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“fun and free to do in Cape Coral” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rotary Park Environmental Center

Rotary Park Environmental Center
5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral, FL 33914
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Ranked #4 of 6 Attractions in Cape Coral
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“fun and free to do in Cape Coral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great park, includes 2 dogs parks, one for large and one for small dogs. Butterfly Garden as well as numerous trails, playgrounds, pavilions. Wish the observation tower were open. You can bike, walk, run or picnic here

Visited April 2014
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Munich, Germany
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“nothing special”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Rated as number 1 place to go in Cape Coral, we webt there to visit this place. It was clean and free parking, but nothing more. We didn't see anything and a local told us, he's coming here for more than 7 years, despite fishing you can't see or do anything here. We were really disappointed.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Burrowing Owl Festival”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We loved this, it is our second visit and it is great to learn all about the wildlife and environmental issues around Cape Coral. Well worth a visit

Visited March 2014
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St. John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“good outdoor site for a few hours”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

the enclosed butterfly garden is quite interesting as is the center itself....large enclosed off-leash dog park on-site and a system of several short looped walking trails (< 1 mile total) which go through some scrub woods habitat around a couple of small ponds where you might see some shorebirds. The observation tower pictured in the brochures is closed. If you're looking to see wildlife, there are better opportunities elsewhere, this site will disappoint. If you're looking to see nesting burrowing owls (late Feb through March), just head on back up Pelican Blvd to the ballpark. The owls nest area is roped off on the lawn outside the ball field. When we visited, there was just one occupied nest burrow with 2 chicks. Also, the ball field light assemblies are the home of a colony of monk parakeets.

Visited March 2014
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Cape Coral, Florida
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“#1 Attraction fell short of expectations”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The butterfly house was very nice and the guide was extremely knowledgeable. The tower was closed, which was disappointing. We did see a red egret, blue heron and even a small alligator on the walk, but we were hoping for much more based on previous reviews. If you want to see nature, take the time and drive to Ding Darling or Corkscrew Swamp. The education centre was closed due to the school break and you couldn't access the dog park without a code. Otherwise, it's a nice city park to take small children with free parking and washrooms.

Visited March 2014
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