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For most people who come to visit Naples, they think about the lovely beaches, the luxurious opportunities for the traveler and local alike, the great fishing, and the fact that it is becoming a great urban escape destination. However, they seem to forget one of the most significant aspects about Naples’ location: that it is location within the Western part of the Florida Everglades!
The Florida Everglades, as a whole, is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is because of its significance as a major ecological habitat for many unique mammals, birds, reptiles and plants. There are several parks in Naples and in Southwest Florida that can give you the chance to explore the Western Everglades. One of the most educational and visitor friendly parks in Naples is the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
About Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Officially established in the 1950s by the Audubon Society, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is one of the most unique, arguably the most unique place related to the Audubon Society in the United States. What makes it unique is the fact that it is the only privately owned park that belongs to the Audubon Society, and that its property contains one of the few remaining, in-tact pine forests in the Southeastern United States.
Starting on October 21, 2015, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary will offer complimentary tours of their “ancient forest,” so that you can learn more about the varieties of pine trees that existed before Europeans arrived, and began harvesting these trees for their uses.