If you are near Fort Myers and want a place to take a short walk and see some beautiful nature stop by Six Mile Cypress Slough (pronounced slew) Preserve. Located at 7791 Penzance Blvd in Fort Myers, they offer a 1.2 mile stroll along a raised boardwalk. The boardwalk winds through the cypress wetlands. There are stop off points along the way, so you can check out the wildlife. It's a beautiful walk! There are gorgeous trees, including many cypress trees, along the way, as well as a lot of wildlife. This is a popular place for birding, with many migratory birds stopping by. We saw many different kinds of birds, lizards, fish, apple snails, and an alligator.
It's free to use the boardwalk, but you do have to pay $1 per hour parking. They also have picnic tables, restrooms, and an interpretive center. They also offer guided walks on a regular basis. The boardwalk is mostly shaded, wheelchair accessible, and well worth checking out. Here are pictures from our stop at Six Mile Cypress Slough in Fort Myers: