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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park & Boardwalk

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Address: US-41 (Tamiami Trail) about 7 miles west of SR-29, Box 548, 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. For schedules of swamp walks and other park adventures check the Friends of Fakahatchee Orchidswamp website.

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Old Florida Wilderness at Janes scenic Memorial Drive

First things first! The drive through the Janes Scenic park requires a car that is elevated, like an SUV or jeep. We drove through with our Honda Element and bounced around a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Fort Lauderdale
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

First things first! The drive through the Janes Scenic park requires a car that is elevated, like an SUV or jeep. We drove through with our Honda Element and bounced around a lot!! The higher the car the better. Be prepared for rugged terrain. The drive through the park is long but beautiful and is about 12 miles. You will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boardwalk through parts of the Fakahatchee National preserve with chances to see a lot of birds, maybe deers, snakes, bald eagle and alligators. We saw an alligator chilling in the parking lot which was our high lite! But on this safe Elevated path we saw some interesting creatures! Worth a visit when you drive down 41 through the everglades. That's... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are planning a trip to SW Florida and enjoy the outdoors, then a tour of the Preserve with the Friends of the Fakahatchee is highly recommended. My son and I took a 'Swamp Tromp' led by volunteers affiliated with The Friends of the Fakahatchee, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to the Preserve . Patrick and Jim were great guides.... More 

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

Thanks for your positive comments about the Friends of Fakahatchee swamp walks. All of our tours are led by trained naturalists or biologists, and as you note, all proceeds go to support the Preserve. And unlike the more expensive commercial swamp walks which do not benefit the preserve, our adventures all start with a ride on our Ghost Rider tram... More 

Afton, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by the boardwalk on a recent mid morning leisurely stroll from highway to end of boardwalk. Two volunteers were around to ask questions about the strand by including dense wooded areas, ponds, streams, birds and fish. At first glance I didn't see much... then with the passing of several quiet listening minutes along the boardwalk- sounds of birds calling,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little nature walk in which we saw a huge alligator at the very end of! Very exciting and made it worthwhile!

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We'd never heard of the Fakahatchee Strand but stopped to take a look while driving by. It's a very pleasant walk on a well maintained boardwalk culminating at an observation deck overlooking a beautiful pond/swamp. Well worth stopping for

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trail wends its way through the Everglades and gives you a front seat for viewing wildlife, plant life, and a unique ecosystem. Trails are well-maintained and easy to follow. I had wanted to go to gate 12, but didn't want to abuse my rental car, so hiked at Gate 7. Saw alligator, orchids, and all kinds of exotic birds.... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Drove Prius 5-11 mph. Turned around after 7.6 mi. Saw some gators. Going 5 mph, panther ran past us driver's side, 3.1 miles from asphalt. No spots, rich tawny color. Was in view 3-4 seconds.

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Cooper City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

It was a beautiful sunny and cool day for our November visit to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve. Friends of the Fakahatchee have wonderful volunteers who support this unique Florida State Park. The history of the park and natural characteristics were enthusiastically shared by our guide, Patrick Higgins. He told interesting stories while we traveled by tram, walked in drier prairie areas... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We first took a tram down the dirt road which once served as a logging road, making stops along the way to get out and see and learn about the flora and fauna. The next stop was the swamp where we were greeted by a juvenile, about 5.5 ft., alligator on one side of the road. We were headed the... More 

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