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National Wildlife Week is celebrated every year in April. This year, it'll be observed from Tuesday, April 5, through Saturday, April 9. As an initiative of the National Wildlife Foundation, it has connected nature lovers of all ages and backgrounds since 1938 – and that includes our real estate agents.

In the United States, there's virtually no place better to be for National Wildlife Week than right here in Florida. 

Throughout the Sunshine State, you have the opportunity to meet animals the likes of which you'll find nowhere else. Wildlife ranges from the prehistoric alligator to the Florida flamingo, which has a niche distinct from any other bird on Earth. These and more can be encountered on public preserved land.

Let's take a look at some of the best nature preserve lands throughout Florida:

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve – 12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225
    Jacksonville homes for sale aren't far from Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve, which bills itself as one of the last truly pristine coastal wetlands on the Atlantic coast. More than 60 centuries of human history can be glimpsed among the salt marshes, coastal dunes, and native hardwood.
  • Long Creek Nature Preserve – 1050 Palm Harbor Parkway, Palm Coast, FL 32164
    Near Palm Coast homes for sale, you'll find Long Creek Nature Preserve. It isn't the biggest preserve at nine acres, but the natural treasures it safeguards are just as precious. As the newest addition to the Palm Coast park system, it is popular for water sports, including kayaking and fishing. It's directly connected to the 225 acres of Long Creek Basin and the saltwater canal system beyond.

  • Lake Apopka North Shore – 24600 County Road 448A, Mt. Dora, FL 32757
    If you're considering Apopka homes for sale, don't forget Lake Apopka North Shore. A 20,000 reclaimed paradise of beauty and wonder is the end result of many years of work restoring former muck farms. The entire area used to be part of Lake Apopka itself before being separated off by a levee in 1941. Now, hiking and biking opportunities are abundant around the Lake Apopka Loop Trail.

  • Sherwood L. Stokes Preserve– 7598 Lake Marion Creek Road, Haines City, FL 33844
    Located near Haines City homes for sale, Sherwood L. Stokes Preserve is a nature spot that bird lovers will want to visit again and again. Make sure to bring your birdwatching binoculars! Birdwatchers have the chance to spot roughly 70 different species of birds on this 225-acre preserve. Other animals you might spot during your visit include deer, turkey, and even wild hogs.

  • Tibet-Butler Preserve – 8777 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32836
    There's more to Orlando than theme parks! Did you know that there's a nature preserve not too far from Orlando homes for sale? Tibet-Butler Preserve is a part of the Orange County Parks and Recreation program and offers plenty of ways for all ages to learn about nature. Stop by their nature exhibits or take a hike on one of their many trails!

Ready to experience all the natural beauty Florida has to offer? Contact us to find out more about Florida real estate today.

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