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9 Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore in Florida


Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues. The state's economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary375 Sanctuary Rd W, Naples, FL 34120, USA

During the 1940s and 1950s, extensive logging was occurring in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, destroying many bald cypress and pond cypress trees. The sanctuary was established to protect these remaining trees.

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park40001 State Hwy 9336, Homestead, FL 33034, USA

Largest tropical wilderness in the United States. The Everglades are a network of wetlands and forests fed by a river flowing 0.25 miles (0.40 km) per day out of Lake Okeechobee, southwest into Florida Bay. The park is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere.

Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge12085 SR 29 South, Immokalee, FL 34142, USA

The Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1989 under the Endangered Species Act by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to protect the endangered Florida panther, as well as other threatened plant and animal species.

Lake Alice
Lake AliceLake Alice, Gainesville, FL, USA

On the University of Florida campus, there is a small lake called Lake Alice. Gainesville's lake is a wildlife area and one of the few places in the city where one can see live alligators.

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge2045 Mud Lake Rd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130, USA

To provide habitat for migrating and wintering birds, the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge1987 Scrub Jay Way #32782, Titusville, FL, USA

There are 140,000 acres (57,000 ha) of Merritt Island. A National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on Florida's largest barrier island. The NWR contains saltwater estuaries, freshwater impoundments, marshes, dunes, hardwood hammocks, and scrub habitats.

Peace River Wildlife Center
Peace River Wildlife Center3400 Ponce de Leon Pkwy, Punta Gorda, FL 33950, USA

Peace River Wildlife Center offers educational tours to the public.

Turkey Creek Sanctuary
Turkey Creek Sanctuary1518 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905, USA

Turkey Creek Sanctuary is a small nature reserve in Palm Bay. Florida Audubon Society and the city of Palm Bay donated the property in 1978. Park hours are from 7 am to sunset daily.

Map of Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore in Florida