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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

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3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811
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EFW2014 wrote a review Apr 2021
Woolwich, Maine858 contributions129 helpful votes
Purchased our tickets on Groupon. We enjoyed our visit but it could have been better. The center is doing good work so I don’t want to rip them but there a few things they could improve. But it’s well worth the price of a ticket as is. The planetarium is nice but the man leading the Mayan lecture has to speak up or get a microphone, I could not hear him.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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hawkeyed9sza wrote a review Dec 2020
LaBelle, Florida47 contributions14 helpful votes
This was our second visit, and the planetarium show was much better now with the new projector. The Pine Trail was nice, just enough for a stroll for older persons. The wildlife demonstration was informative and the we also enjoyed the aviary. The small museum was also interesting and you can get close to the displays to see best. The staff is friendly and enthusiastic. They are trying SO hard to keep this little gem going and it truly is a gem of natural environment smack dab in the middle of hustle and bustle. While walking the trail we loved the quiet of the woods and yet we could still hear the traffic all around us, but it wasn't a distraction. The admission fee is reasonable and includes the planetarium show, which lasts about an hour. Great little display of meteorites inside too. Laser shows at night, holiday lights on trails at night at Christmas. Please give them a try!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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ohsuzyq10 wrote a review Feb 2020
Cleveland, Ohio404 contributions160 helpful votes
We spent a disappointing hour or so at the Calusa Nature Center while in Ft. Myers. The Planetarium was closed so we took in the offerings in the small "center," the most exciting part of which (according to the 6 yr old grandson) was the snake room where a diamondback rattlesnake slithered in a cage. Other exhibits indoors and outdoors were pretty unimpressive. We walked the shorter trail and my daughter-in-law decided to break off and take the longer trail. After awhile she phoned and said she was coming back the same way she had gone. Seems most of the way through the trail she came to a sign cautioning that a "nesting" alligator was near and one could proceed at their own risk. We didn't understand why there was no warning sign at the beginning of the trail - a serious oversight, I think. Sorry to say Calusa was not a highlight of our Ft. Myers visit.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from CNCPFtMyers, Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
Responded Jul 28, 2020
Thank you for your review as it helps our team to make improvements every day. All of our wildlife were injured or sick at some point in their lives and are not able to be re-released into the wild as they would not be able to survive on their own. We will continue to make improvements and hope you will visit us again in the future!
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hassler6666 wrote a review Feb 2020
Walker, Minnesota156 contributions19 helpful votes
Never been here before and the grandkids needed something to do. Did the walk on the paths. Cool day so it was nice but I would think an hot days and the bugs would be really bad. Saw snakes and gaters and different kind of bird. Not bad at all. I think it is a little on the pricy side. The place is a little run down. Even some paint would help. The boards on the walk ways need to be replaced . We went to the Planetarium and we had to wait over an hour for it to start. They were running late but no one told any of us. The show was very good, but it was a lot on information that was way over everyone's head. I saw a few people sleeping. It was OK. Something to do once.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Larry wrote a review Feb 2020
Magnolia, Delaware40 contributions22 helpful votes
We showed up at the Nature Center and found the following. 3 out of 4 paths were closed. Planetarium closed The place appeared to be worn out. This place has potential. However, it would need reinvestment into the park. I would by pass this place given the option. To me, it seemed worn out.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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