Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers

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In the middle of a residential area and shopping center, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is an unexpected oasis for wildlife and exotic animals. Learn about the slough and be a part of its preservation, or just enjoy walking between cypress trees, looking out for orchids or birds. Every August and September, the site offers wet walks, two-hour walks through clean rainwater up to your waist. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Fort Myers Edition.
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  • To walk on a boardwalk through a swamp is an incredible experience. We saw so much wildlife; it was thrilling. The parking lot was quite full and the walk was filled with friendly people and helpful v...  more »
  • This is a great place to take a shady walk. Depending on the weather you can see lots of alligators, wild pigs, snakes and turtles. If the animals are hiding, the trees and water are nice enough that ...  more »
  • My husband and I visited the slough in late January. The website indicated that the first 20 people who register onsite are permitted to go on their free 90 minute tours. We went on a day when a husba...  more »
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  • What an asset to the community and to visitors to the area! We strolled the boardwalk for about 2 hours--we could have gone faster, but we kept seeing interesting wildlife: alligators, squirrels, hawks, night herons, ibis--all kinds of birds. We had the best view of a pleated woodpecker you could imagine: 15 feet away, eye level. The handicapped-accessible boardwalk offers opportunity for strolling, photographing, birding, watching people and nature. Plenty of places to sit and rest and think about how lovely it is to find a place in such a populated area to look at ferns and cypresses. I'll definitely be back. Guided walks are offered regularly, and on various topics. The swamp was open and busy on Christmas day, with open restrooms even when the visitors center was closed for the holiday.
  • A wonderful local (for me) cypress preserve in Lee Country which is home to a variety of wading birds, wild pigs, turtles, alligators, and more. A sturdy boardwalk meanders through the swamp past ponds and forest. Best opportunities for seeing wildlife is after the rainy season when ponds are full. Late winter the ponds and swamp can be pretty dry which can limit the number of wading birds there. Interactive and educational signs are located along the boardwalk and there are a few covered areas to provide shelter from rain.
  • Called and told that they had wheel chairs to borrow. Got there only to find out that the office that had the wheelchairs closed at 4:00. We got there too late to borrow as we wouldn't return until about 6:00. Otherwise excellent facility. Saw a gator and lots of birds. Nice walkways.
  • I make it a point to visit this place every time I’m in town. I have never been disappointed. The views, surroundings & wildlife never disappoint. I only wish that people didn’t bring their kids. Therefore, I recommend visiting the slough close to dawn and dusk to really have a chance to take it in as it should be.
  • Beautiful park. I hadn't been in heard and revisitng it as an adult is truly amazing. Its work the hike just for the boardwalk. The photography opportunities are amazing. The wildlife is active and always moving. All in all worth the stop.

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