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“Something interesting to do while in Naples, FL”

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Pack up a picnic lunch and enjoy a few hours at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. There are a few picnic tables where you can eat in the quiet and beautiful surrounding; There are restrooms in the main building. If you enjoy long walks, this place could be a perfect place to visit - there are two walks on the boardwalk surrounding the swamp - one is the long way around (about an hour) and the other is the short way (maybe about half an hour or so). The boardwalk is level on either walk, so you don't need to worry about climbing. Nevertheless, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring insect repellent, sunscreen or cover yourself to protect from sunburn. There are several places along the way where you can sit and rest under a rest stop, but for the most part you will be exposed the whole time. Bring water and binoculars to enjoy the best of the site. As other reviews state, there are a few volunteers who have high powered scopes focused on special sightings, but it is fun to find things on your own. Can't recommend doing this during the summer, though - too hot and humid! There is a wonderful plant nursery a few hundred feet outside of the sanctuary; if you need garden foliage, this is a good place to buy trees, flowers, and schrubs after you have visited the swamp, for much less money than in town.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

This sanctuary is well worth a visit. We enjoyed it so much, we went twice within a month. The first trip was during the day. The beauty of nature is on full display. We saw many birds and animals. There are volunteers all along the walkways to point out special sights. One had a powerful set of binoculars set up to allow us to see baby alligators on a bank iin the swamp, up close and personal. The second trip was at night (5:30 to 9:00 PM) during a full moon. It was a very different experience, as many animals are nocturnal. Again guides were available to point out interesting things. Well worth both trips.

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

The boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a nice way to experience South Florida's natural habitat. It is interesting to see how much conditions vary throughout the year. There are usually some interesting animals such as alligators, turtles, and various kinds of birds.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is at least the third year that the Sanctuary has had very little water & therefore very few birds for birdwatchers to enjoy.
Yet, the Society charges $12/person as an entrance fee! If birdwatchers use that money to buy gas, travel ~80 miles to the east coast of FL, they can enjoy watching thousands of birds at Green Cay Wetlands (12999 Hagen Ranch Rd. near Delray Beach & Exit 81 of the FL turnpike), drive ~2 miles to Wakodahatchee Wetlands at 13026 Jog Rd. & then try Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR.]on FL Rt. 441 halfway between FL Rts. 804 & 806. All are within 5 miles of each other. You can even stop at a great Deli/Restaurant at the corner between Hagen Ranch & Boynton Beach Rd. in Sun Valley. You will not be disappointed as you will be at Corkscrew during the winter months. These three prospects have more than ample water for the birds and plenty of birds for bird watches.

4  Thank Albert K
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Have you ever seen prehistoric looking trees? Go here and walk in a forest that is older than dreams. The beauty is humbling. Bring water with you, and remember to use the bathroom before you set out on the trail.

Thank Tamara P
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