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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905
239-275-3435
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Ranked #41 of 53 attractions in Fort Myers
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Observatories/ Planetariums
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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Today was a rainy day on our spring break vacation with a 5 and an 8 year old. We came here with low expectations and were pleasantly surprised by how many wild animals were on exhibit. We sat through an interesting alligator show as well as a planetarium show. My favorite animals were the baby horn owls and bald eagles... More

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Ft. Myers
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

In contrast with so much of what passes for "real" Florida these days, the Nature Center treats visitors to a view of what the area was like in decades gone by. Native wildlife is abundant and a walk on the boardwalk late in the afternoon is filled with opportunities to catch glimpses of them. Don't miss the exhibits inside the... More

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Fort Myers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

We go to the center once a month because my son and his friends ask me to take them. Every time we go, the friendly staff recognizes us and will bring out a new animal for the boys to learn about. Sometimes they even get to hold an animal. We are always on the trails for what feels like hours!... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

My family, Mom, Dad, Grandma, 2 children, and 1 teen, loved Calusa. The snake show was very informative. Three of us held the Albino Burmese Python. The children's favorite was the planetarium. Some of the exhibits were interactive about Florida mammals and other wildlife. There were simple activities in the air conditioned center that the children enjoyed and the adults... More

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Harrison, Ohio
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

They had a lot of animals to see, building was a bit run down but had construction building new exhibits. They had interesting variety of animals. I loved the alligators. It's best to go in afternoon because thats when they had all off their shows between 1-3pm. Good staff that is very friend and helpful.

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HAM LAKE
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is a very family friendly place to view and learn about local animals. The planetarium offered three programs that were well done. The personnel in both the planetarium and nature areas were very approachable, informative and helpful.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

What a waste, reptiles and animals in deplorable cages, butterfly cage falling apart with no butterflies, decrepit walkways with scrap lumber laying about like trash, old Christmas lights balled up on railings. Planetarium stuck in the 80's with no updates. Smelly, moldy. Really? Isn't there someone in charge of closing down places like this?

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

I was happy to pay in the hopes that the money would help care for the animals.the living conditions of the r aptors disturbed me. The Eagle I fear has no room to fly. The mildew smell in the planetarium was sickening. I Hope someone will step in to save this place as it seems they mean well.

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Naples, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

This attraction has so much potential, but it obviously is experiencing severe money problems. The butterfly garden had one butterfly and very straggly flowers. The aviary could have been nice, but the 6 large buzzards sitting on the walkway were actually intimidating. The cypress walkway was nicely done and a glimpse of what can be done at the facility. I... More

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Small Town Indiana
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

I wish we had read the reviews on Tripadvisor before we spent $35 on a visit today! The museum is small, has a lot of little exhibits to view and they are nice but the nature trail/boardwalk was a huge disappointment. There were pop cans and water bottles littered throughout the trail. Odd that a nature preserve would be so... More

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