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Address: 3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Phone Number: 239-275-3435
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Description: Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of...
Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of Southwest Florida, and to foster a deeper understanding of earth and space sciences.
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Alligators, Eagles and Pythons, Oh My

It's not every day that you encounter a nature centre and wooded trails alongside a planetarium. On a very hot day in Florida, it's a very nice way to enjoy some great sights and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
WandRLust15
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

It's not every day that you encounter a nature centre and wooded trails alongside a planetarium. On a very hot day in Florida, it's a very nice way to enjoy some great sights and take in some of nature's air conditioning courtesy of the shade from the lush cypress & pine woods. The centre is volunteer run, a non- profit... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This place needs allot of TLC. Drab and dinghy.Boardwalk is old and falling apart . Planetarium door locked tight until the "show" which we missed as there was not enough to hold our interest until that time. I appreciate they take care of animals that have been injured etc. ,but its like being put in a bad nursing home.....smelly and... More 

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

of all the nature attractions in SW Florida that we visited, this was the only poor one. can a boardwalk be confusing? the first one i took landed me in a parking lot. the second went through pretty uninteresting territory and then just stopped in the middle of nowhere. the ground trail seemed poorly marked and maintained. it was all... More 

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Tiffin, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The planetarium program was interesting and informative. The woman narrating was very knowledgeable. However, we were disappointed in the nature center. For the $10 entry fee, I was disappointed in the number of animals on display. There were maybe 10 birds (including two bald eagles, which was cool), something fuzzy in a corner, a raccoon and two alligators. A few... More 

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Truly enjoyed that this location has all rescued animals. Made me feel good about spending the money, but not really much to see. More classic walking trails if that's what you want. The people are all volunteers which again is awesome, and the money you pay helps keep it open and running for those who want to come. If not... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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103 reviews 103 reviews
16 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We took our granddaughters but we enjoyed this as much as they did. The staff was super informative and we thoroughly enjoyed learning all the little tidbits of nature info we never knew. What an enjoyable and educational visit.

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Fernandina Beach, FL
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I just got home from my mini vacation down in SWFL and couldn't wait to leave a great review! When I read what the other folks were saying I was truly appalled! OBVIOUSLY, these other folks haven't visited other nature centers run by volunteers! I have been to dozens and this was a clean facility full of knowledgable volunteers with... More 

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Port Richey, Florida, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We came expecting to see more then just a few birds, reptiles and about four butterflies. The planetarium was a simple old movie "two pieces of glass", I rather have given our entry fee as a donation and spent our time doing something else. I'm trying to be as positive as possible, but sorry, it is not worth it.

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Fort Myers, Florida
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

First visit to this venue after many holidays in the area. The boardwalks in poor state of repair meaning you spend more time watching your step than looking out for the wildlife. It was also very slippy - due not just to rain but accumulations of moss. Animals in cages had a smell as if not cleaned very well. Butterfly... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Very up close and child friendly. Even nature trails outside where children can run and get energy out while seeing all the animals. Great classes and events too so check their schedule!

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