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Spanning 729,000 acres about an hour's drive west of Miami, Cypress National Preserve is the meeting point of five different ecosystems and a haven of cypress strands, waterways, wildlife species and native plants. First-time visitors shouldn’t miss the onsite Oasis Visitor Center, where they can sign up for ranger-led discovery hikes, spot alligators from the nearby wildlife observation deck or start their hike down the Florida National Scenic Trail. After that, you can hop on guided canoe excursions on Turner River, go on a swamp buggy tour, try a Gladesman-led swamp walk with the Big Cypress Institute, rent a kayak from Everglades Adventure Tours or hop on one of its guided pole boat eco-tours. Because of its beautiful skies and light-free surroundings, Big Cypress has been a designated International Dark Sky Preserve.

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