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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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Excellent educational experience

This is a small but very informative facility where you can learn about the local marine life. I recommend going on a day when the touch pool is open. Look at the website for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a small but very informative facility where you can learn about the local marine life. I recommend going on a day when the touch pool is open. Look at the website for the events calendar. Jeanie toom about an hour to show us all the crabs and snails and let us touch them. She was wonderful. There are... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Rookery Bay is very informative. You learn about the estuaries and you have the chance to go on a nature walk. Great to do with your kids

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I always wanted o visit this place, finally it happened. It is a good place to visit, there is not too much to see inside but it enough for a 1 hour visit. There is also a big area outside that you can go for a walk, be aware of mosquitoes. It s Naples..haha

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I went to see nature but was suffered to learn about conservation. My children only wanted to see alligators and other Florida wild life. Too uppity and not enough to see for price.

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Avondale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Excellent nature touring area with both water and woodland trails. Very good information in the visitor center. Good place for a relaxing, peaceful stroll through the woods.

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We went to the Rookery Bay Estuarine Center for a couple of hours to learn more about some of the former occupants of the shells that we were collecting at the beach. They have excellent programs for elementary school children that are interactive and teach basic lessons about all the animals in the Rookery. They have a short nature trail... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The rookery was a great place to visit. We found the staff friendly and knowledgable. The exhibits were informative and well done and gave us a good idea of various parts of the eco system of South Florida. While there were some activities particularly geared to children we did not find that the overall feel was only for children. The... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Rookery has something for the whole family. During season, there are lots of programs and events for children that are fun, but also very educational. For adults, there are art exhibits and interesting things to learn about the unique ecosystem in Southwest Florida. Don't miss out on this!

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The rookery is really geared for children older then 5, project room was fun, little tank, went with hopes that it was a great aquarium but was disappointed. Many things for kids to do but once done, nothing else really. Inexpensive to attend, but very small and not much to see. Educational for the older children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

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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