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“Nice interesting walk”

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk
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Florida Everglades Swamp Walking Eco-Tour
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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.
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Nice interesting walk”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stopped at the boardwalk and enjoyed a nice walk and read the many interesting signs. Saw a lot of different birds but no gators. It was a nice stop and yes they have facilities.

Visited November 2012
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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Boardwalk offers lots of Nature- But I never Saw Gators”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The boardwalk here is very nice and offers lots of unique nature and plants, but we never saw a gator. We saw a nice snake- a Cottonmouth- and many geckos, trees, birds, and others as we got eaten alive by mosquitoes. It was very nice and relaxing, but definitely not for everyone, especially those who don't like snakes or are mosquito magnets. The wilderness surrounded us with Cypress and Mangrove trees. I recommend it if you're ITCHING (you'll be after the trip) for an up close view of great nature, because if you come at the right times that's what you'll find!

Visited July 2013
Thank Clay L
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New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“If you wanna see gators, don't stop here. However if it's west Nike you after you've come to the right place.”
Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful trees surround a lovely wooden boardwalk. It's a bit overgrown and the only wildlife to be found was a grasshopper and Mosquitos

Visited June 2013
Thank Diana M
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Bushnell, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Not for everyone: please read this”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Hope this prevents some confusion: there are TWO attractions reviewed here: Fakahatchee AND the boardwalk at the Oasis Visitor's Center (east on 41, in Big Cypress). I think they should be separated: they are completely distinct and will appeal to two distinct types of travelers. If you want a guaranteed look at 'gators, the boardwalk should be your first stop. There is a nice visitor's center there with knowledgeable rangers. There is A/C in the center, and clean bathrooms. If you want a more rugged look at the area's ecosystem, Fakahatchee is for you. Be sure you have plenty of fuel, water and food...just in case. If you are prepared to get out there into the wilderness and be still, you might see hawks, deer, racoons, 'gators, snakes, turkeys, and even black bear. (I know there are panthers, too, but I have never seen them, so I won't guarantee that you will, either.) Depending on the season, you'll also see, hear and feel mosquitoes! Choose the venue that suits your style and enjoy!

Visited May 2013
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“great time for a tank of gas”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

I drive this road many times a year and every time i see something new. Yes the road is rough but if it was EZ every one would do it and it would loose the wildness. If you stop and and be quiet you might get to see some wild life in a natural state not the deer in the head light look.It takes me back it time to the real Florida wild and tropic. If in the area it is a must see

Visited October 2012
Thank Steve P
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