|Romantic Destinations in Florida Where You Can Unplug, Enjoy Simple Pleasures, and Immerse Yourself in Nature
Naples: Although Naples may not be the first town that comes to mind when you think of romance, it has more than its fair share of adventurous excursion offerings for those who enjoy boating or fishing. Because of its location by the Gulf of Mexico, its waters are beautiful, and it offers The Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and The Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge to nature lovers.
Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Awards ceremony honors state conservation leaders
Every year, Audubon Florida recognizes the state’s leading conservationists with a suite of annual awards. This year, awards were presented both virtually and as part of a small, local ceremony in Southwest Florida held at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in December.
Florida panther NatGeo film spotlights Southwest Florida: 5 things to know
"Path of the Panther" features Southwest Florida prominently, with about three-fourths of the documentary filmed in the region. This included the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Collier County, along with the Fakahatchee Strand ecosystem in the refuge; Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, north of Naples and east of Bonita Springs; and Babcock Ranch State Preserve in Charlotte County.
The Best Group Day Trips from Boca with Falcon Charter Bus
Naples is also a wonderful location for nature lovers. Hop on your bus rental and shuttle between locations like the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Rookery Bay, and Big Cypress.
The ghost orchid’s current range in Florida includes the Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and additional conservation and tribal areas in Collier, Hendry and possibly Lee counties.
Swamp hikes? Yes, you can do that in SWFL. Here are five you should try
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary In this Collier County must-see stop, more than two miles of boardwalk wind through pines and wet prairies past a marsh and into the largest old-growth bald cypress stand in the U.S. Visitors to the Audubon-run sanctuary can glimpse a plethora of songbirds including the brilliant painted bunting.