Everglades City Hotel ToursConducted by the Park Service
Big Cypress National Preserve - Join a Big Cypress ranger for a program about the wonders of the Big Cypress Swamp and the Everglades ecosystem. All activities are free. Make reservations by calling (239) 695-1201. Reservations are accepted up to 14 days in advance of the activity date.
Swamp Walks - Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., Sundays and Mondays at 1:00 p.m., starting December 27th.
Discover what's out there! This is a great way to experience the swamp! Cypress knees and sawgrass make long pants necessary. Wear sturdy shoes that you can get wet and muddy. Bring a change of pants, socks and shoes for your ride home. Limited to 20 people. 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Reservations required.
Canoe Trips - Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., starting December 27th. We'll provide the canoes or you may bring your own. These trips vary by weather, water level, tide and ranger's choice of location and duration. Knowing canoeing basics is helpful. Limited to 8 canoes. 4 hours. Reservations required.
Campfire Programs - Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. Friday - Midway Campground. Saturday - Monument Lake Campground. Topics will vary by ranger's choice. Bring a lawn chair and insect repellant (just in case). There is no need to make reservations, just drop on by.
Bicycle Trips at Bear Island - The second and forth Sunday of each month starting January 11th. Bike trips will start at 10:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of the month and at 1:00 p.m. on the forth Sunday.Bring your own sturdy bicycle. This is a great chance to spend time on your bike seeing a variety of Big Cypress habitats. Trips depart from an access point north of I-75, off Highway 29. Details will be provided when you make your reservation. Limited to 15 people. 4 hours.
H.P. Williams Picnic Area Talks - Join a ranger or a volunteer at H.P. Williams picnic area Wednesday and Sunday afternoons to learn more about your preserve's natural history. A spotting scope will be available to get a close-up look at alligators and a variety of birds. Stop by with questions and for a closer look at the wildlife that is often in the area.