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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905
239-275-3435
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Ranked #30 of 33 Attractions in Fort Myers
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of Southwest Florida, and to foster...
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
16 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Utica, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We happened to stumble upon this location. The place was great! The staff was phenomenal, you can tell they really care about their job. The planetarium was a nice touch as well. The showing of the animals was informational and a nice surprise. Better than any "zoo" presentation. It is not too big, but a place to stop when in... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This attraction is supposedly a Lee County destination. I'm guessing it was much nicer 15 years ago but now it's just run down and/or mismanaged. If it's publicly run then it needs more funding or perhaps a new site manager. The people that run and care for the Nature Center (volunteers?) are nice enough but it looks like the trails,... More 

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Pipe Creek, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Enjoyed the planetarium but the nature center was the star in my opinion. Numerous displays both inside and outside, nature trails, and staffed but friendly, knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Really enjoyed the presentation on invasive species. Only regret was that the butterfly house was undergoing renovations and was closed. BTW watch out for the wild boar hog downstairs, pen doesn't... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This Nature Center was not what I expected. It looked so run down and the animals in the cages made me very sad. I think that any animal there that can not be released into the wild should be rescued by a Zoo. They should just keep the Planetarium open and improve the show.

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