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“Great view of the mangroves, from both inside and out.”

Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
Ranked #5 of 51 things to do in Cape Coral
Certificate of Excellence
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Pereira, Colombia
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77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great view of the mangroves, from both inside and out.”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is mostly all boardwalk trails slightly elevated above the tides in this well preserved area right in the city. The trails wind through the mangroves and there are well placed placards describing the highlights along the trail. There are two sections where the boardwalk goes out into the Calosahatchee River as long fishing piers and for great views. If you take your time and walk quietly and slowly so as to see some wildlife, it may take 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Outside the entrance are many monuments to servicemen and women of past wars, very impressive. Way on the west end you can rent kayaks for a fee and take a water voyage in the preserve on weekends. Nice place.

Visited April 2014
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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208 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“walk the boardwalk through mangroves and end at the see the Veterans Memorial park”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Not much wildlife when we were there, but good walking on the boardwalk. Also a pleasant surprise to see all the Veterans Memorial monuments. We enjoyed the walk.

Visited April 2014
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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Neat place to visit but...”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

Nice to see it, but I must admit I kept waiting for something to jump out at me. Definitely gives you the everglades feel.

Visited February 2014
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Haliburton, Canada
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146 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“5 stars for protection, 1 star for birds = 3 stars”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

First let me say that I fully support and admire the efforts that have gone into protection of this natural mangrove ecosystem. It lies in the city interior and is surrounded by traffic, housing developments and shopping malls. It can't have been easy to achieve this protection and it provides an accessible park-like setting where one can learn about and explore this unique habitat.

Having said that, if you are looking to see and photograph a variety of bird species (as the promo material suggests you can do) it will likely be a disappointment. My few hours exploring the boardwalks turned up very few birds of any description. And the traffic noise from the adjacent road system was almost deafening, making any attempts to hear natural sounds almost impossible. The one place where birds were seen was at the boardwalk spur out into the cove. There, there were a couple of Osprey, a coot, a merganser and a Spotted Sandpiper. In the mangrove area there was a single White Ibis. That's it.

Although poor for birds and bird photography it is obviously a popular place for walking and jogging. The boardwalks are well maintained and are wide enough to pass people along the way. And it's all free and parking is available. It's a little difficult to find the entrance way into the parking area - it takes several twists and turns through residential areas.

Visited March 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“fun and free”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

A nice leisurely walk through the mangroves. Go at your own pace. Perfect for couples of families. Includes stations and posts to stop and read along the way

Visited April 2014
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