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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
9:30 pm - 12:00 am
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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A look at old Naples

Difficult to find until you know where to look. Enter the Conservancy through the south end of the Naples Zoo parking lot. The address won't get you there. Take the boat ride past... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Oak Lawn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Difficult to find until you know where to look. Enter the Conservancy through the south end of the Naples Zoo parking lot. The address won't get you there. Take the boat ride past some old forested areas. Egrets, Blue Herons everywhere you look. Visit the hospital where they care for sick and injured wildlife. Very helpful, cheerful docents. We had... More 

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Florissant, Missouri
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We were only there for the electric boat ride, but most enjoyable. The quiet motors allowed us to cruise by eagle and osprey nests built on marine navigational signs. This time of year, you might get to see chicks in the nests. If you wish to see a rookery filled with pelicans and egrets, take a later cruise. Photographers, at... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

You are in the heart of the city, and go here to feel like you are removed from the city. Sign up for the boat ride, it takes you "away" from the city feeling immediately. Be sure the kids get to see the different animals at the short lectures they give, they will enjoy petting them. They have reciprocal agreements... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The board walk is beautiful. Not much shade so go early. Don't expect to see wildlife since you are very close to the runway of Naples airport. Jets come and go every couple of minutes. The electric boat ride through the mangrove waterway was a disaster. Captain Bob didn't know much about the sights continuously giving out erroneous information. He... More 

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Naples, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Took family and grandchildren. Great interactive show for children on wildlife rescue. Great informative boat ride. Checked out animal rescue hospital. Entire staff was great.

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Celebration, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Great place to spend a couple of hours. If your a local, you can get a membership for $65, which gets you, another adult, and 3 kids in for a full year. The Electric Boat ride is a great place to bring guests when they visit you in beautiful Naples! The people at the front desk are great AND they... More 

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Woodville
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Make sure you take the boat cruise and watch the movie. We will visit here many times in the future to support their efforts at conservation and animal rehabilitation.

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Fife, Scotland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

My Husband and I decided to visit the Conservancy on the back of a recommendation. We both really enjoyed it and were educated on both wildlife and the issues of the surrounding area and the affects it has on the environment. A particular favourite was the boat ride on the mangroves. Our Boat Captain was not only very knowledgeable but... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Excellent way to spend a morning or afternoon. The tour of the facilities was impressive and the staff knowledgable .The electric boat relaxing and a sure thing.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This is a great place to visit in Naples. The boat ride makes it. We saw a injured bird being fed in the nursery, which was amazing. The volunteers there were really wonderful and made the visit special.

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