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Collier Seminole State Park
Ranked #36 of 128 things to do in Naples
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Owner description: This 7,271 acre state park lies partly within the great mangrove swamp of southern Florida, one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. A wide variety of wildlife, including several imperiled species, inhabits this unusual blend of temperate and tropical native plant communities. Visitors can experience this park's remarkable wilderness on several trails. The Blackwater River originates in the park and meanders several miles through the mangroves to Blackwater Bay and the Ten Thousand Islands. The Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park offers popular daily 3-hour Guided Canoe Trip (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM) down the Blackwater River. No paddling experience required. All Canoes have padded seats and backrest! Please call the ranger station for trip price & reservations. The park has canoe rentals along with a boat ramp that provides access to the Blackwater River. Other trails offer opportunities for bicycling, hiking and nature observation. Campground sites have electricity, water, a grill and a picnic table. The restrooms have hot showers and one has a laundry facility. The park is open from 8:00 a.M. Until sunset, 365 days a year.
Reviewed December 29, 2013

We booked one night and at the end extended our visit for 6 nights. Their are two playgrounds and this made entertaining our three small children easy. Once you get use to the bugs you will discover that for the price this is a gem.

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

I can not even understand why this park is allowed to be used as a camping ground, we are supposed to be there camping right now for a 3 night trip and we left after our fist night.. my 2 year old son has 90 YES 90 bites on his face and neck and i spent the whole night trying to keep them off him, BIG mosquitoes and the sites are very small.
The ranger told us Johnson and Johnson use the site to test their bug sprays!!!!! are you fricking serious.111 in the office they sell Tshirts reffering to mosquitos in a joke sort of way like they are part of the attraction..
Very upset right now and I have a son who is in a lot of pain..there should be warnings on their webpage
We used strong bug sprays but it didn't help us
We live in florida and we are used to the bugs but for real this is not even right...I can not even imagine what it is like in the summer
I do not understand why they do not have the area sprayed

1  Thank Becky W
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

My family and I went there and I was amazed at first. The campgrounds are small, but it's worth the extra money for the youth campground, which is a big field.(ask at the main office) the Mosquitos killed most of it and I came back with over 30 bites. I would recommend to camp their for 3 days at the most...otherwise, it would be boring. The canoeing was ok and was boring because of the continuous environment of the mangrove swamps

1  Thank Wahinzi
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Three more weeks and we will be back, just in time for XMas. We had such a good time last year! There is absolutely nothing to do there but relax. You can go for walks, kayak trips and in our case boat down the Black Water river to the ocean. Everybody is just great. Very friendly place, with people going back year after year. You can be on Marco Island in less than a half hour...We plan on exploring a couple of lakes, and of course a few cruises on the ocean.

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Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

We figured going in November would eliminate most of the bug problems, but the no-see-ums were vicious. Even a smoky fire and plenty of Deet didn't deter them.

Outside of that, the park was good camping - a fantastic playground, a big open space for sports, decent-sized (tent area) campsites, and good restroom/shower facilities.

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