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“Place to go for wildlife”

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
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Private Half-Day Lake Trafford Fishing Trip near Naples
Ranked #3 of 122 things to do in Naples
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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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“Place to go for wildlife”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

Very long boardwalk with lots of Audubon personnel around to help identify birds and mammals. We were there on a quiet day and saw a lot of warblers, herons, wood storks and 2 gigantic alligators.

Visited March 2014
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Haliburton, Canada
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“A treasure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

I have been here a few times over the past several years. Each time I visit I see something different. Last year the water levels were low and this year they are high. This brings about different nesting, foraging and migration conditions which, in turn, will affect what species you see as well as the abundance and diversity. But any way you look at it this is a very special sample of bald cypress forest safely tucked away by Audubon in a setting that preserves it for all time. As someone interested in nature and what it offers the $12 price of entry seems like a real bargain.

You are welcomed to the sanctuary by a very nice visitor center. From there you are given access to the system of boardwalks that loop around the bald cypress forest. There are numerous lookouts and side trails that feature scenic views, important wetlands or nesting/roosting areas. There are always volunteer nature guides along the boardwalks to provide updates on local sightings or special features.

Make sure you leave enough time to walk slowly along the boardwalks and stop and peer into the forest regularly. If you just go for a walk along the boardwalks it's very easy to miss seeing various happenings in the woods. Also keep your ears tuned to noises in the forest - they usually are an indication that that there is something worthwhile in there to observe. If you just walk and talk with your friends you are less likely to be aware of those sorts of things.

Folks, this is not Orlando or SeaWorld. This is a remnant natural area where there is much to learn and appreciate about what once covered far more of our landscape. It's not an adrenaline rush. But for those who really appreciate nature this is a real treasure.

Something to be aware of - there is a small, indoor area to sit and rest and have a muffin and juice. But there is no coffee or hot food. I was told by an employee that they are not allowed to sell coffee because it constituted "cooking" and that represented a danger to safety of the facility. Seriously. So, if you want a sip of coffee for a break you have to take your own.

Other than that, it's a great place to visit if you have an interest in nature. Make sure you stop just outside the visitor center doors to have a look for the spectacular Painted Bunting!

Visited March 2014
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“Birds galore!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

A great place to take in the local flora and fauna. We went in the afternoon and would definitely return but in the morning. I feel we would see more action then. We did see a barred owl sitting just and arm length away from the boardwalk, at eye level! We watched this guy for a while with facination. Also saw two 14' gators sleeping in the sun... Massive. Many other birds, lizards and butterfly's, wood storks flying over head, interesting plants. I didn't eat, but saw the cafe looked very nice, big gift shop, clean restrooms, friendly staff. A nice little putting, I will visit again.

Visited March 2014
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Naples, Florida
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“A Local's Perspective”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Quite a ways out of Naples proper but you can also plan other things for the remainder of the day, such as Seminole Casino or Bird Gardens of Naples. You can probably plan to spend about half a day at the Sanctuary (including drive time)

Visited May 2013
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LosAngeles, CA
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“Fun beach alternative”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Spent a few hours at the sanctuary and saw what native Florida might have looked like complete with the fattest raccoon and huge alligator mixed in with some very old trees and several interesting birds.

Visited March 2014
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