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“Lovely - peaceful and beautiful!”

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
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Private Half-Day Lake Trafford Fishing Trip near Naples
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Ranked #5 of 124 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.
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lovely - peaceful and beautiful!”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

This is a 2.25 mile boardwalk full of nature and peace. Many people go to birdwatch and to listen to the bird calls. If people talk, it is usually in hushed whispers. When we went, we saw five baby alligators sunning together, three adult alligators, four turtles, a snake, and loads of beautiful birds, including a barred owl. The walk was not strenuous at all. They have a little theatre with continuous presentations, a gift shop, and a little cafe. No food is allowed on the boardwalk, so plan accordingly. Don't forget your binoculars and cameras! It was a great outing!

Visited February 2012
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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“It's totally natural all right!”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Went for a date. We went inside a darkened simulated rain forest room. Had a nice gift shop. It seemed like miles and miles of boardwalk. Best alligator viewing and you could look down at all the baby gators (very close view). We were walking along and a big snake fell out of a tree almost landing on top of us!! No worries though, we scared the poor critter mercilessly with our screams and it quickly scurried off. Quite an adventure indeed. The location is very far out in the boonies but the roads are clearly marked with signage.

Visited March 2011
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South Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Peaceful and pleasant nature walk”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

A 2.5 mile boardwalk winding through a swampy area where you can enjoy wildlife, including numerous birds and, if you're lucky, land based animals. Just a couple of 'gators' on our visit but numerous birds including wood stork, anhinga, egrets and more. $10.00 admission, not a bad value.

Visited February 2012
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Loved it”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

We visited Feb 22, 2012 and along the 2.2 mile boardwalk through the swamp saw: pileated woodpecker, hawks, egrets, ibises, cormorants, wood stork and 6-8 baby alligators. We also heard but did not see an owl. What a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

Visited February 2012
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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Entertained by Wildlife!”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Four of us spent 3 delightful hours at the Sanctuary on Feb. 22, 2012. We packed a picnic lunch (there are plenty picnic tables, some in shade) and then did the 2.25 boardwalk trail through the swamp.
The plant life is beautiful, so different than anything in Northern Indiana. We could hear lots of birds, but didn't see any "action" until the last mile of the boardwalk trail. Patience is golden! We then came upon several wading birds: ibis, herons, egrets, great white egret,. The best entertainment came from an annhinga who caught himself a good-sized fish and swallowed it whole.
We also saw a pile of baby alligators close to the bridge, but didn't see their Mother, although we know she was there. Some others had seen her.
We plan to return next year for an afternoon.

Visited February 2012
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