Vibrant, green, and blooming – there’s no better time to visit Big Cypress National Preserve than in the summer months, when the gentle flow of collected raindrops across the landscape nourishes the sawgrass prairies and cypress strands. Worried about mosquitoes? Don’t. Thanks to gambusia (mosquitofish) and carnivorous bladderworts, the population of mosquitoes here doesn’t even come close to the neighboring Everglades.
The best way to experience Big Cypress is on a swamp walk, and you can sign up for one at Clyde Butcher’s Gallery on Labor Day Weekend. Or, if you’re just up for a taste of this tropical habitat without getting your feet wet, stop along the Tamiami Trail for a gentle walk down the Kirby Storter Boardwalk, where you can experience most of the major habitats of Big Cypress within a round-trip trek of barely a mile.