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Koreshan State Historic Site

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Address: 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928-1919
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+1 239-992-0311
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Park open daily, 365 days a year from 8:00 AM until sunset. The historic...

Park open daily, 365 days a year from 8:00 AM until sunset. The historic Koreshan Settlement is open daily from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Camping, hiking, picnic area, playground, kayak and canoe rentals, boat launch on the Estero River, guided historic tours, Sunday Farmers Market, Yoga in the Park Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dr. Cyrus R. Teed's utopian community of 200 followers relocated from New York to Florida in 1894. Dr. Teed took the name 'Koresh,' the Hebrew translation for Cyrus, meaning shepherd. The colonists believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. They conducted experiments that seemed to confirm their beliefs. The Koreshans built and operated a printing facility, boat works, cement works, sawmill, bakery, store and hostelry. Education, science and art also helped shape their community. After the death of Dr. Teed in 1908 at the age of 69, membership of his religious group began to decline. In 1961, the four remaining members deeded 305 acres of their land to the state of Florida as a park and memorial. The Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Great piece of local history

This place is approx 300 acres and offers camping on the grounds. To visit the historic buildings and wander the property cost $5.00 per vehicle. The park opens at 8:00 am and... read more

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Fort Myers, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is approx 300 acres and offers camping on the grounds. To visit the historic buildings and wander the property cost $5.00 per vehicle. The park opens at 8:00 am and closes at dusk. There are old structures and cabins on the grounds. The site is well maintained and the volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable. Great way to kill... More 

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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

$5 per car entrance fee, free parking some spaces in the shade if you're lucky & an easy day learning about the Koreshan site. We didn't use a volunteer guide we just walked around the site as there was enough information boards to give us an insight into the history of the place. Some buildings you can go in some... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Paddle along the river to connect with real Florida...under canopies of trees and along close river banks. Enjoy paddling with fish swimming alongside your boat. Encounter manatees...Mama manatee and her baby may even swim along with you and poke up for some air right next to your kayak. 💞Long paddles take you into the Estero Bay...plan for a full day... More 

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Saint Thomas, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed learning about this community that was in Estero and the way they lived their lives. It is amazing that they bought so much land and in the end gave it to the state and I'm sure most of Estero is built on land they had owned. The buildings were interesting and the fact that they produced electricity and... More 

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Virginia Beach
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We visited for 2 nights in April. The Park Rangers are really nice. The campsite is really cool. Close to beaches and shops. We rode our bikes around d the park and checked out the old buildings. Very informative and really cool.

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Munster, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to a talk about the gopher tortoises and came across one later while walking through the trails. It's got nice trails to walk and activities like a market on Sunday s and yoga classes.

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florida
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We went camping with about 25 adults. The sites were all very nice. The bathrooms and showers were always clean. We also went Kayaking. Some of our group did not have their own and had to rent. They had plenty of Kayaks and the price was very fare. The kayaking was wonderful. We saw lots of wildlife including mama manatees... More 

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Estero, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for a morning yakking trek and had a blast. Easy to get in, easy to rent and super easy to launch and recover. Saw tons of birds, fish and few manatees swimming down river.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is some vegetation between the sites which give you a fair amount of privacy. There is electricity and water at each campsite. Two negatives are: Sandy nature of the campsites and some people large RV’S have been getting stuck. Very dusty since you are basically walking around on this sandy substrate. Another negative is that the bathrooms are fairly... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting historical area; a small oasis close to the highway. Surprised to see small camping area. All the sites looked well tucked into the vegetation and along the waterway. Spaces seemed ample. Accommodating for large RVs and tents. Nice little trail around the historical buildings.

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