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Enjoyable Walk!

Decided last minute to stop, so glad we did, it was a nice little stroll. Would go again! The... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2018
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Scenic Respite in Fort Myers Beach

Although I love the beach here, the traffic and crowds can get a bit much at times. Enter Matanzas... read more

Reviewed March 31, 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped here on my way from the Fort Myers airport heading down to Naples. The drive was easy and the little "waterside village" that you drive through looked fun and typical of a tourist beach town. The place was just outside of the busy...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank trippygal23
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Very informative guide. Some trails were closed. The one we took was short but took us to the golf with a great view of the boats.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank eliroly
Reviewed July 9, 2018

A lovely evening moonwalk through the Matanzas Pass Preserve. Lead by a knowledgeable guide, our small group saw the moon rise from a charming gazebo over the bay waters. Magical.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 41beachgirl
Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Mostly shaded raised deck paths through mangroves, lots of crabs and lizards, we didn’t see many birds. Covered seating on the bay st on end of trail. It’s pretty warm even in the shade until you get out of the trees.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank mbsmithmo
Reviewed April 30, 2018

Found this by killing time. Short walk with great results, There are trails here that lead to the bay. There is a lookout with seats and covered area. Lots of history if you do the interactive with your phone.

Date of experience: April 2018
5  Thank Suze G
Reviewed April 29, 2018

Decided last minute to stop, so glad we did, it was a nice little stroll. Would go again! The paths were easy to walk and interesting.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank ginniemae2016
Reviewed April 10, 2018

This is in an isolated off the road area with only a porta potty for comfort. The walk is unremarkable and does get muddy on the dirt part of the trail. Did not have any problems with bugs either and it was warm. None of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank havefunaway
Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Although I love the beach here, the traffic and crowds can get a bit much at times. Enter Matanzas Pass. I went for a run in the early morning along the wooden boardwalks that stretch through the mangroves. Short but shady and cool place to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank MichiganWildflower
Reviewed March 31, 2018

It took us nearly and hour to cover the last 3 miles into Fort Myers beach. When we saw the sign for the preserve we just wanted to stop. It was wed and the cottage was open.(wed and Saturday 10 till noon) Very informative. The...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank katodog
Reviewed March 17, 2018

A little bit of poetry, an educational stroll on the boardwalk, ending in a breathtaking view of the full moon over Estero Bay. The next full moon walk is March 31st at 7 P.M. Hurry, spots fill up fast; call Jim at 239 565 7437....More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Gayle C
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June 11, 2017|
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Response from geisnj | Reviewed this property |
Have done all the trails twice and have not seen any animals except birds, little lizards, and one raccoon. Hope that helps.
Barb T
December 31, 2016|
Response from StacyandRandy | Reviewed this property |
Pets are prohibited.
William T
March 18, 2015|
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Response from Linda P | Reviewed this property |
no charge for the park walk