Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
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  • Pet37
    Barrie, Canada848 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice way to spend a couple of hours
    Wonderful place to spend an hour or two. Great boardwalk to walk through the slough. We saw lots of birds, turtles and two baby alligators. Visit the interpretive center too. Lots of great info to see. Also nice bathrooms and water refill station.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Mike and Amy S
    Knightdale, North Carolina77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice accessible trail
    A nice boardwalk trail with plenty of places to stop and view wildlife. Nice that it was accessible. Others on the trail were also leisurely enjoying the trail which is nice. Saw an otter catch a fish! Lots of birds.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
  • dil345
    Georgetown, Texas987 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit here
    We went here for a walk hoping to see some birds, wildlife, etc. For us choosing not to do the guided tour was the right decision as we could meander as we chose to. There were some birds, an alligator and some snakes seen while there. It was so nice that parking was only $1 per hour-pretty inexpensive for sure. If we lived nearby I am sure we would visit frequently.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Debbie S
    Saint Louis, Missouri32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy walk among nature, and free.
    Free! Excellent nature walk on a raised boardwalk. No bugs, if you go December through April. Many birds to see. Quiet and peaceful walk among the mangrove trees and to several small lakes.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 10, 2024
  • Jack H
    Bonita Springs, Florida373 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting
    Quite peaceful. Very well done, laid out nicely. Explore wetlands and attempt to see Florida's wildlife. Gators, turtles and birds. Many others may be there too but did not allow us to see them as they hide so well!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 23, 2024
  • Cynthia W
    Freeland, Michigan808 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk a little or walk a lot. Fee for parking is $1.00 an hr, very affordable.
    This is a raised boardwalk (1 1/2 miles)that takes you to several overlooks of larger pond areas, where wildlife hangs out. Restrooms. Picnic tables. There are people there just for a safe place to walk, there are people there looking for nature/birds. We were lucky to see several small warblers, a palliated woodpecker that was eye level and about 20 feet away. Rosette spoonbill in a tree. A screech owl just stuffed in the top of a tree. Wood ducks, Black crown night heron and yellow crown night heron. Tri color just busy eating , , , so close. What I like is that there is not one way to do the walk. . You can cut through and back or go around the perimeter. Parking is very reasonable at $1.00 and hr maxing out at $5.00 a day. There is a visitors center I didn't go into, because I was having so much fun outside. Great place to spend an hr or more. Easy to find, on a main road. We had a good day.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 2, 2024
  • DeanR1963
    Fort Wayne, Indiana168 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth the $5
    This was a nice departure from the sprawl of the city. The boardwalk trail was very nicely made. Trail goes by 3 ponds. One pond had a alligator sunning himself but we did not see much more wildlife. Probably due to the time of year. The Cypress trees are amazing. Well worth the $5 parking fee.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 4, 2024
  • FishmanCarverMN
    Carver, Minnesota23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best nature attraction near ft Meyers
    Beautiful experience! Perfect for kids as boardwalk corrals them. Lots of wildlife including turtles, birds and alligators. Goes through several habitats. About an hour stroll but has shortcuts. I wish signage was better to indicate distance from entrance.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
  • Debbie T
    Midland, Canada176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely walk through the slough!
    Lovely walk through. Nice boardwalk. Approximately 1.2 miles all around. No entry fee but you have to pay for parking. $1 per hour. Washrooms available. Can bike to it also. Saw alligator, some snakes, turtles and birds. Blue heron nest close by. Great walk. Highly recommend.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2024
  • Michelle M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing for all ages
    This was the first place we visited when we got to Fort Meyers. It was one of the best places we visited. We did the boardwalk tour in the morning. I would highly recommend this. Our guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. I loved learning the history of the preserve and it was so awesome to share this experience with my grandson.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 15, 2024
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katgracebrad2019
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
It can seem there are few free activities for Florida visitors, but (other than reasonable parking) this is one of them! There is a fairly modern and well maintained visitor’s center that has exhibits for both adults and little ones, with clean modern bathrooms. The walk itself is on a comfortable boardwalk. There are multiple viewing areas designed to focus on different areas of the slough. It would be a good idea to coach small visitors in advance to quietly search all around to find the greatest variety of wildlife, insects and anoles. Visitors will easily be able to see a variety of wildlife, including birds, snakes, alligators, and fish. Binoculars would have been highly helpful. One member of our party of seven thought bug spray would have been desirable. Expect to spend anywhere from an hour to several hours if you want to sit quietly and observe the wildlife. Consider the temperature and sun and plan accordingly, particularly in winter months shade is limited.
Written January 8, 2020
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Scott R
Oahu, HI41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This preserve provides a leisurely educational experience as you walk slowly and quietly on a raised boardwalk through the swamp. The guide provided gives good detail on the trees and plants of the slough but almost nothing about the wildlife. We saw gators, turtles and many birds but was not always sure what we were seeing! Parking is provided for a small fee but parking is limited. Children will love the walk and finding animals but are supposed to be quiet. There are guided tours provided which Inam sure would be helpful to answer questions but we did not do the guided tour. Allow a couple of hours.
Written March 11, 2020
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Jason K
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The slough has a nice wooden boardwalk to walk through the preserve. There was not much wildlife to observe on this visit, but have been there in years past and seen more. Can usually see several varieties of birds, turtles. Have seen wild boar and alligators in past visits.

Relaxing atmosphere to take a walk.
Written February 11, 2020
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allthegirls2014
Naples, FL117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Went to walk the boardwalk on a weekday lunch break. Parking is $1/hour; otherwise, the boardwalk is free. Indoor areas are not yet open, but you don't need them. Lots of shade and the entire boardwalk is about 2 miles long. Saw a couple of alligators, turtles, lots of lizards and some gorgeous herons and egrets. Really user friendly and a nice place to celebrate via social distancing the lifting of the quarantine. Parking meters are cleaned after each car leaves!
Written May 18, 2020
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Rebecca M
Atlanta, GA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
well executed preserve. Interesting, saw lots of wildlife. Nice to get off the beach for a bit. I normally do this kind of thing quickly as I am more of a city dweller, however the family and I enjoyed ourselves so much that instead of being done in one hour it took us half an hour longer.
Written June 12, 2021
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Susan
Winchester, VA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Easy to get to. 2.00 parking. Beautiful walk thru a natural preserve on a flat boardwalk with handrail(s) continuously on one or both sides and benches for sitting and observing or just taking a break placed frequently along trail. Went with 3 kids ages 10,12,14 and grandparents in their 70s and everyone enjoyed it. Park volunteers or employees were along the trail giving information on the wildlife. We saw an alligator, turtles, a snake, lizards, a large variety of birds, and fish.
Written January 19, 2022
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meliss1830
Hollywood, FL46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
We came here on a Saturday afternoon around 1230...still plenty of parking spots. Parking is $1 per hour. We walked the entire boardwalk in an hour. We saw an alligator, turtles, some birds. It might have been too late in the day...may recommend coming earlier when it’s cooler and more animals are out. The walk wasn’t difficult...all boardwalk. One way walking is suggested so that social distancing is followed.
Written November 30, 2020
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Nancy K
Fort Myers, FL342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We had out of town guests and wanted a place to spend a couple of hours in the morning given the current COVID conditions. We arrived around 10 am on a Saturday and it was not very busy. It took us about an hour to walk the entire boardwalk. We saw an alligator and many birds. Very well maintained area!
Written December 19, 2020
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rebeccasichel7
New York City, NY37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This was a 1.2 mile raised boardwalk loop despite the 6 mile misnomer. We paid for 2 hours of parking ($2 - but that was more than we needed) but 1 may have been just a bit too little. The 'point' when walking this trail is just to leisurely enjoy nature. There are 4 ponds to look in (we saw two different alligators, many many turtles and some interesting birds). Very doable and interesting for kids. Bring a camera and a pair of binoculars if you have!
Written January 26, 2022
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stevezeinner
Fort Myers, FL1,961 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
Great nature preserve with ample parking. Visited here today for the first time and was impressed. Staff was courteous and professional. Enjoyed walking around and seeing lots of beautiful wildlife in their natural setting. Was able to see a crocodile sun bathing and tons of wild birds. The trails are well marked and entire place is clean and well maintained. Parking is charged by the hour or $5 for the day. Definitely plan to visit again.
Written December 3, 2021
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