Corkscrew Swamp

Naples, Florida
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Corkscrew Swamp
Corkscrew Swamp is a bit off the beaten path in Naples. It's a beautiful wildlife area and nature preserve. There is a 2 1/2 mile long boardwalk that meanders through the swamp. It's a very peaceful walk. Right now is the dry season so much of the swamp l...
Corkscrew Swamp is a bit off the beaten path in Naples. It's a beautiful wildlife area and nature preserve. There is a 2 1/2 mile long boardwalk that meanders through the swamp. It's a very peaceful walk. Right now is the dry season so much of the swamp looked more like a meadow, but we still saw lots of wildlife. We saw a bunch of birds, a few alligator, lots of lizards, and many interesting plants and trees. There are staff members along the board walk that are there to answer questions. They also have some tours but we didn't go on one this time.
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Hotels
Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue
This is a very nice hotel overlooking the water with a nice kitchenette. Great stay.
Points of interest
Botanical Place Circle
Wow! Corkscrew swamp was my favorite activity in Naples but the Botanical garden was a close second. Beautiful gardens, nice walking areas and a fun butterfly house.
Naples Pier
Very nice boardwalk to people watch, check for dolphins or just watch the sunset.
Freedom Circle
Freedom Park is a small nature area. We saw turtles, alligators and lots of birds. Quiet area to relax and walk.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
This is a great educational center for all ages. The electric boat ride is fun too.
Crew Land & Water Trust
Really excellent wildlife area. You are really "in" nature. The alligators are very close. Excellent experience.
Restaurants
Truluck's
This restaurant is somewhat pricey but has nice ambiance. The surf and turf was very good.
Rumba Cuban Cafe
I think this was our favorite place in Naples. The menu was interesting and diverse and all the food we got was delish. Service was great too.
Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs
Super fun menu, and excellent burgers. Get a chocolate shake too. They have a burger on donuts! I didn't try it but maybe next time!
Shopping
Kilwin's Chocolates
The ice cream looked great but we came for the fudge and it was a nice treat.
Special activities
The Naples Winery
Nice place to check out their fruit wines. Knowledgeable staff.
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