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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113
+1 239-530-5940
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Ranked #22 of 77 attractions in Naples
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. It contains... more » Owner description: The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. It contains 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected waters. A myriad of wildlife, including 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals, thrive in the estuarine environment and surrounding upland hammocks and scrub found within the Reserve. « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Great for adults & kids to see & explore. They have some live exhibits & offer a touch tank at special times. There are a variety of hiking & paddling trails, events, etc., so I recommend you visit their site & plan your visit to meet your needs. https://rookerybay.org/visit/explore-on-your-own.html *The work of the people & scientists at Rookery Bay is... More

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Owensboro, Kentucky, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A very nice center with educational exhibits and activities for children. It was a short drive from our vacation rental on Marco Island. Admission was only five dollars. There is a nice nature trail that leaves from the second floor of the center. There is a bridge over the river and then a nature trail. We only went on the... More

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USA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This place is great for kids of all ages! They have several interesting educational exhibits and they also have hands-on areas for younger children. Adults will enjoy all of the beautiful artwork and the anthropological and ecological information about the area. The bridge over the river provided a great place to watch the black-tipped shark. So cool! Their gift shop... More

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Kent UK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We took our grand-daughters here and really enjoyed ourselves. The visitor centre is bright and full of interactive exhibits and aquariums. There is lots of interesting information as well. The investment in the centre is really quite impressive. We went on a Friday which during the summer months means children get in free and there are special events for children.... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Free Friday for children in the summer with classes, crafts, and multiple teachers that are great with energetic children of all ages... Adults even got a lesson today! Highly recommended, great for schooling or to spend a quality family day... I think this would be perfect for local residents and those on vacation as well!

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Naples, Florida
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148 reviews 148 reviews
11 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Located on Rte 951 just after the turn to Marco Island, Rookery Bay is a low key, inexpensive, very worthwhile attraction for anyone wanting to learn more about this part of FL. It never seems to be crowded, and the expanse of walking trails spreads visitors out across the sanctuary. There are walking trails that can be accessed by almost... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Very interesting facility and grounds plus only 5 bucks admission. Includes a short movie and presentations by staff. Bring your mosquito repellant if you walk any of the 3 trails!

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philadelphia area
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251 reviews 251 reviews
117 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We visit nature and history places all over the world and most of them are bigger than Rookery Bay. But Rookery Bay did a great job engaging our kids and having exhibits that they could enjoy. They also gave him tons of prizes for finishing the little activity...and bribery goes far with my kids. We went on the nature trail... More

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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We're vacationing in Marco Island for the month and wanted to explore some nature. For only $5.00/adult, we got admission to the educational center, free parking, and much, much more. The resident naturalist took us on a guided nature walk and we learned about mangoves, live oaks, invasive plants, feral pigs, snakes, palms, air plants, etc. The walk was flat... More

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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6 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I highly recommend this as a stop over for those that enjoy nature. There is plenty of free parking and the interior of the building is loaded with exhibits and friendly staff. We got to sit in a classroom-like room with a naturalist, Patrick Higgins, who discussed all about shells. Patrick is an excellent speaker - clear, concise, well organized... More

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