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Loop Road
Loop Road

Loop Road

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Loop Road is a scenic one-lane road that provides a two-hour detour from the Tamiami Trail, taking travelers through picturesque cypress marshes along a primitive road. This 25-mile stretch through Big Cypress National Preserve is rich with history and wildlife and folklore, a sort of Wild West of Florida for those who eschewed civilization well into the 1950s and 60s. Fact: Al Capone had a hunting lodge here during the Depression.

The eastern end of Loop Road is paved, with the pavement ending at the Loop Road Environmental Education, run by the National Park, where you can walk the Tree Snail Hammock Nature Trail or stop for a picnic. After this point, the road turns into gravel, but it has been recently upgraded, making it easier on cars than it has been in the past. There are several hikes on the Loop in addition to the Tree Snail Hammock Trail for folks wanting to stretch their legs, as well as a few campsites.

The reason most people cruise the Loop Road is for the wildlife and one of the prettiest spots is just west of the center point at Sweetwater Strand. Massive cypress trees stand sentinel around freshwater pools, creating a haven for wildlife. Visitors might see deer, otter, black bears or even a bobcat; alligators are plentiful. A rich array of bird life includes ibis, wood stork, egret, great blue heron, cormorant and anhinga.

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Full-Day Everglades Naturalist-Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, and Airboat

Full-Day Everglades Naturalist-Led Adventure: Cruise, Hike, and Airboat

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Explore the real Everglades with a master naturalist on this full-day adventure. Enjoy a Ten Thousand Islands boat tour to spot birds, manatees, and dolphins; and a master-naturalist-led dry nature hike in Big Cypress National Preserve. Also included are a 1-hour airboat ride far from land into the River of Grass; a visit to a Native tree island village only accessible via boat; time at a historical trading post, and lunch.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Day Everglades: Wet Walk with a Naturalist and Two 1-Hour Boat Trips

Full Day Everglades: Wet Walk with a Naturalist and Two 1-Hour Boat Trips

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Go deep into Big Cypress National Preserve on a small-group wet walk led by a Florida Master Naturalist, then take an hour-long boat trip through the Ten Thousand Islands of Everglades National Park. With a naturalist guide you will identify plants and animals throughout the day, you’ll watch for rare orchids, bromeliads, manatees, dolphins, and the many birds that thrive in Florida’s vast swamps. Also embark on a 1-hour air boat trip way out in the real Everglades, with stops at Native American tree island villages. Lunch and other eco and cultural experiences are also included. The full-day tour includes transport from greater Fort Lauderdale and Miami, making it a great way to explore Florida’s fascinating ecosystems even with limited time.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Loop Road can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 2 Loop Road tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Loop Road costs USD 219.00. Guided Loop Road tours start around USD 219.00 per person. See all 2 Loop Road tickets and tours on Viator.