Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee

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Big Cypress National Preserve is a United States National Preserve located in southern Florida, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Miami. The 720000acre Big Cypress, along with Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas, became the first national preserves in the United States National Park System when they were established on October 11, 1974. In 2008, Florida film producer Elam Stoltzfus featured the preserve in a PBS documentary.Geography and history of establishmentBig Cypress borders the wet freshwater prairies of Everglades National Park to the south, and other state and federally protected cypress country in the west, with water from the Big Cypress flowing south and west into the coastal Ten Thousand Islands region of Everglades National Park. When Everglades National Park was established in 1947, Big Cypress was originally intended to be included; however, because the land had not been purchased from its private owners, Big Cypress was ultimately released from the park system.ClimateBig Cypress has a tropical savannah climate . Days are some of the hottest in Florida. January has an average high of 78.4 and August has an average high of 94.0 while Miami only averages 76.1 and 90.7. However, nights cool down into the 50s in winter. Means range from 66.5 in January to 84.7 in August. Highs exceed 90 on 159 days per year, while they fall below 70 on just 10. Hardiness zone is 10A, with an average annual minimum of 34. The lowest recorded maximum was 48 in 2010, while the highest minimum on record was 89 in 2005.
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  • Small bridge to the animals observe very beautiful small complex directly on the Highway 41.. With a little luck, you can see the Gators and watch. Birds it has very many to the watch. Very nice. Insert the necessarily small stop.
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  • Pros: Saw a couple of alligators, lots of fish, some birds, lizards, spiders, and grasshoppers/locusts. the boardwalk was very scenic and easy to walk. Cons: Visitor center closed at 4:30. Scenic road...  more »
  • When we popped in at the Oasis Visitor Center on Route 41, I explained we were short of time and what would she recommend if we only have an hour or two. She advised us to drive the Loop Road that sta...  more »

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