Located at 325 Williston Road, Sweetwater Wetlands Park is a great place to soak up Florida’s sunshine and become one with nature, all while exploring any of their three walking trails.
Visitors can explore over three-and-a-half miles of beautiful views of swamplands and ponds and the animals that habitat them. It’s a great way to spend the day with friends, family, children or maybe even go solo.
As you walk down the paths you can see all kinds of wildlife like horses, alligators, blue heron, feral pigs, and other animals while walking or jogging down the different trails. Each trail varies in length, so you have some options as to how far you want to go.
As you walk down the paths, remember to pay close attention to what’s swimming in those swamplands and ponds on either side of the trail ways. You can spot a variety of birds, bison, turtles, alligators, ducks, snakes, birds eating snakes, and all kinds of different plants. On one trail you might see an alligator swimming next to you, and on another trail you might see a mother duck with her ducklings. Watch out as you approach the lookout points too, some of the birds like to sit on the benches, but they weren’t too big on company next to them. Sweetwater Wetlands Park offers ranger-led park tours the first Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the welcome classroom pavilion. Every Wednesday from September to May you can enjoy a bird walk led by volunteers.
The park is open from 7:00 a.m. to sunset everyday including holidays. Admission is five-dollars a vehicle, two-dollars for bicyclists and pedestrians. Near the entrance you can find maps and free sunscreen dispensers in case you need some, which you might, because the trails aren’t very shaded.
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