Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Considered the "gateway to the western Everglades," the National Audubon Society protects 13,000 acres of wetlands, pinelands, and cypress swamp throughout the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. You can experience wild Florida as you wind through the 2.25-mile boardwalk with its canopied cypress covering.

Depending on the time of year, you may be greeted by wood storks and lots of them. There are over 1,000 pairs of these black-and-white wading birds. They're no shrinking violets either, as both their height and wingspan is approximately three feet. You may also get a glimpse of the fabled ghost orchid as it blooms. Corkscrew Swamp is one of the rare places in the United States to witness such a phenomenon.

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