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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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375 Sanctuary Rd, Naples, FL 34120-4865
+1 239-348-9151
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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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375 Sanctuary Rd, Naples, FL 34120-4865
+1 239-348-9151
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Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing place! Saw mom and baby alligators, all kinds of birds, interesting trees and vegetation. Great cafe and excellent gift shop. Bought a solar butterfly, it lights up every night! Great day trip!

1  Thank Wendy3333
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Went during the dry season, so mostly dry, but still a magical place early in the morning walking on the boardwalks

Thank Clay W
Reviewed 23 July 2017

This was my second time to visit the sanctuary. My husband and I arrived early to try to photograph as many birds and wildlife as possible. Saw a lot of egrets, herons and even a kingfisher. Be prepared for the mosquitoes though, but of course,...More

Thank Debbie J
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We were in Naples a month and visited Corkscrew two or three times a week. It never disappointed. It is a boardwalk that winds through diverse ecosystems and the birding is phenomenal. The lakes are especially exciting with so many waterbirds, alligators and turtles seemingly...More

2  Thank barbara m
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Nature trail has a wooden walkway that keeps you out of the swamps. Nice welcome air condition center. Avoid a hot humid day. The walk is long, but there are rest areas along the way. Mosquitoes were a problem the day we were there. Didn't...More

1  Thank kacalla1937
Reviewed 12 July 2017

After a very dry winter I went to the Sanctuary. There was almost absolutely nothing to see, no wild life. Everything was dried up. The only thing we saw was vultures, gross. One alligator in a dried up pond.

1  Thank Kristen v
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Nice Swamp Sanctuary walking brings and just pay for parking easy walking from the parking lot throughout the park area- hot in the summer.

Thank KevinSChina
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We arrived early at around 8.30 a.m to avoid the hottest part of the day. beautiful place with something of an other worldly ancient feel. Beautiful plant and animal life - we saw several birds, crayfish, lizards, fish and many stunning plants. As good as...More

Thank oliver b
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This is a must see for outdoor lovers and birdwatching. The boardwalk is very easy to walk and there is a nice gift shop as well.

Thank 9erbabe
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We were hoping to see more wild life! We went around 2pm and saw 1 gator, 1 deer, 1 bird, 1 giant grasshopper!

1  Thank lltravelmel1
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eric g
9 March 2017|
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Response from bgf52 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, with supervision. The boardwalk has a railing throughout but as we've seen kids can sometimes overcome barriers if they're determined and not supervised. You might call the sanctuary for further guidance but I didn't... More
20 February 2017|
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Response from dlotter | Property representative |
No, dogs are not permitted on the boardwalk unless they are a certified service dog.
2 February 2017|
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Response from FishNerd7238 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure you really need one as they have volunteers stationed around the boardwalk that will help with sightings. They also offer tours. If you contact them they may have some independent guides they work with.