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“nature in naples” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples, FL 34120
239-348-9151
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Ranked #5 of 45 Attractions in Naples
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife, Getting married, Hiking
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Owner description: This 11,000-acre wetland preserve contains a diversity of wildlife, including birds, alligators, whitetail deer and Florida black bears.
Sanibel Island, Florida
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“nature in naples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Though Naples is a large, lovely city, pockets of nature can be found everywhere. The best of these pockets may be the Sanctuary. Patinted Bunting and other lovely birds may be observed on this lovely walk through the Sanctuary. It's easy and comfortable and for visitors to Naples, a very appropriate and convenient way to see the natural side of SW Florda.

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Dunedin, Florida
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“Natural Florida at it's best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is miles of boardwalk over some of the most pristine land Forida has to offer. The flora and fauna are spectacular. You can see species from alligators, snakes, eagles and rarer birds in their native habitat, without disturbing them. This is a must see all day adventure, a bit far off the beaten path.

Visited July 2011
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Naples, FL
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“Great Adventure for Tenderfoots”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

Lovely way for neophytes to view mother nature in an extremely civilized way. You may even stumble upon volunteer naturalist who will explain the flora and fauna. Encounters with birds vary depending on season of course. Website explains more.

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Ottawa, Canada
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“A bit pricey but a nice place to relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

If you compare to the amount of wildllife that you can see in the Everglades (Shark Valley), you could argue that you can get a better bang for your buck there. However, Corkscrew feels more authentic as you can go at your own pace (no need to ride a bike or go on a tram tour).

The path/boardwalk is extremely well maintained, guides are available and walking around offering you tips on recent sighting locations and you feel truly connected with nature. ALong the path, there are some good educational displays.

Services on-site are limited to those in the visitor center (gift shop and cafe) with virtually no facilities (other than rest areas) on the path.

One variable that the Sanctuary does not control is the amount of wildlife you will see. This is not a zoo - on some days you will see a lot, and on others, much less. We saw a couples of alligators (including babies), a few different birds (egrets, herons, anhingas), one reptile. Lots of trees, plants to see.

This is a very relaxing place and a moderate drive from either Naples or Fort Myers.

It is maintained/owned by the Audubon Society. 2 hours would probably the minimum amount of time you should plan to spend there if it is your first time

Visited January 2012
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Naples
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“Nature area walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

You can walk the trails and see many birds. The Wood Storks are amazing.

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