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. Make Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve part of your personalized Fort Myers itinerary using our Fort Myers vacation trip planner.
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  • This is a great place to take a leisurely morning walk. Many photo opportunities. Definitely recommend.  more »
  • Almost next to the expressway, one finds this beautiful park. There are also guided tours at certain times. You must take but time, so that you get to see at all a few critters. Not suitable for very young children, too boring. With luck, you can see woodpeckers, snakes, turtles, squirrels... Supposedly it has also otters, alligators, etc. Necessarily take to drink. Parking fee must be paid in advance on the machine (when you do see it...).
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  • The Six Mile Cypress Slough is a wonderful area for a safe, peaceful, quiet winding stroll on the raised wooden boardwalk surrounded by the tropical foliage that provides shade in most areas while you...  more »
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  • If you love nature you'll love this place. There's a boardwalk that's about a mile and 1/2 long that takes you deep into a swamp with lakes in some areas and you'll see different kinds of wildlife and plants. Even though it's swampy, mosquitoes are rare. Very nice place to just get away and see and feel nature. Even the air seems to be fresh and clean. I highly recommend you check this place out .
  • Excellent boardwalk hike through a Cypress swamp. We saw alligator tracks! We also saw lots of interesting herons and other swamp birds as well as turtles. There were several locations along the trail where volunteers set up telescopes so that visitors could examine birds up close. The Cypress trees themselves were very interesting too. I would definitely come back here to explore more.
  • Great place to visit. Definitely be back throughout the year. Visited on a hot, muggy, overcast mid-June, early afternoon. Be patient, quiet and walk slowly and you will not be disappointed. Camera/binoculars a must.
  • The whole loop takes around 2 hours of one takes plenty of time to take pictures, rest a couple of times for 5-10 mins each. Pay the parking accordingly. I misjudged from the name and paid an hour extra. Very tranquilizing place with lots of shaded areas to cool off the heat of mid day.
  • Totally recommend taking a walk at this place. Raised boardwalk - very accessible. Have seen snakes, gators, all sorts of birds, fish, little pigs... very cool. Get outside and experience it.

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