Rotary Park Environmental Center

One of the best things to do in Cape Coral is to unplug and explore nature! At the Rotary Park Environmental Center, Cape Coral and the Department of Environmental Protection have created a reserve that preserves beautiful marshlands and wetlands!

Rotary Park Environmental Center
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Over 97 acres large, walk down the rugged trails and even a boardwalk at Glover Bight. As you wander through the mangrove wetlands and shallow flats, you’ll see wading birds, snakes, and gopher tortoises. This is also one of the best places to see wild alligators in Florida.

Climb up to one of two observation towers to get a bird’s eye view. At low tide, you can see the broader area, full of oyster bars and shallow flats. Walk quietly for your best chance to see wildlife. Because it can get humid in the summer, wear bug spray to protect against mosquitos!

Make sure to visit the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House, open since 2019. Housing and providing sanctuary to butterflies native to Florida, take a guided tour for free! Access to the house is limited to Monday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:30 AM.

Rotary Park Environmental Center is also home to Cape Coral’s only dog park! At Wagging Tails Dog Park, your pup can interact with other dogs in a 1.25-acre fenced-in area! Owners can sit on several shaded benches. Registration is required for entry!

To get closer to nature, rent a kayak and hit the marshlands! Rentals are available at the EcoPreserve and include single and tandem kayaks! Keep in mind the kayak launches are only open from November through May.