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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk

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Address: 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, FL 34137
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is...

At more than 85,000 acres, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is Florida's largest state park. More native orchid species, including the rare Ghost Orchid,grow in this wilderness than anywhere else in the United States. The park's wildlife is as diverse as its flora. Rare species such as the American crocodile and West Indian manatee live in the waterways to the south, while Florida black bears, Everglades mink and endangered Florida panthers inhabit orther regions of the park. For many, the most memorable introduction to this wilderness is a swamp walk. strolling through the slow moving slough waters with a Friends of Fakahatchee naturalist.

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We've often enjoyed the boardwalk here, a reasonable distance with almost a guarantee to see alligators and various birds. However yesterday's excursion turned into a disaster... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DontWaitForSpring
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Halifax, Canada
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've often enjoyed the boardwalk here, a reasonable distance with almost a guarantee to see alligators and various birds. However yesterday's excursion turned into a disaster because of the swarms of mosquitoes, something we've not encountered here before. Even with a limited application of insect repellent, I received upwards of 40 bites. I was shocked that most of those were... More 

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1 Thank DontWaitForSpring
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove 2 large rental cars to the park one day, was told just to drive down the dirt track & keep stopping to look for wildlife. Managed to see quite a few Gators totally in the wild, some with baby's. Rough going after a few miles thought of turning back when we got to the bend with a notice... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Specifically went there because there is a boardwalk. Driving down the road we almost missed it, you pull off and park along the road. The water level is low this time of he year so the area is dry or muddy. We did see several alligators and lots of birds. The boardwalk has lots of boards that were recently replaced... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here to walk on the boardwalk in this park. On the gravel path leading up to the boardwalk, you are walking alongside a muddy swamp and the gators are right there, no barriers. This could be dangerous, very dangerous. But we took a chance, snapped some photos with the gators and continued onto the boardwalk. The boardwalk is... More 

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Cleethorpes
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Couldn't give this place 5 stars even though we saw loads of gators. No maps, no directions, no organisation. We didn't manage to find the boardwalk, and just drove through the park as instructed. We were lucky we spied a couple of gators in a small pond next to the road, we got out the car and took some great... More 

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Bruce B, Public Relations Manager at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk, responded to this review

You are right that the Florida's largest state park is a primitive wilderness with a tiny staff. It's great you did get to see some wildlife which is always a matter of luck since the animals are roaming freely in their natural habitat. A volunteer group, the Friends of Fakahatchee, works hard to enhance visitors' experiences in the park by... More 

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a little time to kill, so we stopped here. A great little park. Not a minute out of the car, we spot a mid size alligator basking in the sun/mud. Another 30 feet, brings 2 large alligators, and 3 babies. The board walk was fantastic, signage giving little bits of info on the birds, and tree/vegetation in the... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

We were recommended by several people in Everglades City to walk the boardwalk if you want to see wildlife. We went late afternoon, and the past few days had been dry and cool. We saw several different types of wading birds, heron, egrets etc. Saw a few gators as well. Didn't see any mammals on this trip. The boardwalk is... More 

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We started our trip off strong,on our way we heard a loud roar from a fierce beast as we had our windows down. We stopped and pulled out our bird watching binoculars. I saw two bears in the distance and realized what they were doing. Let's just say it was mating season and they were "having fun". Overall the children... More 

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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a glimpse of SW Florida from a boardwalk before most of the Cypress trees were logged. It is our 'go to place' when introducing visitors to the quiet, natural beauty of the area. We've seen Alligators (adult and baby); Barred Owls; Eagles; Hawks; Deer and many birds over years of visiting. Never know what you'll see but we've... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Pulled off 41 to check this out and it was great! It was an easy walk down a boardwalk that takes you into another word. I got out alone between tour groups and it was amazingly peaceful. I will do it again with a tour guide, because I caught some good info from the two out there with groups. But... More 

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