About The Tour...
We are partnered with the Big Cypress National Preserve to run up to a 4 hour swamp buggy tour into the backcountry of the Everglades to view nature from a safe distance. We have comfortable 6 passenger buggies equipped with canopies for shade, we also offer side x side tours all with our knowledgeable and experienced local captains. It is a great ride whether you are wanting to photograph nature, explore the National park, or just have fun in the swamp!
Our buggies launch from the historic Monroe station, located half way between Naples and Miami, along US41. The Big Cypress National Preserve which is over 729,000 plus acres is located next to the Everglades National Park, that supports the vast array of marine life and other animals found in the tropical climate of Southwest Florida.
Some familiar sights in the preserve are Florida deer, bear, alligator, the elusive Florida panther, roseate spoonbill, red shouldered hawk , blue heron, egrets and many more birds, grey squirrels, and snakes like the pygmy rattler and the cottonmouth moccasin. With it being their natural habitat, one never knows what will appear to check out the visitors who are traveling along the trails throughout the preserve.
The Big Cypress National Preserve was established, October 11, 1974 as the nation’s first national preserve along side of the Everglades National Park, established in 1947 has brought many tourists to see nature at its best. The first mode of group touring was done by boat, now there are other methods such as airboats, kayaks, canoes, and outboard motor boats. The neighboring preserve is accessible by limited modes of travel, one being a swamp buggy. In case you do not already know, a swamp buggy is a vehicle that is used to travel the swamp terrain. It has large tires and is built to withstand the rough rugged terrain of dry land, mud, sand and shallow water.
We travel approximately 6 to 8 miles into the preserve. The cypress domes loom in the distance, then suddenly you realize you are in the middle of one. The pine thickets and palmettos are a few miles in where you might see turkey and deer feeding along the paths. While it may seem a long time, at the end of this tour, you might just wonder where 4 hours went.