was created to protect two species of cypress trees that were at risk of being wiped out in the 1940s and 50s. Today it is a National Audubon Society sanctuary. Wet prairie, pond and bald cypress, and marshlands attract regional reptiles and birds. Keep your eyes open for cottonmouth snakes and alligators that prowl the shallow waters. Stroll along the boardwalk, added in 1955, to view the varied ecosystem. Plan to visit Corkscrew Swamp and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Naples attractions using our Naples day trip planner.
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This is the perfect place to escape the sprawling, seemingly out-of-control SW Florida urban development. Online reservations required, although we were never checked for this at the property and...
This is the perfect place to escape the sprawling, seemingly out-of-control SW Florida urban development. Online reservations required, although we were never checked for this at the property and... more »
Got off to a bad start when our SatNav took us ten miles off track. A warm welcome from reception on arrival and picked up our guide book which is a cheap addition to help ID any critters. It was...
Got off to a bad start when our SatNav took us ten miles off track. A warm welcome from reception on arrival and picked up our guide book which is a cheap addition to help ID any critters. It was... more »
What an amazing place! The lady who checked us in was super informative and sweet. Saw so much wildlife and the information on the tour was terrific. Lots of great Info about the early Florida conservationists and great minds behind the Sanctuary. Ranger also helped us spot gators (though we had just missed otters! Bummer) Totally worth the $$$.. it’s a private park and the boardwalk is great and accessible. A beautiful stroll through time. Saw tons of herons, egrets, ibis, woodpeckers, wood storks, hawks, black vultures, deer and a gator. Also saw lichen and many 800 year old bald cypress ! Will be back for the ghost ;)
What an absolute delight of a habitat! My hubby and I are both biologists, avid birders, and native plant nerds, and we had an amazing morning on the boardwalk. This habitat is endemic to our state and can't be found anywhere else!! We saw salt and pepper square stem wild flowers and salt marsh mallow in full bloom and don't even get me started on the scarlet hibiscus! Just gorgeous! This is a truly special place that should be preserved for our future. We love that they only allow so many people on the boardwalk because we were less likely to be disturbed when getting the awesome bird photographs that we came early for. If you love Florida native plants and ecosystems as well as our lovely native wildlife than this is the place for you. We will absolutely be back for more of real Florida.
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