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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.
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Easy walking trails that offer appreciation of the variety of foliage and plantlife. Several rangers walk the grounds and stop and talk and answer questions. We saw some alligators and a couple of interesting birds. In the winter they get many more birds.

Visited May 2013
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“Corkscrew Spectacular”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

A great two mile boardwalk loop assists you in exploring the beautiful natural side of South Florida at Corkscrew Swamp. You can learn about the dramatic story of how Audubon came to create Corkscrew Swamp Santuary in their Vistor Center. Teaming with wildlife and native plants that are described with small signs posted along the boadwalk make it educational as well as relaxing stroll. There is a bulletin board that people use to write on that provide a list of what animals have been spotted for the day from the boardwalk to help you know what to look for and often volunteers with scopes are stationed on the boardwalk to help answer questions and point out special sightings. When in season this is a great place to see Painted Buntings. I would recommend this site for all ages and even brought out my Dad who needs assistance with a wheelchair to Corkscrew and he had a great time! The giftshop is also had some fun and good quality souvenirs.

Visited March 2013
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“Cypress Swamp, Gators, Rare Birds & Plants”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Visiting our daughter, a student at nearby Ave Maria University, I noted the existence of this nature preserve, and decided we'd visit it. It was well worth it. The day we went was warm, but not blistering hot. It's still the dry season, so the swamp, which is largely rain-fed, was dried out, except for occasional pools. The boardwalk through the swamp is wide, and as another commenter said, well-maintained. It goes for TWO plus miles! And just so you know, the restrooms are only in the gift shop near the parking lot. But, even though it was the dry season, we saw quite close up, a wood stork, which is on the endangered species list. In the exact same pool as the stork was a mother alligator and her six 18" youngsters, one of which tried to bite the stork. Said stork calmly shook off the alligator, and sauntered to a nearby pool. The 11,000 acres (ACRES!) of Bald Cypress is the largest stand of those trees in the USA. It is a lovely walk to take, even though you might not see much wildlife. Once a month they have a program at night - otherwise, it closes at 5 p.m. We (parents & 16yo & 22yo) did not have a guide, nor were there any volunteers on the boardwalk pointing things out for us, but that was fine with us. There are occasional benches, viewing turn-outs and a few rain shelters...but if it looks like rain, come prepared. (We weren't...left our water in the car, and our umbrellas...but we lucked out!)

We put on bug repellent, just in case, but the bugs (flies & mosquitos) weren't bad.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is great place to come to see Florida as it should be, serene. An awesome place for great photographs of nature and wildlife. You must go early in the AM and walk slowly with minimal sound, to catch the most wildlife. Going early in the AM, avoids children and those tourists that want to hurry through, all of which scare the animals, fish, lizards, alligators and birds. If you like outdoors and taking your time, this is a must.

Visited June 2012
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15 attraction reviews
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“One Fine Boardwalk & Education Ctr. at Audubon Corkscrew!”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

People come for the boardwalk excursion through several habitat zones to an ancient cypress woods surrounding "Lettuce Lake." Yes, you will see alligators at the lake - we saw several large gators and many juvenile, smaller gators, still with their white-striped tail. We also saw a pair of young barred owls, a night heron, and many more spectacular birds. There is a lot to see!
What will make you want to come back are the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Naturalists. Make time to go when you can take the escorted tour, if you can.
The Boardwalk is approx. 2-miles long, with shorter routes available. It is smooth and very well maintained. Recommend watching their website for special events and trips into the extensive backcountry. Wheelchairs and strollers are available for public use - indicative of the thoughtful approach of the managers here.

Visited April 2013
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