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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 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.

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

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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The learning center is modern and nicely air conditioned. You can't beat the admission price at $5. We did the half mile nature mostly pines but we did not see any wildlife. There are boats and kayak tours but we did not take it.

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

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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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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Address: 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113
Phone Number: +1 239-530-5940
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Naples

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