Koreshan State Park
Koreshan State Park is the home of the Koreshan Unity Settlement, the pioneering colony that led the development of Estero in the mid 1890’s. Today, the Settlement is comprised of the 11 remaining historic buildings where you can return to an earlier era to see how the Koreshan community lived and experienced life in those earlier days. Though an extensive volunteer base, the park has numerous interpretive exhibits happening throughout the week (see our Events Page) during our winter season. Ranger, docent, and self-guided tours will help you appreciate the many hardships and triumphs these settlers experienced while trying to develop their homestead in the harsh Florida landscape.
The park also offers many of the outdoor activities you expect from a Florida State Park including hiking, camping, picnicking, and fishing. A large pavilion is located in the picnic area which can be rented for large get-togethers. The boat ramp on the Estero River provides access to Estero Bay (Florida’s first Aquatic Preserve) and Mound Key Archeological State Park. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the Ranger Station for guests to enjoy the river serenity and see many of southwest Florida’s wildlife species at a more relaxed pace.