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Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers

(4.7/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • It's a wonderfully created nature resort. great ways. You can discover many birds. Unfortunately, no aligator or Otter at the time of our visit was to discover. But still an exciting place.
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  • Although Southwest Florida is famous for white sandy beaches and fun shelling, Six Mile Cypress Slough offers a different view of our tropical paradise. A hike through the slough offers several miles ...  more »
  • Brother's family and I went here for something to do and get a little exercise since they said trails. We didn't expect much but we're surprised and actually spent a few hours there. You have to pay f...  more »
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  • Well maintained boardwalk, frequent animal sightings, and a great family adventure for very little cost. Admission is only $1/hour per vehicle, or $5/day. Several scenic overlooks offer great photo opportunities, buy keep your eyes open everywhere! Squirrels are brave enough to, at times, walk up to within a foot of anyone they think might have food (please don't actually feed them). Little painted paw prints give children something fun to discover and, at their end, a little box to open that describes the animal whose prints they just followed. We've seen wild boars, snakes, turtles, a variety of fish and birds, even baby alligators. Otters too! It's a fun place for nature lovers of all ages, and the boardwalk is very easy for the infirm to navigate. Being your camera, you never know what you might see.
  • Very unique park. Nothing like this where I am from. Would definitely go back. $5 parking for all day or a dollar an hour (as of OCT 16). Can use credit card machine and it prints a slip you put on your car's dashboard. Similar to beach parking in Florida. ENJOY!
  • Boardwalk is open Dawn to Dusk ~ Parking fee is $1.00 per hour, $5.00 per day (free with Lee County Parking Sticker) ~ Restrooms ~ Water fountain The almost 2 mile wooden boardwalk provides a slightly elevated view of the preserve. Check out Gator Lake at sunrise or sunset to see the roosting egrets and herons. The three ponds are a great spot for sunning gators & turtles. Don't forget to look up for woodland birds. This location provides free guided tours (check the board by the parking meter)
  • Don't worry about the name, the trail is only about a mile long. I really enjoyed this nature preserve. It was one of the most well maintained parks have been to. If you enjoy the outdoors, you should make time to visit.
  • The preserve is expansive. The interpretative center is a bit small for the story the slough (slew) needs to tell. The trails are easy to follow and have plenty of information. If you're looking for alligators, I didn't see one but there was plenty wildlife to see.