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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

#5 of 124 things to do in Naples Features Animals
375 Sanctuary Rd, Naples, FL 34120-4865
+1 239-348-9151
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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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375 Sanctuary Rd, Naples, FL 34120-4865
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Reviewed June 22, 2016

Took my wife and a 9 and 6 year old to the sanctuary. Really liked the experience of walking in a dense swamp. Kids got a little tired and warm, but mostly you walk in the shade. The bugs are not bad at all, but...More

Thank Athenian_11
Reviewed June 22, 2016

Learnt a lot about the history and the different types of trees and fauna but did not see any wildlife apart from some butterflies

Thank Stellabern1957
Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

This is one of Naples off the beaten path nature retreats. Spend the day walking a boardwalk ramp and stopping to rest on covered benches along the way, looking out and down at different kinds of Florida's plant life and also different species of animals...More

Thank John F
Reviewed June 18, 2016

Wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. Arrived at the sanctuary just as a major thunderstorm hit. We sat outside on the back porch while we waited for the storm to pass. I have to say it was pretty amazing, kind of an...More

Thank bjm1271
Reviewed June 17, 2016

The boardwalk was very well maintained. The sounds of natures are so crisp and clear. We saw a hawk up close. We also had about a 13 foot alligator swim right under the boardwalk where we stood and took up close pictures. This totally excited...More

Thank Teresa G
Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Do not be put off by the never ending drive in to what feels like the middle of no where, it is well worth the visit. First visited late Friday afternoon and found that needed more time to enjoy the experience. Fortunately the admission ticket...More

Thank magsh962
Reviewed June 15, 2016

This "Nature Preserve" just begins to describe this hidden treasure in Naples. The Audubon Society has done a great job in making this a "must see" when visiting the area. I recommend the 2 1/2 mile walk (guided or just doing it at your own...More

Thank Tony T
Reviewed June 11, 2016

This place is great! The entire walkway is built up off of the ground as you are walking above a swamp. There are many types of animals present and we saw raccoons, alligators, and many birds. Bald cypress trees that are many centuries old live...More

Thank Brian B
Reviewed June 10, 2016

This sanctuary is run by the National Audubon Society and has a 2.25 mile boardwalk trail. We took the 9:30 guided tour on the boardwalk. Our guide, Paul, was very informative and knew all the various plants and much about the history of the area....More

Thank Bill R
Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

This is s hidden gem in Naples. Our family visited this preserve and really enjoyed it. The 2.5 mile walk is a piece of cake! We saw a 5 ft. alligator and later 2 baby ones. Well worth your time!

Thank Rob R
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eric g
March 9, 2017|
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Response from bgf52 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, with supervision. The boardwalk has a railing throughout but as we've seen kids can sometimes overcome barriers if they're determined and not supervised. You might call the sanctuary for further guidance but I didn't... More
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ginilee46
February 20, 2017|
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Response from dlotter | Property representative |
No, dogs are not permitted on the boardwalk unless they are a certified service dog.
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bornin42
February 2, 2017|
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Response from FishNerd7238 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure you really need one as they have volunteers stationed around the boardwalk that will help with sightings. They also offer tours. If you contact them they may have some independent guides they work with.
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