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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk

US-41 (Tamiami Trail) about 7 miles west of SR-29, Box 548, Copeland, FL 34137
239 695-4593
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Copeland
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Monuments/ Statues, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, State Parks
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
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Kfar Saba, Israel
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

the ranger at Everglades NP Gulf visitor center suggested that we go to Fakahatchee preserve, for a chance to see some of Florida's native orchids. we had a horrible mosquitos experience - we were eaten alive by hundreds of mosquitos, came back so red and itchy, and didn't see even one orchid. actually, even if there were some flowers there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

This place is my favorite park to visit in the glades, there's nothing else like it in the state. Although it seems like some people didn't realize that it is the EVERGLADES. I Mean really? People want street lights? Paved roads? Thank god that crap isn't there. If you don't know where you'Re going, don't go. Or maybe go to... More

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I am reading reviews dinging the road condition. I have driven Jane Memorial Drive in cars, in SUVs and both worked just fine - adjusting to the road condition and applying appropriate sense... (I have also driven 2000+ miles in Africa which was a lot tougher)... I don't get the reviews that ding the road. Give me a car with... More

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We thought we'd read all the reviews, but missed the one about the dead end 11 mile road (somehow we thought it came out into a housing area/grid, but it ends at another preserve and a maze of roads). We didn't have huge pot holes until near the end of the drive, but probably averaged 5 miles an hour as... More

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Marco Island, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Like all Perserves that I been to so far this one too is hit and miss. I have been there when there was nothing to see other then the trees. But the last time I was there I hit the jack pot. I seen a Barred Owl, it was the first Owl I have seen out in Nature. As I... More

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Clearwater, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Potholes are good for slowing People down...If you're in a hurry...stay away...If the road was paved, too many cars, driving too fast. Slow down and enjoy the scenery/

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Rochester NY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We visited the boardwalk Monday afternoon March 17th. There were two things that made this a great walk. 1) the many very tall trees, that were uncommon in the everglades and 2) the wonderful eagle's nest. We watched two young eagles flap their wings and fly a few feet up out of their nest as they practiced their flying skills.... More

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Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This park is on the right (north) side of Rt.41 a few miles east of the Rt. 29 intersection. You have to park and walk the path and boardwalk about a quarter of a mile to a large gator hole. I have visited this park numerous time and each visit is different. Late winter and early spring seems to be... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I see confusing reviews posted. I don't know what road or scenic drive the other reviewers are writing about. I never saw that part. I think we saw the best part of the park. We entered on Highway 41, sign says "Indian Village". We parked on the highway, walked toward the park entrance and saw a 6-7 foot gator lying... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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127 reviews 127 reviews
55 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I didn't get a lot out of my drive through Fakahatchee Strand Preserve SP & Boardwalk. In fact, I never found the boardwalk? I also didn't find a lot to see. There were a few birds - Wood Stork, some Egrets, a Heron, and Black Vultures. But, most of the ride was along a rather bumpy, sometimes with large potholes,... More

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