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Koreshan State Park

3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928-1919
+1 239-992-0311
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A relaxing place to walk through a nature trail as well as canoe. To rent a canoe is only $5.00... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jennifermbouwkamp
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Fort Myers, Florida
Great history and unusual story.

Wonderful events. Spent the day at the farmer's market. So unique. Had a Croatian lunch then later... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CharlotteDayTripper
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Park open daily, 365 days a year from 8:00 AM until sunset. The historic Koreshan Settlement is open daily from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Camping, hiking, picnic area, playground, kayak and canoe rentals, boat launch on the Estero River, guided historic tours, Sunday Farmers Market, Yoga in the Park Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dr. Cyrus R. Teed's utopian community of 200 followers relocated from New York to Florida in 1894. Dr. Teed took the name 'Koresh,' the Hebrew translation for Cyrus, meaning shepherd. The colonists believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. They conducted experiments that seemed to confirm their beliefs. The Koreshans built and operated a printing facility, boat works, cement works, sawmill, bakery, store and hostelry. Education, science and art also helped shape their community. After the death of Dr. Teed in 1908 at the age of 69, membership of his religious group began to decline. In 1961, the four remaining members deeded 305 acres of their land to the state of Florida as a park and memorial. The Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928-1919
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A relaxing place to walk through a nature trail as well as canoe. To rent a canoe is only $5.00 compared to other places around the area. In the state park there is also a history side to it that is very interesting to learn...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful events. Spent the day at the farmer's market. So unique. Had a Croatian lunch then later snacked at the Koreshan bakery, bread pudding which was wonderful, and fresh bread. Beautiful lush native plants. Well kept buildings and nicely curated. Great story and history here...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really had no idea when we heard this was a state park and historic site that it was the site of a unique utopian religious community with roots in the Burned Over district of upstate NY (where were are from and where we have...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting old community from the 19th Century that was(is) the halfway point on the Tamiami Trail Rt 41 between Tampa & Miami. This is where people in horse drawn wagons & horseback stopped for services, provisions & supplies along the 275 mile wagon...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I always recommend Koreshan for photoshoots. The park is great for your first time. Also great place for trail rides and kayaking.

Thank Nikki H
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Attended a birthday party here. Very peaceful park, clean well kept. Park Rangers available for assistance. New Paviliions with BBQ grills and picnic tables. Playground for kids.

Thank JBOFlorida
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a very interesting place with great history.The people that originally found this development had a great work and religious beliefs. They were very educated and into the arts also.I just don’t know how they hoped to survive as a community since to live...More

Thank Catherine H
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

$5 entrance fee/car, plenty of parking and Friendly Volunteers and Rangers abound here. At 1 pm there is free indoor musical entertainment and we all enjoyed it very much. The walk between the Historic buildings is mostly crushed shells so it is uneven and dusty....More

Thank Cre8tiv16
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Stayed two nights at Koreshan state park. The park is wonderful lots of history and really interesting. The camp sites are lovely and spacious. The restrooms and very clean. We hired a canoe for a couple of hours very relaxing and peaceful.

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

We visited before Christmas, my last visit all the buildings were closed, so I was very excited to tour the buildings. We spent several hours taking it all in. The volunteers were a wealth of knowledge. The video is well worth the watch. Make sure...More

1  Thank Kathy T
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Becki P
3 January 2018|
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Response from Elaine P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don't know , if you phone them they are very helpful . It is a lovely site .
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Lisa D
30 January 2017|
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Response from crypticat | Reviewed this property |
The ghost walk is a play that you experience while walking through the park. A guide narrates as you walk candlelit paths and watch actors perform at various stops along the way. The play is derived from actual Koreshan... More
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Response from Eric F | Reviewed this property |
It is Florida
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