Outdoor Exploration

Natural Florida eco adventures in every direction.

No matter which direction you go, by car, on foot or bicycle – even horseback, there are a variety of natural wonders to be explored on land and in the water.

Picayune Strand State Forest

Picayune Strand State Forest

This fourth largest state forest in Florida is home to 78,000 acres of natural beauty. Known for a variety of wildlife – including the Florida panther – visitors enjoy biking, hiking and horse trails.

Ten Thousand Islands

Situated near Marco Island, this cherished natural paradise is a network of water and mangroves full of nature and marine life. Great fishing, kayaking and boating await.
Ten Thousand Islands
Collier-Seminole State Park

Collier-Seminole State Park

One of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. Full of plants, animals and history, this park offers campgrounds with great amenities.

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve

Managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Office in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this undisturbed mangrove estuary is located at the northern tip of the Ten Thousand Islands. A favorite for paddleboarders, just 10 minutes from Naples Reserve.
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve
Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

An important habitat for endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther, The Everglades span across 1.5 million acres and offer countless things to see and do. Access from I-75 provides a glimpse into this pristine natural wonderland.

Big Cypress National Preserve

Featuring both tropical and temperate plants, the preserve is home to a diverse mix of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther. With a long list of activities – including ranger-led activities, one could spend many days exploring over 729,000 acres of this protected swamp.
Big Cypress National Preserve
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Featuring a 2.5-mile boardwalk, the sanctuary is home to alligators, otters, white-tailed deer and red-bellied turtles, as well as a wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, raptors and the fabulous Painted Bunting.