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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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Address: 375 Sanctuary Rd, Naples, FL 34120-4865
Phone Number: 12393489151
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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 13,000 acre Preserve. The Sanctuary is open...

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 13,000 acre Preserve. The Sanctuary is open daily from 7-5:30 with last admission at 4:30 pm. Visitors will find a gentle, pristine wilderness that dates back more than 500 years. A 2.25 mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America. These impressive trees, relatives of the redwood, tower 130 feet into the sky and have a girth of 25 feet. Their massive branches are draped with mosses, lichens, bromeliads and ferns. The forest is also home to alligators, otters, white-tailed deer and red-bellied turtles. A wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, raptors and the fabulous Painted Bunting can be seen throughout the year. Photo opportunities are available at every turn of the boardwalk trail.

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When you go to the Corkscrew Sanctuary,as far as animal life is concerned, nature is variable so you never know what you will see. The landscape itself will change with weather... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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norcross
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When you go to the Corkscrew Sanctuary,as far as animal life is concerned, nature is variable so you never know what you will see. The landscape itself will change with weather conditions so when you go here, you will see nature as it is.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The level, wheel-chair friendly 3+ mile (or less) boardwalk provides opportunities to see many species of birds, alligators, snakes, wildflowers in a wild but safe setting. As the swamp waters recede in late Spring, the gatherings of waterfowl, hawks, vultures, etc. preying on the fish concentrated in the remaining pools provide great viewing and photo opportunities.

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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take the 2 mile walk along the Boardwalk. I don't doubt that this place is teeming with wildlife, especially at night, however I only got to see a small Turtle and had a hard job convincing the others that I had seen one. Wildlife is not it's main attraction just to wander through the peaceful Cypress Trees and to see... More 

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Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a must visit. View Florida as it once was before the subdivisions took over. It contains the Worlds largest remaining old-growth bald cypress trees. Ferns, orchards and many more types of vegetation grow here. Many different spices of wading birds including Wood Storks can be seen among perching birds such as hummingbirds and cardinals.... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see wildlife. There was a small lizard and that was it. Apparently the animals, especially wading birds, prefer elsewhere. Saw in a highway ditch more exotic birds than I did at the dark screw swamp. In a highway ditch I saw a wood stork, Rosetta spoonbill, great egret, ibis. All in the same ditch. Don't waste your money... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place for nature lovers. All kinds of views, and changes every day. Don't miss it! Run by the Audubon Society.

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really interesting park. It has over 3 km of wooden board walks that go through different scenery. There are lots of bald cypress trees, birds ( saw a painted bunting) and lots of alligators. Being from Canada, it was cool to see this different type of nature. Great for adults who like nature.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great boardwalk hike through the swamps, a little over 2 miles. You'll most likely see an alligator! We also saw a baby alligator, too. I wish we would've gone earlier to see more animals, but it was still nice and the staff is very pleasant.

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State College, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plan to visit early in the morning to see wildlife as this park closes early in the afternoon well before sunset. There are other scenic hikes with similar wildlife viewing to be found in nearby Big Cedar Preserve, Fakahatchee Strand, and Everglades National Park... and these hikes won't cost your family an arm and a leg just to enter.

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Chattanooga, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary at the end of August. We arrived just after 7 AM with hopes of seeing wildlife stirring. And as we parked the car there were two rabbits darting across the parking lot. Yes! The visitor center staff was ready to answer questions and concerns and to help us optimize our visit. First things first...... More 

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