There’s something magical about walking along a boardwalk – over waterways and swamps, through mangroves and cypress stumps. From ghost orchids to alligators, you never know what you’ll see along these walkways.
Crane Point Museum and Nature Center, Marathon
Get a taste of the rustic side of the Florida Keys along this 1.5-mile trail and boardwalk. The mild temperatures of fall and winter are ideal for exploring these hardwood hammocks, but the water views are mesmerizing anytime. Watch for diving pelicans and golden orb spiders.
Anne Kolb Nature Center, Hollywood
This winding boardwalk rewards you at the end with a covered lookout point and scenic views. Keep an eye out for raccoons, crabs and egrets along the way.
Walk past cypress stumps, as you spy the museum’s resident eagles, Florida panther, bears and other creatures, eventually making your way to the Old Florida village. Make sure to stop by the café
for a barbecue sandwich.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
A true glimpse into the Florida of yesteryear, with 500-year-old cypress towering over the 2.25-mile boardwalk, this Audubon center is a birding paradise where you’ll spy anhinga, hawks and wood storks. After about a mile, keep an eye out for the trail that leads to a platform with panoramic marshland views.
Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, Tavernier
This boardwalk isn’t long, but it will keep your interest. You’ll see hawks, owls and other birds along the way, but the real treat awaits at the end, where ibis, herons and egrets gather and always enjoy
a free handout.