If you want to explore the Southwest Florida wetlands without having to get your feet wet, plan a visit to this popular preserve and interpretive center in Fort Myers. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a 3,400-acre wetland ecosystem that you can literally walk right into atop a 1.2-mile-long boardwalk that winds through the native habitat of alligators, turtles, otters, and wading birds.
Volunteer interpretive naturalists lead guided tours along the boardwalk while pointing out the plants and animals you might miss on your own. But you're also welcome to explore the boardwalk on your own, and the quieter you are as you wander, the more critters you're likely to observe. Be aware that the slough can look drastically different depending on whether you're visiting during the dry season (October to May) or wet season (June to September). Many creatures, including alligators and otters, are present year round.