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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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Mildly interesting for the small children, but pretty rustic overall. The young man conducting the reptile show looked like a video gamer who had been up way too long. He did... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Cape Coral, Florida
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45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Visited the Calusa Nature Center with friends and enjoyed it. We chose a self guided tour and walked through on the boardwalk. It was neat to see the few animals they had there. I loved the burrowing owls they had on the inside of the building. We did not get to the Planetarium so we will have to return again... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I originally went to the Calusa Nature Center searching for a birthday venue for my daughter. I fell in love with it. Rustic is a much more apt name than what some of the poor reviews have stated. This is a place for education and rehabilitation, these places rarely receive the funding they need, but these wonderful people do with... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Mildly interesting for the small children, but pretty rustic overall. The young man conducting the reptile show looked like a video gamer who had been up way too long. He did know the basics about the animals he was showing, but was anything but professional in his appearance. Other local attractions are better. Try the Six-Mile Cypress Slough for a... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I chose this destination for my grandson, an absolute reptile lover, because their site advertised a half hour reptile show. The first 15 minutes were spent on an owl, which is nice in my book, but not a reptile. Then came a small gator and next a boa. While the presenter was knowledgeable, too much of the info was opinion... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

They used to do a fantastic laser light show at the planetarium with different music genres. The kids of all ages used to bring their pillows, lay on the floor and enjoy the show without squirming once! PLEASE bring it back!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This place needs a facelift and some major improvements. The idea is great and so are the people who work there.

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Honesdale, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

There were several shows in the planetarium all included in the admission. There was also a reptile show while we were there.

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Muskoka Lakes, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We visited on a hot April day. For being so close to major roads, it was remarkably quiet on the trails. The trails are easy to follow and navigate. It was interesting to see the birds of prey, especially knowing they had been rescued, although the alligator attraction was kind of the same old Florida thing you can see any... More 

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Naples, Florida
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My husband and I wanted something to do on our day off together that was close to home. So we decided to visit the nature center and planetarium. After reading some of the other reviews, I can see what they mean, however we had a day very well spent. We truly enjoyed the nature trails. It was interesting learning about... More 

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5 attraction reviews
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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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