami Trail to the Oasis Visitor Center.
At this visitor center, we learned about the rare Florida panther and in the swamp in front of the center, we saw more alligators than we’d seen all morning in the Everglades. And some turtles too!
Location: 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141
Designation: National Preserve
Date NPS designation declared: 10/04/1974
Date of my visit: April 2016