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Established in 1974, as America's first national preserve, the site protects over 729,000 acres of a vast freshwater swamp ecosystem, which supports the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast.
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You can pretty much just park and walk out and see gators. The boardwalk just runs along the front of the property and the water was swarming with them. Some were pretty active and going after the fish which was the most activity we had...More
A great place to view alligators from the safety of the long boardwalk. This time when we visited we only saw a few gators most likely due to the heavy rain. Many different species of fish can be seen swimming right by the gators. We...More
Nice stop along the Tamiami Trail. The boardwalk is a great place for viewing. I saw about gators, some herons, turtles and fish. The hat are the only ones native to Florida. The catfish are not. If you go in the welcome center you can...More
We really wanted to see alligators in the Everglades (I know, right?), and this was the best place we stopped on our trip for that. There were eight or so in the water right before we reached the Visitor Center (driving from East to West),...More
We visited the Oasis Visitor Center after being at the Big Cypress Welcome Center. It's a poor sister. The Oasis VC has a few displays and a video (the same on as at the Big Cypress Welcome Center). Wasn't too impressive. We could have easily...More
The Oasis visitor centre has a boardwalk in the front, which isn't very long but you are almost certainly going to see aligators sunny themselves. Usually it's when it's getting a bit cooler during the day. So the time... More
The Oasis visitor centre has a boardwalk in the front, which isn't very long but you are almost certainly going to see aligators sunny themselves. Usually it's when it's getting a bit cooler during the day. So the time spent three depends on how long you want to look and photograph them.
Big Cypress, has a short boardwalk out the back and when we were there in November, there was a mother Manatee and it's calf but obviously there is no guarantee to this.
You could spend probably about 20 minutes in each centre looking at there displays and information.
I hope this helps.