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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the...

The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center serves as a gateway into the 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected lands and waters. Walking trails, guided kayak and boat tours, and special events provide opportunities for visitors to learn about this special place. Guided boat and kayak tours provide educational experiences while enjoying this special place.

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Well worth the money & educational.

Great family atmosphere for adults and young children. Terrific bridge to trails that meander throughout the property. Take the kids and enjoy the afternoon learning and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
shawnmclane
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great family atmosphere for adults and young children. Terrific bridge to trails that meander throughout the property. Take the kids and enjoy the afternoon learning and touching some of Naples local sea creatures. Also....fantastic elevator decor on the second floor.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to stop if you are heading to Marco Island. Be sure to begin with the 10 minute introductory film.

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Stamford, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well cared for and beautiful facility. Knowledgeable volunteers are there with information on the displays. We learned about ma tees and many toner sea creatures. The inside exhibits are well thought out and informative. Via a bridge over one estuary we had a walking four a d learned about the flora a d fauna. We also saw raccoons and a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Be sure to start with the short introductory video. Enjoy the exhibits then walk a couple of the outdoor trails. Check the times that a naturalist will be on the trails. We got to talk with one of them during our walk and learned a lot about the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Easy in and out visit for my children. No pressure to buy or pay for things. Learned about Manatees and efforts to keep them safe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

small admission fee, staff and guides to help and explain exhibits, nature trails, bridge over a river,( we watched a manatee from the bridge) Nice place to have a picnic. Theater showing nature film .

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Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed learning and seeing what an estuary is. The volunteers are passionate and are kind and patient. The touch tank volunteer was exceptional! Great for all ages but extremely economical for a family !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Rookery is a research and educational center right off of US 41 on the way to Marco Island. With an information center, videos and those who will answer your questions, walking paths through a serene area, and even activities directed toward children, it is a place to go. Also, it helps in supporting the research and promotion of saving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The center is a beautiful building with touch tanks and gallery.. the upstairs is fun for kids and great rocking chairs to enjoy the view. Walking the trails was great for nature photography! I had most of the trail to myself. Enjoyed the 2 hours I spent here

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were disappointed in the lack of birds and mammals seen but realize that we visited midday. But the docents were OUTSTANDING. The visitor center was staffed with knowledgeable, helpful docents that gave concise descriptions of the various exhibits and answered all questions. I especially appreciated the superb taxidermy work making the mammals very lifelike.

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