Explore the wilderness of the Ten Thousand Islands and surrounding maze of channel, bay and inlet waterways, which provide a sanctuary sheltering more than 200 exotic and domestic birds. Just a short distance from Marco Island is the famous Florida Everglades – ideal for quiet nature tours or exciting airboat rides.
Conservancy Nature Center
Guided nature trails, natural science museum, wildlife rehabilitation clinic and boat tours.Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Explore nature via a two-mile raised boardwalk through four distinct environments: a pine upland, a wet prairie, a cypress forest and a marsh. The nature store features an extensive selection of field guides, clothing and gifts.
Everglades National Park
70 miles east of Naples; discover the "River of Grass" on foot, by bike, canoe or tram tours.
Big Cypress National Preserve
The first National Preserve in the National Park System, Big Cypress has a mixture of pines, hardwoods, prairies, mangrove forests, cypress strands and domes. Visitors will find a recreational paradise with camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and bird watching opportunities.
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve
The "Amazon of North America." The Fakahatchee Strand is a linear swamp forest, approximately twenty miles long by five miles wide, oriented from north to south. It has been sculpted by the movement of water for thousands of years and clean fresh water is the key to its existence. The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park hosts a wide array of habitats and forest types from the wetter swamps and prairies to the drier islands of tropical hardwood hammocks and pine rock lands. It also is the setting for the novel "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean.