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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk

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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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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is...

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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Easily Accessible Boardwalk Through Cypress Swamp

We were exploring Tamiami Trail (US Hwy. 41) and stopped at Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, located on the north side of the road 8.8 miles east of San Marco Blvd. (Rt. 92). It is on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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318 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were exploring Tamiami Trail (US Hwy. 41) and stopped at Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk, located on the north side of the road 8.8 miles east of San Marco Blvd. (Rt. 92). It is on the right side of the Seminole Gift Shop. This is a 1.2 mile long boardwalk trail with interpretative signs that meanders through a cypress swamp.... More 

Thank CrankingChick
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295 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The boardwalk is a nice stroll through the preserve. We saw lots of birds. Avoid the 11 mile drive that is part of this attraction in a different location. But this part is work a quick stop along US 41 if you want to stretch your lets and take a nice walk. They ask for a small donation but it... More 

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

The requested donation to the Friends of Fakahatchee is optional, but it is important since the boardwalk is maintained with funds collected by this not-for-profit group. Like you, many visitors do not find driving their own vehicle down Janes Scenic Drive rewarding. Tram Tours and Swamp Walks offered by the Friends at their orchidswamp website do a great job of... More 

Kissimmee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed walking this well-kept trail. It's just a little stop-off driving through the Everglades. You may miss it, so keep your eye out! There's a gift shop, but we weren't sure whether or not the items were locally made, so we didn't buy anything. If they are, they need to put up some signs saying that. The trail starts... More 

Thank DisneyGal2010
Plant City, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two of us traveled to Fakahatchee with the desire to walk in the slough with guides. We took a tram and swamp walk tour and Patrick and Jim escorting a total or four.. All expectations of seeing and feeling the life in a wild preserve were met and exceeded. Patrick was very knowledgeable, entertaining and instructive guide. We had a... More 

Thank Flreedbird
Evanston, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had a terrific time on the swampwalk. Faxahatchee Strand is a wonderful profusion of flora and fauna, and it is interesting to look at from the road or the boardwalk. But it's even better to wade into the middle of it. With the expert commentary, dry humor and helping hands as needed from our guides, we... More 

Thank Marc B
Nebo, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I along braved the chilly temps and water to go on this swampwalk. Eight total in the graoup with our guide, Patrick. The tram ride was interesting and bumpy. We did go to the side of the road to,view birds and flora. Patrick was a great guide, ever the gentleman, and quite knowledgable. He had trekking poles... More 

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Naples, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best place to see gators in the wild and to learn about some flora in the 'glades. Indian Village was enjoyable but the hike was excellent. Maybe some bug spray would be in order. We saw a nest of baby alligators with Mom not too far away.

Thank Steve W
Naples, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live seasonally in Naples and brought a friend from Arizona to join me on the tram and swamp walk tour. What a great way to learn about the ecology of the area. It was fun and educational. Our guide was knowledgable about the area and his enthusiasm was catching. I joined the Friends of Fakahatchee the next day

Thank Jennyjohn1954
Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

you can drive yourself into the state park, but you would miss so much of the everglades history and lore by not having two wonderful male guides on the tram. yes, it did cost $25 pp.. a steal to have such an informative tour by a retired pathologist and a retired biology teacher. bravo gentleman! I would never have known... More 

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Forked River, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The 11 mile drive provides you with lots of bird watching! While the road is dirt, and has some potholes it is not that hard to navigate. Some other reviews make it sound worse than it really is. We were lucky enough to spot two Florida Panthers in the road ahead of us on the way out!

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