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“An interesting place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Koreshan State Historic Site

Koreshan State Historic Site
3800 Corkscrew Rd., State Highway 41, Estero, FL 33928
239 992 0311
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Estero
Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural
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Uk
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“An interesting place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

Enjoyed this park on two levels.

Firstly, it is an intriguing insight into a small community (the interpretation centre gives a really clear account of the background here). The remaining buildings and artefacts are quite poignant really but give some good example of the building styles of the time.

Secondly, the park grounds are very attractive and peaceful.

For $6 admission, it is a good way to learn a bit of history and relax.

Visited April 2012
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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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“A Family Tradition for a Day Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

We have been taking our blended family to Koreshan since the 80's. Now we have grandchildren and they love it as much as our kids did. They have added a great little playground in the picnic area which is shaded a bit so the kids aren't getting direct sun. We take the kids on a "walk in the woods" through the bamboo forest along the stream that runs into the bay. The kids never tire of looking at the lives of this unusual cult through the windows protected by plexiglass. Really cool and you can almost picture the way these folks lived - almost. In the picnic area they have little grills to use and plenty of picnic benchs. We had the kids looking for the occasional gopher turtle that might come along. It is a real touch of Florida and like anything else, you can find the beauty in many things if you just look and experience them. Some may not be able to see all there is to do at Koreshan but we really do. Things that can be done, but we haven't done, are camping at the campground and renting canoes across 41 and going down the beautiful stream. It is really cool to just watch the canoers as they paddle down past us. I look for places to relax. The kids look for places to run and a playground. We get both at Koreshan. There's just not many natural places in our area like this anymore.

Visited April 2012
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Naples, Florida
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“afternoon out”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

kinda of boring,,kinda boring decided to go kayaking instead..........

Visited October 2011
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Gulf Coast
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“Nice campground with a surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

We have found Florida State Park campgrounds pretty consistently good choices for short stays. I chose Koreshan based only on it being in the FL State Park system and located where we needed. It wasn't until after I made the reservation that I learned the history of the settlement, so it was a bonus educational experience!

The campground was clean and quiet as expected, with a fire ring, picnic table, lantern hook, and water. The pad for our tent was nice and level. The bathrooms were clean and conveniently located.

There is an easy trail along the river with many interesting plants and lots of bamboo, and it comes out at the Koreshan settlement which are lovely grounds to walk around. We took the guided tour the next morning and it was fascinating. Our guide was very knowledgeable and even my 6 year old found it interesting and asked many questions.

This is not an exciting activity filled place for adventure by any means, and I think we would have been bored if we had stayed more than the one night, but it was different and nice in its own way. History nerds like me should definitely visit.

Visited March 2012
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Leawood, KS
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“A Very Strange Thing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

A religious group that believed the world was inside out, and also believed in abstinence, started their cult at this location. (I wonder if they ever understood their abstinence would be the end of them.) Not exactly what this rational person is interested in. Walking through this site reminded me of the last time I slowed down to see a car wreck.

Visited March 2012
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