The Beauty & Wildlife of Big Cypress Basin

Learn about local birds and rare animal species as you immerse yourself in the endangered habitats unique to the Big Cypress Basin on hikes with an expert naturalist.
Rating (4.67)
Program No. 23763RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The Big Cypress Basin in South Florida encompasses state parks, state preserves, a state forest, two wildlife refuges and the 729,000-acre Big Cypress National Preserve. Fewer than 2,000 people, including Seminole and Miccosukee tribes, live in the area that is known as the domain of endangered and rare Florida species, from Florida Panthers and Big Cypress Fox Squirrels to the largest black bears in North America and some of the most concentrated pools of wading birds in the world. Come discover the wildlife that rules the swamps and mangroves of the coast and islands of Collier County, Florida. On hikes with a local naturalist, look for and learn about birds of prey, alligators, otters, bobcats and manatees as you discover this wild paradise.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Hiking up to five miles each day on uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Ramble along Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, past some of the oldest bald cypress trees in the world, as you watch for warblers.
  • Hike through the largest state park in Florida and the Wild Orchid Capital of the U.S., on the lookout for panthers, mink, bears and butterflies.
  • Visit the old Florida fishing community of Goodland Village, and explore a historic trading post.

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