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Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 1,300+ 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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  • Cheap parking, nicely kept boardwalks, great variety of birds! I would go back! Didn't get a chance to visit the interpretive center but it looked nice! 
  • I saw baby alligators, a native leopard frog, a wild boar, and a beautiful red rat snake. Really beautiful, small, preserve. 
  • A nice relaxing walk on the boardwalk with expected use of wildlife which we did not see a lot of what we were told we could expect to see at the time we went however it was still quite relaxing and e...  read more »
  • 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)
  • Very nice wide and well maintained elevated walkway giving you the opportunity to see everything. We went end of March 3/31/16 so the water was present (as opposed to the dry season)...saw a large variety of woodpeckers, turtles, other birds, and even two otters which we are told is a rare thing to see. Very peaceful. We opted to skip the tour but did grab a book they provide along the way so we could read at the various points of interest.
  • Never the same experience. The summer is wet and swampy. You'll see alligators and snakes. We've heard boar but never seen them. In the fall and winter, it's dryer so you'll see deer. Come early in the day to walk through the exhibit. Summer programs for kids.
  • Wonderful experience! Loved anticipating what we'd see next as we rounded each corner of the boardwalk, never disappointed. And good exercise as well. Saw turtles, an alligator or two, swimming snakes which I'd never seen before. And several people were crowded around a poisonous snake, curled up and sleeping soundly, don't remember its name unfortunately.
  • Great little nature preserve. They have a great boardwalk trail that goes through the area. Easy to park ($1/hr - wish they could add more time by phone) and wider walkways for strollers.
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