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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

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3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811
+1 239-275-3435
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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 4 weeks ago
Mark G
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Lehigh Acres, Florida
Hidden gem, really worth a visit!

This is an we'll kept independent nature Center with links to the Scouts and a Montessori primary... read more

Reviewed April 16, 2018
maikeparamor
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of Southwest Florida, and to foster a deeper understanding of earth and space sciences.
  • Excellent21%
  • Very good28%
  • Average19%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible13%
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3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811
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+1 239-275-3435
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Mark G
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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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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
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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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!

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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

3  Thank slourash
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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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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
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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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!

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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
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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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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
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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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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Reviewed February 6, 2018

Friendly knowledgable staff. Animals, butterflies, education center and working Planetarium. Be sure to touch a piece of Mars. A great place for children of all,ages. Plan on spending a couple of hours.

1  Thank ResqRick
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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback and support! We are happy you found inspiration in our nature center and planetarium. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed January 29, 2018 via mobile

If you are expecting Sea World or the San Diego Zoo, I guess you will be disappointed, but these folks are working hard to offer a down to earth experience that will educate and offer a close up look at area animals. The nature center...More

1  Thank JimTim306
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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your support and feedback, our goal is to inspire people to connect with nature, and we are thrilled that you were able to experience this at our nature center. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

We hiked the 1.8 mile loop and then watched the planetarium show on the northern lights. It was a nice way to spend a few hours. There were some nice snakes and a cute little owl inside. I’m glad we went. The trail was in...More

2  Thank AmericanExplorer8500
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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback and support. We were happy you were able to be inspired by our unique Southwest Florida ecosystem. We do hope you will return as we are always making improvements and adding new exhibits!

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Reviewed December 27, 2017

There was no bird aviary they claim they were building a new one. The Planetarium was only open on specific times mostly in afternoon hours. We did not see anything on the trails. The butterfly aviary only had three butterflies in it, It was very...More

Thank John K
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Alex B, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

John, We sincerely apologize for your less than pleasant experience. We did sustain some serious damage from Hurricane Irma, but we are almost fully repaired. Our new aviary is built and most of our feathered friends are moved into their new home. Our butterfly garden...More

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Lisa R
June 5, 2017|
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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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