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“peaceful” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Disney Wilderness Preserve

The Disney Wilderness Preserve
2700 Scrub Jay Trail, The Nature Conservancy, Kissimmee, FL 34759
407 935 0002
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Ranked #19 of 54 attractions in Kissimmee
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
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Owner description: Visitors can take the 3-mile nature trail hike or an off-road buggy tour to learn about the hundreds of wildlife species that are being protected by the Nature Conservancy at this nature preserve.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

It is just great to get out there, it is so peacefull and relaxing. You do see some wildlife and the staff are geat

Visited May 2012
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Kissimmee, Florida
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Good Eco Tourism”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

This preserve was started as a wetlands mitigation project by Disney and is maintained by the Nature Conservancy. If you want to see Florida in its true natural state, this is the place to go.

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in NJ
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58 attraction reviews
Reviews in 72 cities Reviews in 72 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“A nice break from the Maddening Crowds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Decided to check out this place, as a switch from our usual park hopping/shopping trip. It is off the beaten path, to a Florida I don't normally see. There is a driving loop, with a bypass that you can read signage telling you a bit about the park & what you can see. I'm sure if we had had binocs we could have seen wildlife in the vast expanse of fields that were there. The drive lead us to a small group of buildings, park & enter, there is a small display & a person there who can give you information. There are hiking trails (please remember to sign in & OUT) You can also make your DONATION there, the Preserve is free. So be generous so the Nature Conservancy can continue their good work. There are building that I guess, are used for classroom type demonstrations. There are many shaded places to sit, even rocking chairs for the nonhikers. There are also bathroom facilities. We began our hike, but due to an injury we couldn't do the 2.5 mile loop , there is also a 1 mile hike to Lake Russell. No worries, at the first little pond there was an alligator! So in spite of not seeing the Pileated woodpecker or Red-Cockaded woodpecker we were happy. If you want something completely different from the crowds & craziness & wallet emptying, check out the Wilderness Preserve.
Please note it's open 9-5 on WEEKDAYS. There are not open on the Weekends.
Please note it is Florida, if hiking wear appropriate footgear,& bring bug spray, water & wear a hat.

Visited February 2012
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Indialantic, FL
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“peaceful, fun and very natural”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

just sit back and enjoy the safari; well done and all the animals looked so content

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Geneva, Switzerland
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Very nice break from the resort action.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

We visited the preserve after 5 days at the Disney parks; it was good to get away from the crowds and 'concrete jungle'. The preserve was about a 25 minutes drive and well worth the drive. No characters, no cast members (unless the volunteer caretaker counts) - this place is run by The Nature Conservancy. On our visit we saw an alligator, black snakes w/gray underside (looked a bit like garter snakes) and herons. The area appears to have been burned out a few years ago and it is recovering nicely. Only knock I'd give the place is the hours; it really should be open on Saturdays to give working locals an opportunity to visit.

Visited January 2012
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