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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk

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Address: US-41 (Tamiami Trail) about 7 miles west of SR-29, Box 548, Copeland, FL 34137
Phone Number: +1 239-695-4593
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is...

At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is Florida's largest state park. More native orchid species, including the rare Ghost Orchid,grow in this wilderness than anywhere else in the United States. The park's wildlife is as diverse as its flora. Rare species such as the American crocodile and West Indian manatee live in the waterways to the south, while Florida black bears, Everglades mink and endangered Florida panthers inhabit orther regions of the park.

For many, the most memorable introduction to this wilderness is a swamp walk. strolling through the slow moving slough waters with a naturalist.

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Easy way to see the Big Cypress Trees

We stopped here after taking Speedy's Airboat tour of the Everglades. There is a boardwalk that you walk on, you go past the big cypress trees, and there is an Eagle's nest that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2016
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove the Scenic Drive. Paid $3 donation. Excellent little dirt track spanning some excellent scenery. Saw lots of alligators roaming around on the side of the road. Also found a dead alligator being eaten by 20+ vultures. Very impressive!

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Thank Dave B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We emailed the park because we wanted to do the swamp walk tour and the website says it was out of season. We received a very prompt response from Patrick, who was very eager to make it work for us. He arranged a private tour for just our family (this was great)! We are a family of 5, 2 adults... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We stopped here after taking Speedy's Airboat tour of the Everglades. There is a boardwalk that you walk on, you go past the big cypress trees, and there is an Eagle's nest that is also marked on the trail. We saw lots of birds and alligators (in the water). I am a tree lover so it was very exciting for... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

If you can find the entrance, it is a short pleasant walk to see this really old cypress tree. The trail is a boardwalk above what could be water, very well maintained. The old cypress is really big and old. Impressive to see a living plant ~1000 years old. There is another cypress nearby that is not quite as big... More 

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Lier, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

We did a part of the scenic drive and enjoyed the different views you get along this road. From prairie to forest. Easily doable with a normal road car, even though it is a dirt road. Also not so crowded as shark valley.

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

There is an entrance to Fakahatchee State Park on SR-29 a few miles north of 41. The tram tours and swamp tours are here. We first went to this entrance, looking for the boardwalk. Because it's off-season, the visitors center was closed. After wandering around, a park ranger showed up, explained the swamp, and told us where the boardwalk was:... More 

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Bruce B, Public Relations Manager at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk, responded to this review

Thanks for clarifying things for future visitors. The Friends of Fakahatchee orchidswamp website provides maps and details of both the boardwalk and Janes Scenic drive area of the park. A quick visit to the website will also provides background information that will make your summer visit to the Fakahatchee more enjoyable. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

If you want to see Florida everglades at its best, you should visit this park. Since it is owned by the state it is free. $3 per person donation is encouraged but not mandatory. We saw a new mother alligator with 8 baby alligators. She was huge, and protecting the babies. We saw blue herons, great white egrets and black... More 

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Kingswinford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

Unbelievable shear beauty, 100% natural, just like it was back in the day, it is a fantastic day boardwalk awesome, but certain times of the year you may need mosquito spray of a face net, especially if you spend a day in the everglades, myself I never have, you just get the odd bite, unless they don't like my blood,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

I visited the Fakahatchee Strand with my parents and son for the tram and swamp walk on March 22. I must admit, my mom was a little wary of this walk, as much as we all like nature, we didn't want to be in water with alligators or snakes nipping at our toes. Patrick Higgins was out guide and put... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

This is a quick look at the everglades. Neat and quick. Board walk all the way. Walk in, walk out - see the mangroves, palms, etc. Saw one gator in a pond on the way in. Lots of birds.

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