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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113
Phone Number: +1 239-530-5940
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Description: The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the...
The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center serves as a gateway into the 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected lands and waters. Walking trails, guided kayak and boat tours, and special events provide opportunities for visitors to learn about this special place.
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Fantastic Tour

We took a tour with a small number of others. A powerpoint presentation lasted about 45-minutes where we learnt about the work of the research centre before being taken on a trip... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We took a tour with a small number of others. A powerpoint presentation lasted about 45-minutes where we learnt about the work of the research centre before being taken on a trip on the bay where our lecturer hauled in a net of fish and told us about them all, before carefully returning them all safely to the water. Highly... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The learning center is modern and nicely air conditioned. You can't beat the admission price at $5. We did the half mile nature mostly pines but we did not see any wildlife. There are boats and kayak tours but we did not take it.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This tour was fascinating and instructive. The knowledge passed on from the guide was very impressive. Small groups make this tour desirable and relaxing as well.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

not too large exhibition and learning center for all ages. Focuses on the Rookery Bay area (downstairs) and other environmental issues (upstairs). Usually there are twice a day activities in which you can participate. The touch tank was an absolute favorite of our 6, 5 and 2 yr old. Lovely volunteers who are very knowledgable and willing to share information.... More 

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marathon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The guided boat tours are wonderful both day and night ones. The best can be the Sunset to Moonlight cruise for 6 people. Our guide Randy was excellent, very knowledgeable answering all of our questions with more information than we will be able to remember so will have to return for another trip.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Toured the Rookery Bay and we were not disappointed! Our guide was knowledgeable regarding the ecosystem and all species present!!! Enjoyed the presentation immensely!!!

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Framingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We went to Rookery Bay and loved it! The volunteers were very informative and friendly. The set up was very stroller friendly. We had a great time. We will be back for sure!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We took the Essence of an Estuary Tour with Randy and it was perfect. We cannot wait to do another tour. Very professional and informative.

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Lemont, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My wife and I took the 1/2 mile easy walk in nature to see the mangroves. We saw jellyfish, mullet fish, and many birds. It was only $5 and it goes towards a good cause to preserve natural wetlands.

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Deer Park
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Very nice facility. Driver over from Ft. Lauderdale. Great place for older kids. Wouldn't recommend for kids under 5. Nice trails. Go early as it gets warm on the trails. Been other places, would recommend getting a tour as a self guided type one is not available. Very friendly staff. Nice rooms for informational sessions. We were able to take... More 

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Address: Address: 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113
Phone Number: +1 239-530-5940
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Naples

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