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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk

Address: US-41 (Tamiami Trail) about 7 miles west of SR-29, Box 548, Copeland, FL 34137
Phone Number: +1 239-695-4593
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Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Copeland
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Monuments & statues, Piers & boardwalks, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is Florida's largest state park...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Monuments & statues, Piers & boardwalks, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is Florida's largest state park. More native orchid species, including the rare Ghost Orchid,grow in this wilderness than anywhere else in the United States. The park's wildlife is as diverse as its flora. Rare species such as the American crocodile and West Indian manatee live in the waterways to the south, while Florida black bears, Everglades mink and endangered Florida panthers inhabit orther regions of the park. For many, the most memorable introduction to this wilderness is a swamp walk. strolling through the slow moving slough waters with a naturalist.
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We were planning on visiting another park which was closed, so we drove on to this one late afternoon and did the Board walk - wow what a great result. Other (more knowledgable) vistors were around to point things out. Got good views of aligators including a baby, a big horned owl, nesting bald eagles, wood storks, herons, egrets woodpeckers... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Fakahatchee tram and swamp walk was a thrill! Our guide Patrick with his british sense of humor brightened our day despite frigid temperatures. Thank you for the VIP tour and the homemade apple cider,Patrick! Although I am a parttime resident of Naples since 2003 with some experience in the Everglades he enabled me to see the flora&fauna with different eyes... More 

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Aylmer, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My husband and a friend of ours pre booked a tour guided by a volunteer with Friendsoffakahatchee.org. Our guide, Patrick H. was extremely knowledgeable and well spoken. He imparted a wealth of information in a friendly and humorous manner. It was a very chilly day and we had a total of 7 guests on our trip into the Strand. It... More 

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Selkirk, New York
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

After looking at the Everglades National Park visitors center right up the road we stopped here. Went into the small native American gift shop, then we headed out on the boardwalk. Almost immediately we saw a huge gator right on the path. Got great pics! Proceeded on and saw an eagle's nest, an owl, and gorgeous plants and trees. At... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Last minute visit that was recommended by the manatee cruise skipper. Within a few yards we saw an alligator just off the path in a pond. Eagles, owls, woodpeckers, herons & egrets all easily seen from the comfort of the boardwalk. So glad we stopped.

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ottawa
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377 reviews 377 reviews
88 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Half-mile long boardwalk in great condition. Quiet, lots of birds and nests, some alligators at the end of the trail. Easily accessible, right next to the highway. $3 voluntary contribution for upkeep.

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Brookville, Indiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I drove Janes Memorial Scenic Drive last week. As others have noted, the road is in poor condition. I too would not recommend driving it in a passenger car as the pot holes are pretty deep in places. However, work on the road was being done and there was a section completed that was fairly smooth. We also continued on... More 

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Markham, Canada
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The boardwalk is approx. 3000 ft long and wends its way deep through the bush to a small pond where several varieties of wading birds were waiting for dinner and other birds hung out in the trees ( including a wood stork) This is a self guided walk and there are at least a dozen plaques along the trail pointing... More 

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Teec Nos Pos, Arizona
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3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

It is billed as the North American Amazon....and its lives upto its billing. It is worth the day trip or several trips if you are in the mood for an adventure. First stop by the ranger station and get some current info and facts. Second the "Scenic Drive" is very rough and if you do not stop at the Hiking... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We went on a nice 6 mile hike with the kids. We saw gators, ibis, herons, a turtle and a rare bobcat sighting near the semi-abandoned houses. This place is truly off the beaten path. Clearly, I recommend this hole only in the summer when there are minimal mosquitoes during the daytime hours.

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Bruce B, Public Relations Manager at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk, responded to this review

You were very fortunate to see so much wildlife on your recent trek. Best times for bird and critter sightings are early in the day and toward sunset. The Fakahatchee is a wilderness, which means there are insects, just as early Florida settlers encountered. You may have misspoken when you said the best time for a visit was in summer.... More 

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