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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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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. Guided boat and kayak tours provide educational experiences while enjoying this special place.

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Shell Island Boardwalk

We visited the main visitor center on a Saturday morning. At 11 a.m. we took a short guided tour that was very informative, especially concerning botany. Later, we drove to Shell... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the main visitor center on a Saturday morning. At 11 a.m. we took a short guided tour that was very informative, especially concerning botany. Later, we drove to Shell Island Road to the Briggs boardwalk ( about a 2 mile drive). This is an area where one can see the vulnerable Florida Scrub Jay. Unfortunately it was raining... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent the afternoon with Captain Randy of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research on the "Life is a Beach Tour". Went out to Keewaydine Island, seven miles of pristine beach just a few miles from Naples. Fantastic shelling and highly informative. Sunny, cool and gorgeous day. Highly recommended for couples and families. Call Rookery Bay to check availability of this and... More 

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Akron, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to] gather a new place to hike and explore. We ended up with a lot of wonder full information about the nature of the area. Learned wonderful information about local turtles .a great place to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

it was very good would do it again in a heart beat my husband and I love it everyone should do this even more than once

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on a cool and cloudy January day in Marco. We didn't realized they closed at 4pm, so wished we had more time here. But we spent about 30 minutes at the touch tank listening and watching Alison (certified interpreter) tell us about the animals/marine life they had in the tank. She was very descriptive and we learned a... More 

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Rockaway Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went last month for the first time, despite driving past for years. It had rained heavily 2 days before. Upon entering, the volunteer warned us that there had been a bear spotting in the reserve that week. I was a little hesitant but we forged on and sure enough we saw evidence of a bear (see photo). Nominal entry... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is mostly a aquatic lab and hands on visitor center that seems to be set up for tours and young adult learning experiences. There is also an area established for art exhibits.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While we have not yet had the opportunity to visit the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, we have taken one of its naturalist-guided boat trips to the barrier islands outside. Simple wonderful! You are transported to another Florida; only the traffic on the Intercoastal reminds you of the urban environment just miles away. Dolphins, osperys galore and one photogenic pair... More 

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Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on an afternoon cruise organised by the Rookery Bay staff and it was an excellent experience. Even before we got on the boat we had an informative brief talk from our guide who explained, with the aid of an aerial map, the background to the reserve and the area. As we walked along the pier to the boat,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff so helpful and knowledgeable. Docent great too Loved the local art exhibit. Well maintained trails. We even saw a manatee.

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