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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Description: 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. - 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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Great place to learn about SW Florida

My daughter is an intern here. The conservancy is doing wonders to help injured animals of the area. Turtles and birds are in rehab at the conservancy. The volunteers are so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Manassas, Virginia
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Manassas, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

My daughter is an intern here. The conservancy is doing wonders to help injured animals of the area. Turtles and birds are in rehab at the conservancy. The volunteers are so dedicated. If I lived in Naples, I would certainly volunteer here.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The Conservancy is very involved in conservation of animal and plant life in Southwest Florida, as well as preservation of vital wetlands. A visit to the facility is a great pleasure, and the boat ride to the Gordon River is not to be missed. It is only a few hundred yards/meters to a secluded mangrove forest. It is as if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is one of the most amazing nature attractions around! The displays are informative & the boat tour is beautiful - our guide had so many great stories about the habitat. Seeing the recovering pelicans & other birds was a great experience! The volunteer docents are warm, friendly & very knowledgeable - they are all so dedicated to their cause.... More 

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

The conservancy of SW Florida is a great attraction for both adults and children alike. You tour the grounds where you can see recovering birds, walk through their exhibits which displays animals and environment of SW Florida, visit their gazebo which overlooks the water habitats and then take the boat tour along the canals nearby. This is very interesting outing... More 

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Denver, CO
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

They have some wonderful teaching programs. The animal tanks are very fun. Boat rides through the mangroves are cool!

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Marlton
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Enjoyed each area. $13 entry was plenty fair with a very good electric boat ride for about 45 minutes included in the rate. Many helpful people who were volunteers. Just the kind of stuff I like and so did my wife. Don't miss it.

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Viewing of birds and vegetation from electric powered boat.was very enjoyable. Boats are small with about ten passengers and tour is narrated.

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Nice get away in the heart of Naples. We enjoyed the boat tour and our guide was very informative. Nice slice of nature in the heart of Naples

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basking ridge, nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Next to the zoo is the conservancy that takes in wounded animals and birds and rehabilitates them. The boat ride is about 50 minutes and the guides are very happy to chat about the foilage, the birds and native animals in the area. It is nice to find this little piece of natural surroundings in the middle of the city.... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I have visited Naples a few times now and am happy to finally visit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. A friend told me about the electric boats rides that they offer there. Admission is $13 for adults and the boat ride is a part of your admission. You go down to the pier and sign up for a time that's... More 

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