Lowdermilk Park

Lowdermilk Park is as much park as it is beach, featuring a small lake with grassy banks, volleyball courts, concession stands, restrooms, and pavilions. 

Lowdermilk Park is another destination that made our list despite its immense popularity, particularly during the tourist season from November to April. At a glance, it is a beautiful park attached to the beach that offers most anything you could be looking for in a popular beach spot. Personally, I prefer less crowded and more secluded beaches, but there is certainly something to be said for the convenience of having everything from a concession stand to pavilions for hosting big events at your disposal. 

While I do love food and I'm usually down for a casual game of beach volleyball, my favorite part of this park has to be the ducks. Remember the story of the ugly duckling that grew up to be a beautiful swan? Well, these ducklings started ugly and then stayed that way, then formed a club at Lowdermilk Park. Officially, these ducks are known as Muscovy ducks and are actually considered a nuisance waterfowl by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for the very reasons that most people like them. They are very approachable, seemingly friendly, and waddle around like their less ugly cousins. 

Parking at Lowdermilk is generally not a problem, although weekends and holidays, especially during season, can always present challenges. There are plenty of metered and non-metered spaces. Most take credit cards, which is a good thing unless you have a king's ransom in quarters under your driver's seat. These meters charge $1.50/hr, or 6 quarters from every hour you are there. If you frequent the beach, a Collier County Beach permit will eliminate the need for you to convert all of your cash into quarters. 

A tip from the Ryans: If you are like us and don't necessarily enjoy your beaches overrun with tourists, make sure you visit this beach during off peak times. Summertime is a great time to visit this beach, especially early mornings and late afternoons (after the daily rainstorm). Avoid weekends and holidays during prime beach hours, roughly from 10am until 4pm, especially from November through April. If you prefer your beaches bustling, do the opposite of what I just said. 

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