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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102
Phone Number: +1 239-262-0304
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center...

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. - Sun., 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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Wild animal hospital! Kayaking!

We had a split group of seniors and younger ones. So, the seniors took the electric boat ride and the younger gang kayaked. Loved the kayak trip. Never felt unsafe and I'm a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We missed the start of the kayaking guided tour so we took the opportunity to see some wild animals from electric boat but there were no turtles, no birds, no snakes or any other animal visible during a tour. However, our guide was well educated so we got a lot information about invasive plants and trees as well as mangroves.... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a split group of seniors and younger ones. So, the seniors took the electric boat ride and the younger gang kayaked. Loved the kayak trip. Never felt unsafe and I'm a beginner kayaker. Lots of birds. Thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge of Keven and Maier. Was a highlight of our month in the area. Don't forget the wild animal... More 

Thank Moki75
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Met up with Marty Roddy from the conservancy of SW FL at the kiosk in Tigertail Beach on Marco Island for a free guided nature walk. We were able to sit down while he told us about the conservancy and also showed us some shells and wildlife things that we passed around so we all could have a good look... More 

Thank dshendri
Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took adult family members here and we spent about 3 hours seeing the exhibits and taking the boat ride through the mangroves. It was very cold that day, so it was a good choice for visiting out-of-towners. Staff and volunteers couldn't have been any friendlier. We felt very good about our choice to spend the morning at the Conservancy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great idea by some conservationists, and maintained by lots of volunteers. The walks were short and easy, the boat ride was very informative, but included a lot of views of construction of private homes. There is extensive renovation going on, and I think this will be a great place to visit, especially with families. The volunteer staff... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a group of 4 adults and 2 young children. Because our grandson is 22 mths old and didn't meet the min. 2 yr old age for the boat ride, we were not able to partake in that activity. What we could do was to have the 4 year old explore holding a couple of starfish and a horseshoe... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently expanded and updated, the Concervancy is adjacent to the Naples Zoo and offers exhibits, wildlife rehab, access to back water kayaking and so much more - all within the City Limits of Naples. Parking area also connects to the new and beautiful Naples Greenway Trail.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

So much more than a nature center, this place has it all: animal exhibits (baby alligators, tanks of fish, even a sea turtle), a fantastic touch tank (my kids loved feeding little squid to the horseshoe crabs, sea urchins and starfish), an animal rescue hospital (where we saw recently rescued baby squirrels recovering in an incubator), a 45 minute boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

We stopped by to rent kayaks. We had to join to rent since we had missed the 10am guided tour, so we did. Everyone was so nice, informative and helpful. We paddled 3 miles in about 1.5 hours. Great electric boat tours an option too. We enjoyed the information inside too. Will be back.

Thank Julie S
Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

... You would never expect this nature sanctuary. Spent interesting 2hours including the boats tour.

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