Nature in Naples
Naples Florida has more to offer than it’s famously beautiful beaches. There are estuaries, wetlands, Everglades and more.
Many people think of Naples Florida as a place to relax at the beach and check out the upscale shopping and art museums but the hidden gems of our beautiful nature walks are nothing to take lightly. Below is a list of some of Naples’s beautiful nature walks that you will want to check out for yourself.
1. Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress has a long boardwalk that winds through the preserve. There is an opportunity to see exotic birds, bear, panther, alligators and more. Speaking of Big Cypress National Preserve, Naples Florida Vacation Homes says:
|The freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, support the rich marine estuaries along Florida’s southwest coast. Protecting over 729,000 acres of this vast swamp, Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther.|
2. Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Botanical Garden is a delightful tropical garden with restored natural habitats.
3. J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
“Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, is known as one of the best places to visit for birding. Check out their eBird Tracker and find out what species have been seen on the refuge today! https://www.fws.gov/refuge/JN_Ding_Darling/
4. Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s website says:
|A visit to Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a journey into the heart of the Everglades ecosystem. Discover the rugged beauty of this famed natural area on Corkscrew’s famous boardwalk – a 2.5-mile adventure through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America.|
5. Everglades National Park
|America’s Everglades – The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.|
6. Naples Zoo
Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo yet it is so much more than a walk-through zoo. It is a nonprofit charitable institution which provides fun activities and a historic tropical garden of exotic plants that were actually first planted in 1919 which hold an incredible historical story.
These adventures are available to us in our own backyard when you live or stay in Naples. Plan a trip to the Everglades or a boardwalk through the breathtaking Cypress swamps and Florida woods where you will spot alligators, eagles, storks and so much more.