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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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The beach comber tour is worth every minute.

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.

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

On April 8 took two teen granddaughters on two-hr kayak trip in Ten Thousand Is. Only 10 people. Randy patient guide, gave lesson at beginning. Pace was moderate so everyone could keep up. Educational and fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

We planned our trip to Rookery Bay with the touch tank in mind. Its only on certain days. Glad we did! The lady who led the touch tank was so great! I wish I would have got her name! She took well over an hr talking to the kids, explaining to them every creature in the tank, letting them hold... More 

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