Big Cypress National Preserve:Protecting the Everglades
Big Cypress National Preserve protects the large Big Cypress swamp. The freshwater of the swamp are essential to the health of the nearby Everglades and the marine environment of southwest Florida coast. It is the first national preserve in the US.
A National Perserve is a compromise type of protection that provides less protection for an area than a national park and allows some limited specific activities listed in the act of congress that created the preserve. There are 19 national preserves in the US.
The there are several good views of the swamp along highway 41, the Tamiami Trail for those just passing through. You can see birds, flowers, aligators etc. T If you have more time you can visit the take one or both of the two scenic drives in the perserve.
The preserve is home to the Florida panther, but there is little chance that you'll see one. here are an estimated 30-35 living in the preserve. But you can always count in seeing birds and aligators.