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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Address: 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113
Phone Number: +1 239-530-5940
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Ranked #22 of 117 things to do in Naples
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews 88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and I took the 3 hour tour to an island to understand the plants and how they survive in such a harsh environment. We were able to be on a beach that's 7 miles long and the seven of us were the only ones on this protected area. There were so many different shells and we had the... More 

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Chicago
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Great place for the whole family. Various tours to choose from including ones with guides. You can walk the area on your own, but would suggest you take one of the tours that include a guide. There are walking tours, group boat tours, and kayak group tours. Check out the reserve on the web.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Our third visit to Rookery Bay and our second boat trip with Randy McCormick. Very relaxed and informative. Not cheap, but worth every penny. Randy know his stuff and provides a very worthwhile outing for us city folks.

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Bay Village, Ohio
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112 reviews 112 reviews
29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is a great place to visit when in the area. It is not expensive and local coupon books save you even more. It helps you understand what has happened, what is happening and what will happen to this precious environment of ours, unless we get our act together. Try to visit, if you can.

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Columbus, Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The welcome center was very nice. We had a dozen questions and they answered all of the them. Good presentation. The nature trail hike was just the right length. Fauna and flora abounds.

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Wildwood, Missouri
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We recently took a naturalist guided tour by kayak. It was a two and half hour well guided/fully equipped tour of Rookery Bay. Our naturalist was well informed, the tour time was challenging but not to long, and the bay was beautiful. There were tons of birds and the trip thru the mangroves was a once in a lifetime experience.... More 

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Chocowinity, North Carolina
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142 reviews 142 reviews
34 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Lots to do and see, including an observation bridge, a nature trail, two story exhibits hall (with some interactive), a large mangrove aquarium, and a very nice souvenir store. There is an art gallery with works from local talent, a beautifully landscaped garden with a picnic patio, alternative ways to explore the reserve. We took the guided boat tour, but... More 

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Dyer, Indiana
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The Rookery is located just north of Marco Island and we decided to go there for the afternoon instead of heading to the beach. My son is 10 and it was just he and I.... I thought he would be bored, but he wasn't. Inside they have a touch tank where a worker has all kinds of sea creatures and... More 

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Naples, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My husband and I visited for the first time today and enjoyed our time. We learned so much about the area and it's wildlife. We look forward to returning with our entire family. There is beautiful local art featured here. There are educational programs regularly that we are eager to try. The staff was helpful and friendly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I think that Rookery Bay could have more programs for adults. The butterfly garden was disappointing.

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