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Address: 3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811
Phone Number: 239-275-3435
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of Southwest...

Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of Southwest Florida, and to foster a deeper understanding of earth and space sciences.

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Nice Nature Walk

This is a nature preserve that has been surrounded by a city! I enjoyed the walkway through the forest and marshy land but other than that and seeing the owls I was not too... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
russpei
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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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107 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a nature preserve that has been surrounded by a city! I enjoyed the walkway through the forest and marshy land but other than that and seeing the owls I was not too impressed. It was a nice get away for the afternoon when we locals had not much to do.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent planetarium show. Alligators to see and snakes,and a variety of reptiles to see and touch.Interesting and informative. Great for all ages.

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Thank hotrodgigi
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66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Hard to know where to begin. From the girl at the front desk who said "welcome victims" and said negative things throughout her spiel "you can pet the snakes but why?" To the presenter at the nature show who asked the crowd of young families "who has ever been put in a chokehold?" And snakes climb into cribs and strollers... More 

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

So we are new to Florida and checking out different things as we can. I noticed this place as I was driving to a different destination. The cost of going is okay. It is $10 for adults $5 for kids. There is a yearly family pass for $50. Please keep in mind the cost of going is what keeps them... More 

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2 Thank Jessie S
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

The entire center needs attention including the parking lot. Not many animals and most of the nature walk was flooded (can't help that). It would be nice if they had information about the animals next to them such as; what they like to eat, how long they live...etc. Aside from the live animal show, I didn't feel like we learned... More 

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Atco, New Jersey
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43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I went here while on vacation it really wasn't what was expected and they charge 10.00 a person to get in. I am all good and well with donations but let people decide on what to give. There was only a few animals there mostly bird of prey. Good for small children they will have a good... More 

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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I used to really love the Calusa Nature Center, and I did go to a concert at their Planetarium that was very intimate and fun. That being said, this place is borderline depressing. Their "butterfly house" is a screened-in structure full of butterflies with torn up wings from throwing themselves at the walls of their enclosure. Their animal pins are... More 

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1 Thank Christina H
Cape Coral, Florida
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Planetarium was cool and a restful break after a nice picnic lunch and nature walk. The beautiful recovering animals were beautiful to visit . All of the animals were rescued and injured and are being treated here. Most are unable to fend for themselves and are here treated like royalty!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Just a few bird and a couple animals, not to mention the whole place don't look well kept (signs to describe the animal were missing, and animal cages aren't clean.) and overall it has a dressing feel to the place. Would not visit again.

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Thank Elizabeth S
Vlaardingen, netherlands
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135 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

We expected something like Sarasota Jungle gardens. But this is a much rougher park, with a lot less attractions. It's ok for a walk but the exhibits of animals are pretty sober. We won't be visiting again.

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