The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is a swamp forest about 20 miles long by five miles wide. The Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk is a 1.2-mile boardwalk into the forest. You won’t have much chance for landscape photography in this heavily wooded area. However, you are sure to see alligators, wading birds, snakes, turtles and maybe even deer, wild turkeys and black bears.
Everglades City takes you back in time. Once the county seat of Collier County, the town itself is adorable, with a few historic buildings to photograph. Take a peek inside the Rod and Gun Club to see this historic fishing club that has been open since the late 1800s. You can eat lunch here, but only if you have cash. Credit cards are not accepted.
Collier-Seminole State Park is a 7,271-acre park within one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. There are several hiking trails, or you can rent a canoe to float along the Blackwater River, where you will be sure to see alligators, raptors, wading birds and possibly manatees.
The Naples Pier is the most photographed spot in Naples. It’s a beautiful pier, and at sunset, it’s amazing! The original pier was built in 1889. Hurricanes have caused the pier to be rebuilt partially or fully five different times over the years. It is Naples’ iconic landmark.
The Garden of Hope and Courage is dedicated to cancer victims. It’s a peaceful respite right on the hospital grounds. It has a beautiful lake, gazebos, flowers, and banyan trees.