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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

#5 of 124 things to do in Naples Features Animals
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 yesterday

We visited here while on vacation in Naples. We found it to be one of the coolest experiences! We came across one of the largest alligators we've ever seen in the wild. There were plenty of birds and other wild animals as well! We were...More

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 2 days ago

The boardwalk makes a nice spot for an hour of walking (of if you're sheltering for the rain & thunder, two hours). There are some educational points and we did see three gators from a far. To bad we were sheltering under a sun screen...More

Thank AnnaQueenBee
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice trail through flooded Cyprus swamps. Kids enjoyed it too. The boardwalk makes for a nice even path especially for older hikers

Thank loop6247
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited "Corkscrew" in February. There is an elevated walkway (above the swamp) that runs for about 2.5 miles, with a cutoff that will shorten the walk to about a mile or so.You can check the route on the map that you will receive. There...More

Thank mcarr0ll27
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two photographer friends and I recently walked the 2+ mile boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. It was my first time. I really did not know what to expect. This was a hit and I look forward to many return trips in spite of the $14...More

1  Thank Radiohutch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited last year and hope to return. The staff at the visitors center is helpful, the boardwalk is amazing.

Thank Gator2743
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is truly a cool place to visit! Although outside it is a shaded walking path about 2.2 miles. So fun to see different nature! Gift shop pretty fun too!

1  Thank JMS664
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit if you are in the area. Although there is a drought in the area there was still plenty to see. There is about a two mile boardwalk that winds thru the swamp. I would strongly recommend bringing a couple of...More

Thank Gary G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our afternoon at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary was outstanding. It was an opportunity to see birds, snakes and alligators in their natural habitats among the amazing plants, flowers and trees of SW Florida. Our guests took many wonderful photos and great memories of our visit...More

1  Thank Russ R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walk through the swamp provided nice views, but the volunteer staff was the best. Very knowledgeable about the different types of vegetation.

1  Thank 528gaylaw
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Is it safe for kids?
10 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
can I bring my dog?
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.
Can anyone recommend a good bird guide who can take us birding in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary?
3 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.