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fort myers & sanibel parks and preserves

From nature lovers to history buffs, explorers of all ages discover inspiring parks along our coast. Caloosahatchee Regional Park is a great place to start. After a night of camping, embark on a six-hour guided kayak trip to Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, where lunch and a hike are a must-do.

Discover another eco-adventure at Sanibel Island’s J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. One of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems in the country, you’ll find acres of tidal flats, freshwater marshes and hardwood hammocks which hundreds of bird species and marine life call home. Canoe tours let you take it in at a pace of your choosing – vigorously in the open water, or leisurely along nearby water trails.

Then there’s Lovers Key State Park, where you can hike nature trails, rent a bike, paddle a tidal lagoon, or even lounge on the beach. Lakes Regional Park is equally diverse in terms of amenities. Take advantage of great fishing, scenic boardwalks and the kids’ water playground.

And one of the most interesting areas may very well be Mound Key Archaeological State Park, which maintains an historic presence with a Calusa Indian mound. Other popular stops include Fort Myers’ Manatee Park, the secluded Matanzas Pass Preserve and the 1.2-mile boardwalk at Six Mile Cypress Slough.

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