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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102
+1 239-262-0304
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Ranked #19 of 77 attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center has recently completed a $20 million renovation which offers abundant... more » Owner description: As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center has recently completed a $20 million renovation which offers abundant learning opportunities, special activities such as camps for children, and other unique programming and events and is designated as Site #69 on the "Great Florida Birding Trail". In addition to the new entrance, Smith Preserve Way, just south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road, new features include the Dalton Discovery Center, von Arx Wildlife Hospital nursery viewing area, Windfeldt Shorebird Pool, Shotwell Wavering Filter Marsh, Christopher B. SmithPreserve, Eaton Conservation Hall with Jeannie Meg Smith Theater, electric boat rides up the Gordon River from the Allyn Family Dock and Lagoon, and Ferguson Learning Lab. Kayak rentals and excursions are available for a fee. No visit is complete without a visit to the Bradley Nature Store to select from nature-inspired gifts, toys, jewelry, t-shirts, hats, art and cards. Other Conservancy Nature Center features include a live sea turtle display and touch tank. Electric boat ride schedule changes seasonally and are subject to weather and tide conditions. Open Mon. - Sat., 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. $12.95 Adults; $8.95 Ages 3-12. Offsite Adventures are offered during season (generally December - April,) the Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers various nature tours: *Good Fortune II Pontoon Boat Cruise through Rookery Bay estuary. * Free Nature walks at Brigg's Boardwalk, Clam Pass and Tigertail beach. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

If you want to know about the natural Naples, this is the place to go. Nice educational and fun experiences for all ages. Boat trip is worth the price of admission. Find out about what is coming with the new additions.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is newly renovated and makes learning about the area fund and interesting for both children and adults. Don't miss the boat ride!

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Elbridge, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

make sure you go here towards the end of the day that's when all the birds and critters are coming out to eat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The tickets are not very expensive and if you live I the area and plan on going at least twice, it's better to buy the annual passes. There is a boat ride that takes you up a little canal an points out local and foreign plants. Nothing special but the driver let my boy steer the boat and he liked... More

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Walpole, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Although we have wintered over in Naples, Florida for a decade, we recently visited the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for the first time. We were immediately impressed with the friendliness of the greeting that we received, as well as the many interesting exhibits and activities that we were able to enjoy. When we walked down to the dock for the... More

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

My cousin was visiting Naples from Boulder CO (also pretty). I took her to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida (SWFL) for a site that is hidden from most. We took the Gordon River cruise to see the real Florida, the kind you read about: Everglades, wildlife, water throughways and gentle breezes. She was enchanted, and you will be too, so... More

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Osgoode, Ont. Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The exhibits are well done. Very interesting & informative. The place is run with volunteers who were friendly & knowledgable. Really enjoyed the boat ride, our captain was great. A good place for children & adults. Only need a couple of hours to tour the facility, including the boat ride. Nice trails to walk if you want to stay longer.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Recently expanded with additional trails, buildings, exhibits and electric boat rides. If you like nature you will love this place. I am a member and go often and take friends. It is next to the Naples Zoo, which is also very worthwhile visiting.

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West Chester, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Went with a group and enjoyed the tour. Could not take boat ride as boats were not operating that day.

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Irvington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Our hosts had booked us for a conservancy boat trip on a Saturday morning. The whole experience was exceptional, particularly for me as it afforded me lots of ops for taking bird pictures as we cruised through mangrove "swamps" and other interior waterways near the Gulf. The captain of our pontoon style boat was wonderful and competent and did a... More

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