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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
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. - 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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We recently visited the Conservancy. There are interesting exhibits about the animals and geology of Florida. Many exhibits highlight the water management issues of the area... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We recently visited the Conservancy. There are interesting exhibits about the animals and geology of Florida. Many exhibits highlight the water management issues of the area. We took a 45 minute boat ride along a portion of the Gordon river and some of the canals. We were able to see some birdlife and learned about the importance of preserving the... More 

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Louisville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the conservancy. It is a great place to increase one's knowledge of the environment and how we can go about making a difference for future generations.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Small but quaint with a small store and a chance to see some local animals they might be helping. Nature boat ride and kayak rentals are available, also a small observing area

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Has a nice boat trip. Explains one of the most important assets we have in Florida...water. Rehabilitates injured animals.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

You will enjoy the boat tour of the estuary. They have nature trails you can walk and they have activities and presentations for children at the nature center.

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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We enjoyed the boat tour and the snake exhibit. We also walked around the grounds and saw the aquarium. It is a large facility and can easily take up hours of entertainment for only $12.50 per day. We are too old to really enjoy this fully.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Three hours well spent today at the conservancy. Staffed by very knowledgeable volunteers who are very dedicated to the cause. Many displays and interactive demonstrations, however our favourite part of the day was the boat trip - again we learned a lot from John our 'Captain'. He was friendly and fun! Our 12 yr old had a great time -... More 

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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Enjoyed learning aspect of visit , electric boat rides are relaxing . Nice way to spend I few hours looking at sea life.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

There is so much to do here, and ideal for every age. Take a boat trip on the lovely Gordon River, visit the enclosure for injured birds, take a walk with a ranger through the little forest and visit the inside exhibition. All the employees are so eager to share their knowledge and answer questions.

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NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The conservancy helps save native plants and wildlife. It doesn't take long to see and the boat ride is fun.

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Additional Information about Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Address: Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102
Phone Number: +1 239-262-0304
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Naples
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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