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Wildlife Walkabout in Naples, Florida

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Boardwalk

“My husband and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in Southwest Florida. One of the highlights was Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, just northeast of Naples, Florida. This 2.25 mile boardwalk, maintained by the National Audubon Society, is a fun activity for the entire family. It winds through an amazing variety of ecosystems—more than I’ve ever seen in one place before. We strolled through a pine upland, wet prairie, a marsh and a cypress forest, all from the comfort of a wooden boardwalk.”

“There were plenty of benches and rain shelters in case we wanted to rest, or just stop and take in the views. There was excellent wheelchair and stroller accessibility, many informative signs with pictures and drawings, and best of all, many knowledgeable Audubon Society volunteer guides. Their interest and excitement was contagious. They even loaned us their binoculars so we could see the things they were pointing out. On our trip, for example, we saw a yellow-neck warbler, perched owl, mating storks, and a mother hummingbird and her nest.”Spoonbills

“But that’s not all. We also spotted graceful white and pink wading spoonbills, feeding ibis, and a few alligators floating silently like a log. And of course the foliage and plant life is beautiful. All in all, it was a lovely, leisurely stroll through a beautiful spot. Somehow it was both relaxing and exciting at the same time. For Florida vacationers and residents, we highly recommend a visit to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. My husband and I both plan to go again the next time we’re in Southwest Florida.”

Website: http://www.corkscrew.audubon.org/

Hours: April 11-Sept. 30: 7 AM to *7:30 PM — Oct. 1-April 10: 7 AM to *5:30 PM
*Check their website for specific closing times.

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