Parks & Preserves

Collier County is home to several nature preserves, including Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, as well as state, local and private nature parks perfect for bird watching, spotting other wildlife, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, photography, fishing and boating.

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    Big Cypress National Preserve

    A great egret lands in Big Cypress National Preserve.

  • Fishing and Boating Tips
    With such a vast system of estuaries, bays, creeks, flats, near-shore and offshore waters, and freshwater lakes and canals, it's knowing where to cast your line that can make all the difference. W... Read More >
    Water Adventures in Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades
    The pursuit of water recreation along Florida's Paradise Coast can take you on an airboat ride through the Everglades, paddling among the Isles of Capri or parasailing off Vanderbilt Beach. You ca... Read More >
    Gliding through the Everglades
    It’s not every day you get a chance to see a bull alligator in the wild up close. But here he comes, slinking towards our wooden skiff as we glide through a pristine swamp in Big Cypress Nationa... Read More >
    Must-See Bird Watching in the Naples Area
    The morning began with a limpkin salute. It greeted us from the boardwalk railing at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, calling out its woeful song. Then the warblers came to life, bringing a cheerful no... Read More >
    Earth Day Celebrations in the Naples Area
    Twenty million people took part in the first ever Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 1970. It had such an impact that important federal environmental laws emerged, including the Clean Air, Clean Water... Read More >
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. WHERE TO GO: Children's Museum of Naples https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MhKg6bWvBk WHAT TO DO: John R. Wood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_XJAITUznM WHERE TO DINE: Fish Restaurant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsOR9P2DXgo
    Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Isl... - 1:46 Play
    Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Rookery Bay Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. WHERE TO GO: Children's Museum of Naples https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MhKg6bWvBk WHAT TO DO: John R. Wood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_XJAITUznM WHERE TO DINE: Fish Restaurant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsOR9P2DXgo
    Naples Botanical Gardens
    Paradise: A place of bliss. A region of supreme delight. A state of happiness. Naples Botanical Garden is creating a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beau... - 2:33 Play
    Naples Botanical Gardens
    Paradise: A place of bliss. A region of supreme delight. A state of happiness. Naples Botanical Garden is creating a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden connects people and plants through display, education, conservation and science. It will be a community gathering place and an exceptional venue for exploring our natural world as well as enjoying special events, traveling exhibitions and performances.
    Explore Florida's Paradise Coast
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    Explore Florida's Paradise Coast
    Explore Florida's Paradise Coast
    The Coast is Clear, Rediscover Your Paradise.
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    The Coast is Clear, Rediscover Your Paradise.
    The Coast is Clear, Rediscover Your Paradise.
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