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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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Good for Youngsters

On a Sunday morning, we headed for the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. Plenty of shady... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2019
North Port, Florida
Good nature center to visit

Went to Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium while in south Florida after my Son's wedding. This is... read more

Reviewed June 11, 2019
New Market, Tennessee
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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
+1 239-275-3435
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to visit a place that is far from the stiff, sterile, money-hungry attractions that plague so much of Florida, this is it. Warm, friendly staff and informative, hands-on exhibits make this one of our favorite places to visit. The general manager is...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have 3 adult kids (18-25) and we love going to Calusa. It was $50 for a family membership for a year. You can's beat that. They have animal talks everyday and the planetarium shows are included. We listen to the animal show everytime and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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MwallCNCP, Public Relations Manager at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback, Sandy! We're so happy to have your family as members!

Reviewed July 28, 2019

On a Sunday morning, we headed for the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. Plenty of shady parking was available on this hot sunny day, a welcome perk. The doors open to a large room that is, itself, the museum. The Center may depend on volunteers...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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HeatherP2860, Planetarium Director at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2019

Thank you for the feedback! We have been awaiting new trail signage (along with funding expected for the boardwalk repair), but now we will take steps to put some temporary signs up to guide people to the trails, since the maps are not accomplishing their...More

Reviewed June 14, 2019 via mobile

Took tour on Thursday,6/13/19. Very well organized with first class equipment and knowledgeable guides. Dexter was very entertaining and factual. His assistants were great, also. Safety was top priority, easpecially for families with children.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Bob S
Reviewed June 11, 2019

Went to Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium while in south Florida after my Son's wedding. This is a good place to visit and only cost $10.00 . The Planetarium is very good and comfortable. The wildlife show was good and you can tell the staff...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed April 28, 2019

Boardwalk has been closed for several months. I have more animals in my yard than they have on exhibit. A bit rundown! Very disappointing.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank loneranger999
Reviewed April 17, 2019

I am not much of a lover of nature i was visiting with my family. However this place turned out to be better than i was expecting. Yes it was a bit run down as the others have mentioned but i felt it still had...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank shadowace888
Reviewed April 9, 2019

The staff was really nice and informative about their park and shows! The planetarium is small, and made me totally motion sick, but my boyfriend really enjoyed the experience! I was planning all sorts of other adventures to the planetarium (they have laser light shows...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Rachel H
Reviewed April 6, 2019

Everyone we came into contact with was very pleasant, our kids loved getting so close to the animals and checking out the butterflies. Not super fancy but very affordable which made up for that! This was a nice change of pace from the pool/beach activities...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank AKA1111
Reviewed March 20, 2019

Very friendly people, the animals are well cared for. The trails are fun to walk. The butterfly garden was really beautiful!

Date of experience: February 2019
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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
Danny L
August 30, 2016|
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$10 per adult and $5 per kid (3-12 I believe)