Much of the joy of living in Southwest Florida is the abundance of outdoor activities year-round. There are plenty of nature sites to visit in Naples beyond the beach. Experience the natural surroundings of Naples, Florida.
Inspiring and beautiful foliage and flowers
Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre, world-class garden paradise that features plants from around the world. From their commitment to local communities, to their award-winning horticultural design and comprehensive approach to sustainability, Naples Botanical Garden is truly a special place. Visit here: https://www.naplesgarden.org/
All Day Fun
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo and yet much more than a walk-through zoo. The nonprofit charitable institution also features a full day of fun activities. The paved path winds nearly a mile past rare and beautiful animals residing within a historic tropical garden of exotic plants first planted in 1919 with a fascinating history. Visit here: https://www.napleszoo.org/
Big Cypress National Preserve
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. Visit Here: https://www.nps.gov/bicy/index.htm
Experience the Western Everglades
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
A visit to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a journey into the heart of the Everglades ecosystem. Discover 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. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary occupies approximately 13,000 acres inside the Corkscrew Watershed in Southwest Florida, part of the Western Everglades. Visit here: https://corkscrew.audubon.org/
Bird garden of Naples
The Bird Gardens of Naples is a non-profit organization whose sole concern is parrot welfare in captivity and conservation of wild parrots. The Bird Gardens of Naples is located in the green space of Corkscrew Swamp with a variety of flora, fauna, bees, and butterflies. You will have the opportunity to see, learn, and interact with 100+ birds from origins around the world. Visit here: https://thebirdgardensofnaples.org
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