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“Short Drive From Marco Island. Bring Mosquito Spray!”

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk
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Florida Everglades Swamp Walking Eco-Tour
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Copeland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is Florida's largest state park. More native orchid species, including the rare Ghost Orchid,grow in this wilderness than anywhere else in the United States. The park's wildlife is as diverse as its flora. Rare species such as the American crocodile and West Indian manatee live in the waterways to the south, while Florida black bears, Everglades mink and endangered Florida panthers inhabit orther regions of the park. For many, the most memorable introduction to this wilderness is a swamp walk. strolling through the slow moving slough waters with a Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist.
Reviewed July 21, 2012

If you're staying on Marco Island, this is a great diversion. The drive is about 20 minutes. I think the boardwalk is a great way to experience the everglades. The walk is not too long and not too short. Just use mosquito spray or you'll regret it. There is a nice gift shop at the trail head which probably has some for sale, but I don't know for sure. We saw our first alligator just a few feet from where we parked our car! And we saw a couple more baby alligators along the trail. After the boardwalk, we drove a few more miles down the road to Everglades City and Chokoloskee Island. Unless you have a lot of time on your hands, there's not much to see there. Just some mildly interesting old buildings and a view of the bay but that's about it. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

We took the 11 mile drive it was pretty neat. Seen an alligator and deer. The first 4 miles were good but did get a little boring toward end and pot holes were big. We did the boardwalk it was pretty but we were getting eat alive by the misquitos and we used bug spray! We seen alligator at the very beginning. Lots of adventure for free, also seen lots of alligator just on main hwy!

Thank Hhcoet
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

We stopped here by chance and were so glad. The boardwalk provides a really interesting view of lots of different trees, including some cypress trees that are hundreds of years old. We saw alligators in the water, plus a juvenile alligator that crossed the path right in front of us (whilst watching us just as carefully as we were watching him!) We were there in April and didn't find the mosquitos a problem.

1  Thank Helen W
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

We had taken an Everglade Safari where we saw everything except alligators. Our guide advised us at the end that if we wanted to see alligators drop int the Boardwalk on the drive back to Naples. It didn't disappoint, we saw lots of alligators including baby gators. There's a ton of other flora and fauna to see as well and it the whole boardwalk can be strolled in 45 mins. At the end theres a big pond that you can sit and enjoy to comings and goings. When we were there we were lucky to see a huge alligator sleeping in the pond.

1  Thank Paul O
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

The boardwalk is 0.6 miles long, through a wooded area. It's interesting, but i would NOT recommend it. Lots of mosquitoes & the bites were more severe than normal. We were there in April - maybe, it's better at other times of the year

Thank Tom_B_NJ
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