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“Quiet Water-front, water-fowl drive” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
7791 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33966
239-533-7550
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Ranked #1 of 51 Attractions in Fort Myers
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Newport, Oregon
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“Quiet Water-front, water-fowl drive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Quiet one-way drive with water on both sides at points, great shots of FL waterfowl, good drive for photographers ... cars parked along the way, people out of their vehicles, taking photos ... watching ... $5 per vehicle.

Visited December 2012
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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“One of Ft Myers' Best Kept Secrets”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We've been going to Fort Myers for years and this is the first time we visited the Slough, mainly because we didn't know it existed before.
It's free to go in and the parking is reasonable. We went twice, the first time by ourselves, the second time to take the free guided tour at 9:30 so we could see and learn more.
It is a wonderful place to visit. The scenery is wonderfully serene and the boardwalk makes it easy to get around. I took tons of pictures, as every view seemed to be worth recording, both of the swamp areas and the ponds. Although there is lots of standing water, the environment is such that there are few if any mosquitos which is a big plus for me!
The guide on our tour could not point out much wildlife but showed us so many interesting plants that we didn't feel cheated, and there was an area by one of the ponds where a telescope had been set up and turtles, gators and lots of birds were pointed out to us there. I guess if you want to see lots of wildlife you need to get there early or late when it's cool and quiet enough for creatures to be out.
In the Interpretive Centre, there was plenty more to look at (and I could buy souvenirs) and the volunteer staff were really friendly, helpful and informative.
Not sure this would be a place for teens or small children, although the six year old in our party loved it and spotted a lot of insects and small creatures on her own. We,as a more mature couple without kids will definitely return the next time we are in the area.

Visited November 2012
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Michigan
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“Nature at your doorstep”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We stopped here while on vacation and took one of the 9:30 AM guided walks, It was a great escape from the hustle of Route 41. Our guide was a retired teacher, and she obviously loved sharing her favorite swamp with others. We saw many birds, 3 baby gators, turtles...and that was just the wildlife. The guide also gave excellent descriptions of the plant life and how the park came to be.

If we were to spend more time in the Fort Myers area, the boardwalks here would see us on a fairly frequent basis. The "green building" that is the interpretive center is another tour in itself!

Visited November 2012
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Mahomet, Illinois
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“Swamp!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

If you like swamps, this is your place. Long boardwalk through a cypress swamp. I saw aligators, cottenmouth water moccasin, and lots of birds.

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“Beautiful Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

My friend is a photographer. This was a really nice place to take pictures. Very peaceful. We saw a lot of different animals. I would recommend this for families. Since it is a preserve you never know what kind of animals you will see!

Visited November 2012
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