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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This place seems to be dated and in need of an update. The nature center and trails could use some... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018
Nickf999
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Poor whatever they supposed to be!

My wife and I were bored and since we drove by the place all the time, we thought we pay it a... read more

Reviewed May 17, 2018
Mark G
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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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Our 105-acre facility hosts a true Florida swamp and we house injured native wildlife that may never be released into the wild. We also have exotic and exotic invasive species found or surrendered by owners. Daily animal demos! Special topics talks...more
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3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

Enjoyed going through the nature center and seeing the different animals, very interesting. the butterfly house and several different species to view. The price of admission was very reasonable, it was an enjoyable morning for the entire family, grandkids to grandparents, there is a little...More

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Reviewed September 19, 2018

My husband and I are both nature lovers. We pulled in thinking we would pay our fee and spend a nice morning in the park. Well the entrance fee was almost $25.00 each. This was high enough that we pulled out of the center. It...More

Thank Sue S
AlexB10475, Guest Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2018

Hi Sue, thanks for your feedback, although our adult admission is $10 and $5 for kids. I am curious to know who told you it would cost $25 per person for admission? Hoping that we can clear this up. Thanks!

Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

This place seems to be dated and in need of an update. The nature center and trails could use some attention. Part of the trail was roped off and inaccessible. Other parts were so water logged you were forced to walk through six inches of...More

Thank Nickf999
Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2018

Hi Nick, Thanks for your review and suggestions. We are currently trying to raise the funds to repair our boardwalk, museum and enclosures that were damaged in Hurricane Irma. As a private, donor and admission funded non-profit, we rely solely on the generosity of individuals...More

Reviewed July 10, 2018

Such a great place to take your kids or out of town guests. Experience some Florida everglades animals and environment right in town.The planetarium has very educational shows and workshops and saying hi to the rescued animals is always fun. Halloween is fun here.More

Thank Heather T
Heather P, Planetarium at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2018

Thank you for your kind review, we all love Calusa and are trying to make it the best it can be! We would love to hear from anyone who might have 501.c.3 grant-writing experience, for our chief limitation right now is budgetary. Our volunteers and...More

Reviewed May 17, 2018

My wife and I were bored and since we drove by the place all the time, we thought we pay it a visit. It was always intriguing to us. Someone help them out of their misery OMG. Poor few animals there. It is totally discombobulated...More

2  Thank Mark G
Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Mark, We apologize that you did not enjoy your visit and we appreciate your feedback. We are always working to improve the experiences of our guests and will take your considerations into account. We hope that you will give us another chance to change your...More

Reviewed April 16, 2018

This is an we'll kept independent nature Center with links to the Scouts and a Montessori primary school. There are some nature trails, a breeding gator pair, some rescue animals like a bald eagle, a fox, a raccoon, a tortoise, and a skunk, and of...More

1  Thank maikeparamor
Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Thanks for your feedback and support. We are thrilled that we were able to inspire you to connect with nature. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed March 8, 2018

We enjoyed the walking tour and the price/donation was reasonable to support a place like this. Checked out part of the planetarium show (too many noisy children). The planetarium hostess did a great job of being informative and trying to keep the kids entertained. She...More

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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Thanks for your feedback and support. We are so happy that you enjoyed the planetarium as well as our nature center. We did sustain quite a few damages from Hurricane Irma and have nearly recovered, pending the repair of our nature trail boardwalk. We hope...More

Reviewed March 7, 2018

Really enjoyed our visit to this Center which provides an opportunity to learn more about gators, planets, stars and awesome creatures which live at the Center, such as lizards and a bald headed eagle called Erika. Also nice selection of gifts. Staff were friendly and...More

2  Thank dinxalink
Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

We appreciate your feedback and support and are happy that we were able to inspire you to connect with our unique Southwest Florida ecosystem. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Both a Nature Center and a planetarium, different educational shows throughout the day, engaging staff, cool animals, and much more! It’s rare to find an affordable place to go where you can learn about animals and space. Very happy we came here!

1  Thank Kai A
Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Thank you for your feedback and support! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed February 16, 2018 via mobile

I visited today. Saw the museum, the animals, the planetarium, and did some solar observing. I read some reviews that said the animals looked sad. I don't agree. A lot of them were sleeping or cleaning themselves, which animals don't do unless they feel comfortable....More

1  Thank Jackie B
Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Thank you for your feedback and support. Yes, many of our animals have sustained life threatening injuries and are unable to return to the wild, so we keep them safe and fed. We are so happy you were able to find inspiration through our nature...More

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Lisa R
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Lisa: There is a volunteer program for animal care in which feeding or food distribution are normally performed at 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM. You have to fill out a form and they can schedule you in order to spread the work out... More
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$10 per adult and $5 per kid (3-12 I believe)
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