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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 #17 of 52 Attractions 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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Dyer, Indiana
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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VA Beach
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

An educational experience. Set up to inform as well as to entertain. The actual facility is not large but informative. They had a lecture (1hr) on shells the day we were there and have other lectures many days of the week. Have multiple programs including several boat rides and nighttime lectures which have a fee. Have some child oriented routine... More 

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Appleby-in-Westmorland, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The Environmental Learning Centre is packed with interesting facts about the local environment and the wildlife and the displays are attractive and informative to people of all ages. A bridge links the centre to three short trails through the habitats beside the centre and there are opportunities to overlook the creek. Unfortunately we did not have very long here and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Even though our kids are older we all throughly enjoyed the rookery. The indoor little aquarium and information centre was nice. Kids were disappointed that the touch tank was closed... We all enjoyed learning about the mangroves and it's habitats as well as rare fish and other species. We went for a walk along the trails and had we of... More 

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San Diego, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It was great learning all about the Everglades and Eco system. We enjoyed the movie they showed. Very interesting. Great place to take children to start teaching them about our wildlife and our waterways. Fun for adults too- they have a very mild little hike you can take. It's a special place.

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Aiken, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Launching our kayaks at the end of Shell Island Rd was wonderful. Drove through parts of Rookery Bay Estuary on the way to launch site. The Canoe Trail consists of 18 markets taking you on a paddle of about 4.25 miles going through various mangroves. We saw dolphins, heron, pelicans. Was lovely. Following our paddle we walked the Boardwalk Trail,... More 

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Brugg, Switzerland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This park offers a great walk in a piece of beautiful florida nature, with high chances to encounter many exotic animals. You might even see manatees and bull sharks. We were not that lucky, but we did see other very cool animals. This place is good for kids too I would say.

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Naples, F
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This review applies only to the Keewaydin Island portion of the Reserve. Please note that several friends have done their tours, and the indoor facility, etc. and have been equally pleased. The Keewaydin Island has great views of the Gulf of Mexico, Marco Island, and Hurricane Pass. The tidal current in the Pass are fun to observe & not infrequently... More 

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