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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

375 Sanctuary Road West | Naples, FL 34120 | Official website
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  • Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 2.5 (2.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Nature lovers will find plenty to like at this preserve. Located 45 minutes northeast of Naples (and a little more than an hour south of Fort Myers), the 11,000 acres of marshland is home to 600-year-old trees, otters, alligators, and a beautiful collection of endangered birds. A boardwalk cuts through the sanctuary, on which you can take a self-guided tour and get a feel for what Florida was like before it was developed. Naturalists are stationed throughout the boardwalk to answer questions. A TripAdvisor user says it took "about 3 hours to walk the 2 1/2 miles as we meandered along watching the trees and undergrowth carefully for any signs of movement."

The sanctuary is open daily, except in cases of bad weather. There is a small admission fee, which is discounted for college students and kids under 18. No food or beverage (except bottled water) is allowed on the boardwalk; a picnic area is located by the parking lots. There are no restrooms along the boardwalk.

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