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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905
239-275-3435
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Ranked #46 of 52 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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Port Richey, Florida, USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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44 reviews 44 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Thousand Oaks, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Like many others, our experience was not optimal. The facilities were overall in need of update and repair. We felt sorry for the animals...a very large reptile in a cage with just newspaper and no greenery...a cluster of screech owls in a small cage inside the building with a few perches and newspaper...a lonely hog and an extremely anxious raccoon... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

My husband and I are on our second visit to Sanibel Island, and we really enjoyed our exploration of the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium today. Outside, they have 2 large alligators on display, as well as several nature trails with signs describing some of the plant species. Also, in the outside area, there are cages with large birds, such... More

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Lockport, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I thought this would be a better time than it was. The majority of the nature walk was not accessible by wheelchair or stroller, it would have been nice if the girl at the admission counter had told us this , as we clearly had 2 strollers and asked for a wheelchair.We arrived mid-afternoon and we were not aware of... More

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