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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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Educational and fun

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Naples, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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Davos Platz, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Take the boat ride. See the work the Conservancy is doing to help wildlife in Florida. Hands on fun in the new exhibits.

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

All runs with mainly just volunteers who do a great job. Their enthusiasm is infectious. Loads of information regarding impact on the environment versus the need for more building work.

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London
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This venture continues to develop apace. The staff are very keen to explain the importance of protecting the plants, waterflows and wildlife. The work to aid injured animals is well managed. The electric boat trip allows the guides to explain the role of the mangrove swamps. Go to this place.

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Horndean, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This reserve has a nature trail and education talks on wildlife. You can hire kayaks for two hours and explore the mangroves and waterways. There are also small electric boats with 40 minutes guided tours. Kayaking was a great experience

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Burlington, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My wife and I took our teenaged son and his friend to enjoy an afternoon of kayaking. We were not disappointed. Not only did we get the opportunity to enjoy the mangroves and continue out into the Gordon River but when we returned we were given the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their animals (an... More 

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Northern Illinois
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My sister in law and I went for the first time and we really enjoyed it. The boat ride is well worth doing. We had a great captain and saw several different kinds of herons. The pelican enclosure is very nice too.

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GregWConservancy, Manager at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, TreeSprite! I'm glad you and your sister-in-law had a great time! More 

Naples, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My wife (Shelly) and I went on the electric boat ride and it was amazing! We had boat captain Rick Hensley take us out and he was informative and pleasant. He was also incredibly knowledgeable about Florida's unique environment! I highly recommend going on his boat (they have several) as he is a top notch guide and captain! Frankie Tedesco

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GregWConservancy, Manager at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this review

We agree! Hensley is the man, for sure. We're glad to hear to had such a great and informative experience on the electric boats! More 

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