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17980 Palm Beach Blvd, Alva, FL 33920
So we've been thinking about this one for a long time, and we finally made it out here. It's not too far from the W.P. Franklin Locks or Manatee Park, so swing out to check this place out if you're in that area.
It's one of the largest public parks with hiking trails in the area, with easily 5 miles of trails. The grounds are well-kept and there is a lot to see!
We went in the dry season, so the bugs weren't bad and it wasn't muddy. If you go at the right time of day, you practically have the whole place to yourself!
This is definitely some Florida nature!
7000 GA-53, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Like hiking? Like secluded places to splash around in the summer? Like fly fishing? I think this is the place for you.
Near Dawsonville, Georgia, this local spot is a great place to stretch you legs and get fresh air. We visited in the fall, but it's probably awesome in the spring or for cooling off in the summer. The rapids were fun to check out, and they have a boat launch!
Go check this one out!
10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Like nature, walking, animal sightings, and kayaking? I think we've found the place for you. Just off of Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers, there's a nice little park with all of that stuff! It's Manatee Park.
In the colder months you can see manatees. The rest of the year, you can still see wildlife, learn about animals, talk to guides, take a kayak or canoe ride, and more! Even better, other than a minimal parking fee, it's pretty much free!
This is one you're going to want to visit for sure!
1660 S Franklin Lock Rd, Alva, FL 33920
Like water? Like boats? Like fishing?
Check out the WP Franklin Locks & Dam in Alva, Florida! You can see boats come and go, maybe catch sight of a manatee, cast a line or two...
Besides the obvious dam and locks, this location comes loaded with features:
2500 SE 24th St, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Like Nature Walks? Love being near the river? The Four Mile Ecological Preserve in Cape Coral, Florida is a great place for you!
It's a hidden treasure right off the Caloosahatchee in the Fort Myers area. It's almost an immediate exit off the bridge in Cape Coral. It's free to visit, although you might need to pay that $2 bridge toll, depending on which way you come in.
It has a finished boardwalk trail for most of its length, with two piers or docks to look out from. With over 300 acres of preserve, you never know what kind of animals, especially aquatic creatures or birds you may see.
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