Anyone visiting the Naples area should reserve a half-day for a visit to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. We are regular visitors, but we took our 8-year-old grandson, Jack, for his first visit and he pronounced it 'AWESOME'! We walked the 2 1/4 mile boardwalk trail where we learned how to walk quietly like Indians and listen for animals. We saw a Pine Woods snake on the handrail as he slowly rose up to grasp a low branch and wind his way up onto it. We saw 2 ghost orchid blossoms before something ate them for lunch. We identified scat (very cool for an 8-year-old boy,) and we saw deer in the meadow. Lots of beautiful butterflies. The big trees were very special. We bent waaaay back to try to see the tops of those trees and imagine climbing up there. The visitors center is great, the gift shop is good. Bring a can of insect spray, umbrellas, binoculars and a camera.
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