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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 Rookery Bay Reserve is tucked in off the highway and we were not sure it would be worth the stop. We were pleasantly surprised. The staff made the experience. Dick told us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Champaign, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The Rookery Bay Reserve is tucked in off the highway and we were not sure it would be worth the stop. We were pleasantly surprised. The staff made the experience. Dick told us all about the marine life in the touch tank. He kept all the kids involved and drew everyone in the Reserve to the tank. He was more... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

What an amazing place! You can go on the nature walk on your own, but unless you are in a hurray wait for a guide. A worthwhile 60 minutes. With Michael, our guide, we learned a bit about the struggle for survival in the very early days, types of mangroves, how they reproduce, poisonous vegetation, and some wildlife facts. We... More 

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Brooklin, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We stopped here for an hour on our way to do a boat tour further south. The location is beautiful and the visitor centre is large and well equipped. There is a nice picnic area which you can use if you bring a lunch. There is no restaurant on site. We sat thru a Manatee talk which was great but... More 

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Visit right when it opens. Staff are nice and very, very knowledgable. We heard a great talk about the sea life in the area that stayed with us for our visit. We also enjoyed the trail walk. Saw a lot of birds while out.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We took a lengthy boat tour with excellent guide, and through learning about the plants and animals we encountered discovered how the estuary works to purify water and keep the natural balance. Plus it was gorgeous.

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Essex, Vermont
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We were really impressed by the educational building and the exhibits. The walking trails were less than great, not really well maintained and a bit odd. It was hot, so that didn't help. It's a 100,000 plus acre reserve, so you can only see a fraction of it from the main building. We should have booked the boat tour, which... More 

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Springdale, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We took the 3 hour boat tour. Our guide, Randy, was very knowledgeable. The trip through the Mangroves was absolutely beautiful. Make reservations well ahead as the boat only holds 6 passengers. Would highly recommend the boat tour as well as a visit to the Rookery Bay Educational Center.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I stopped and was told I could tag on to a guided walk, and so rushed out to do that. When we came back, I spent time exploring the building, but they were closing very soon so I was rushed. When I asked about walking the trails, a volunteer told me no, it was too late. Then another outstanding volunteer... More 

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Nokomis, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Armed only with all the terrific reviews from my fellow TripAdvisor contributors, I decided to book a guided boat trip at Rookery Bay for one of the three days we were planning to spend in the Naples area this week. My husband and I are always searching for nature-oriented activities, so this was a perfect choice. We boarded the covered... More 

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Westerham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We booked a canoe trip ( I recommend you book well in advance as numbers are limited to about 8). The guide was very knowledgeable and the trip was very informative, and so peaceful. There is a fabulous info centre for kids

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