I visit Corkscrew quite often because I only live 2 hours away. It is a fantastic place to see birds, gators, and many other animals. During the months of July and August, they have a rare ghost orchid that has been blooming since 2007. It's way up in a tree, but they set up a telescope when it has blooms and you can see it real clear with either a zoom lens or, better yet, binoculars. It's a rare opportunity to see this orchid, because it doesn't grow in very many places. It is endangered and protected by both state and federal laws.
Besides the orchid, Corkscrew is a beautiful place to walk around (it's about a 2-mile boardwalk - all in the shade). You get a look at many birds up close, such as hawks, night herons, blue and white herons, woodpeckers - as well as gators, and a variety of other wildlife. Sometimes you get lucky and see otters and deer.
The swamp itself is quite beautiful, especially when the water is high (which it is now). There are cypress knees, lush greenery, and beautiful "swamp flowers" all over.
The price to get in is very reasonable $10 or $5 for Audubon members. I highly recommend visiting!
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