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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102
+1 239-262-0304
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Ranked #21 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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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

You take about a 45 minute ride thru the mangroves, practically in the middle of Naples. The boat captains are most knowledgeable about everything that is a part of this conservancy; Capt Fred was an excellent captain and host. We even saw a bald eagle. A refreshing boat ride in a quiet, non-polluting electric boat, showing you old Florida...

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Colleyville, TX
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12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

All volunteer staff make you feel instantly welcome as they take much pride in this well preserved park area. Our guide on the electric boat tour was extremely knowledgeable of the area, flora and fauna. I most enjoyed hearing about the history of these waterways and its benefits as well as effects on the ecology. Before or after your visit... More

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Fort Myers, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Everyone here was very nice. Marty and Ed, are two volunteers who give tours - of the animal exhibit and nursery sections. And Captain Steve, was our electric boat captain. Who in the fall, works on the weekends, piloting the electric boats. They were all very informative and fun. Also, my favorite parts were the animal and nursery exhibits. In... More

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Marco Island, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I am a HUGE fan of synergy. Having Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Naples Zoo as neighbors is smart. The program presented by Julian Fennessy, one of the few people in the world to have such a comprehensive view of giraffes in Africa, was very insightful and entertaining. We saw FABULOUS photos on a screen 2 stories tall. Having... More

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Wilton Manors, Florida, United States
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100 reviews 100 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The boat tour was amazing, we had this wonderful woman explain the river, and water ways to us, the tour was so very nice. Beautiful landscape, the grounds had a lot to see, Some very nice informative shows, I would recommend this to everyone! Great value for the $

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Naples, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Pack with hat, sunscreen,sunglasses, bug spray and you are off on an adventure with nature. It might be worth the extra $$ for a private tour guide for the up close and personal knowledge of the environment. There are numerous guides as you travel throughout the conservancy. First, you will tour the building which explains by fascinating visual displays the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

On the second day of our vacation we came here. The prices weren't too bad and The volunteers were so friendly and definitely went the extra mile to make our visit extremely fun. They entertained both the teenagers and young kids. It was stormy the day we went so they had shut down the boat ride for safety reasons, but... More

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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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