During our days of healing in Ft. Myers, FL, we started feeling for an outing in the afternoon.
We’d not yet seen alligators in Florida, so we decided to take our kids out looking for some.
We headed to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, a 3,400 acre wetland preserver on the outer edge of Ft. Myers.
We were lucky to spot two gators, a big gator and a baby gator, as well as plenty of different birds, turtles, and a swimming snake.
Here are some pictures, and afterwards some info if you find yourself in the area and want to visit.
Good to Know
Hours: The preserve is open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. The interpretive center is closed on Monday.
The preserve has a long boardwalk that winds a circular route through the cypress trees and along several ponds. No bikes on the boardwalk.
There’s an interpretive center on-site, though it was closed during our visit.
There aren’t fees for entering the preserve, but there are parking fees of $1/hr. An hour or two is about all you’ll need.