Naples is one of my favorite cities in Florida. There are a myriad of dining options and comfortable lodging choices, beaches, and swamps galore. With so many fun activities available in this part of the state, it can be tough to decide how to spend your time. If I had to pick my favorite place to visit in all of Naples though, it would be Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
If you feel like adventuring outdoors to see what South Florida is all about but aren’t in the mood to get down and dirty, this is the place for you. Beautiful boardwalks wind you around different ecosystems that house incredible trees, plants, and wildlife. The staff and volunteers of this sanctuary really do an excellent job maintaining the boardwalks – you can even comfortably maneuver around them in your beach sandals.
The trails are a mix of shaded strolls and sunny walks, so it’s smart to wear SPF and keep yourself protected from the elements even though there are parts of the trail that are very shaded. I have to say, though, even during the visits I’ve made in August, I was comfortable on the trails.
I’ve visited Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in spring, summer, and fall, and all of those seasons offer wildlife viewings and incredible opportunities to see the beautiful flora of this part of the state.
Whenever you visit, you are sure to have a good time. To ensure you have the best time possible though, be certain you have insect repellent with you. The really nice gift store, clean bathrooms, and well-maintained boardwalks make it easy to forget that are dealing with typical Florida wilderness. Biting insects and the heat will have no mercy on you if you are ill-prepared. So, be sure to spray down with repellent (for mosquitos, no-see-ums, biting flies) and bring plenty of cool water with you during your walk. Oh, and don’t forget your phone and/or camera! Recently a visitor recorded a Florida panther walking around the boardwalk!
If you end up visiting Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, let me know what wildlife you spotted by commenting below or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.