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Review of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples, FL 34120
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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.
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

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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“Not many birds when we went”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2010

We talked to people while we were there. Apparently it is all in the timing. We didn't see a whole lot of wildlife. The area is still very beautiful. We went in March and can't remember when we were told was the best time. Maybe someone else on here can provide that information. We also heard that many years ago it was better, but due to environment change through the years there is less wildlife.

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“Audubon at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2010

We scheduled a walk around the Corkscrew Sanctuary as an antidote to all the shopping and eating we were doing on a recent trip to Naples. It was just as we expected/hoped -- a glimpse of Florida as it used to be. The boardwalk is very well situated within the property and is well maintained. We learned a fair amount from the posted signs.

It's worth mentioning that in the hot summer, most parts of Corkscrew provide a fair measure of relief from the heat. It's so shady and watery that it really is several degrees cooler than the "outside world".

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

We were there in late May. What a beautiful sanctuary and full of wildlife! Without realizing it, it took us 4 hours to finish the 2.5-mile boardwalk trail. Can't wait to go back again.

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“Wonderful place if you're patient and quiet!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2010

But if you're a group of noisy 20 something's go elsewhere!

We had a great if tiring time! It took us about 3 hours to walk the 2 1/2 miles as we meandered along watching the trees and undergrowth carefully for any signs of movement. We also sat in places and waited, listening for the calls of birds and waiting for animals to come to us.

We spotted Hawks, woodpeckers, wading birds and other smalls birds. There were hundreds of dragonfly all different sizes and a vast array of different colours. There were some very colourful grasshoppers and butterflies!

We stopped for a long time watching a raccoon swimming and foraging in the water. It would disappear behind trees but by watching the movement of the leaves of the water plants you could follow it's path and see it emerge again. We spotted a second one some time later and spent just as long watching that one - it watched us too and eventually swam under the board-walk below our feet!

A passing guide pointed out a baby alligator sunning itself on a log. A few hundred yards further along we came across a large adult swimming under the board-walk and out into the sun.

We are not the fittest people and standing for 3 hours in the heat and humidity forced us out quicker than we would have liked.

Alas when we got back to the reception area the cafe was closed. It would have been nice to sit and rest with a drink of tea rather than have to get back in the car straight away to go in search of refreshment.

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