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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102
Phone Number: +1 239-262-0304
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Ranked #19 of 52 Attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center has recently completed a...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 4:30 pm
9:30 pm - 12:00 am
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

What's not to like about a free electric boat ride through the Gordon river mangrove trees on a 80 degree day in January in beautiful Naples, Florida. Escorted by a very knowledgable gentleman by the name of "Tom" . Don't miss it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We brought the whole tribe... ages 1 to 63 and had a really wonderful time. The kids really like playing in the boat or sitting under the fish tank. The nature hike on the trails was also a treat. Sure the kids didn't want to visit each display... they were having too much fun playing with the interactive displays but... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

I was surprised at how small the place is and the walking trails are only .25 miles each. Relaxing visit but expensive for what we got.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Easy to locate as next to the zoo. Ample parking lot. If you drive in over a wooden bridge, you are passing over a gopher turtle preserve - take time later to walk on the bridge and peer over the sides to see if you can spot one. Purchase your ticket at the Gift shop and then immediately walk down... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I went here during the week.. It is an informative , engaging and enjoyable place. Not a lot of trails, but you need to go in EVERY building and see the amazing wildlife and of course, meet Betsy! Take a selfie! Find one of the volunteers who are readily available to tell you a lot of great information about this... More 

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We took a tour of the Conservancy today and we had an excellent guide that took us thru the exhibits which made them very meaningful. She was knowledgeable and friendly answering many questions. We took the electric boat ride, very relaxing and informative. Finally we look thru the viewing window of the animal hospital on the grounds. Good to hear... More 

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Hilton Head Island, SC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We spent a very informative half day at the well-designed facility. Included is a nice boat trip, exceptional indoor exhibits,relaxing walking trails, exceptional animal rehab facility and dedicated staff and volunteers.

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Sun Peaks, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a nice way to spend a few hours learning about the local eco system. Great displays and very friendly informative volunteer guides. Nice boat trip through the mangroves with another knowledgeable volunteer.

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

Since the make over of the Conservancy, they have really expanded and made a world class center for the conservation and environmental concerns of SW FL. We attended a private function here and would highly recommend people who are looking for a unique and different venue to host an event consider booking the Conservancy.

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Be sure to sign up for the boat ride - we saw many different birds including a Pileated woodpecker, a limpkin, and a juvenile great blue heron. It's a wonderful ride in electric, covered boats. The pilots are very knowledgeable about the area. The displays are also very nicely done - it's small but gives a very good overview of... More 

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