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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
Phone Number: +1 239-530-5940
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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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been going to naples for over 10 years and always wondered about rookery bay...glad we made the stop this time. very informative and great volunteers as well. we caught some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Palos Heights, Illinois
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Palos Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

been going to naples for over 10 years and always wondered about rookery bay...glad we made the stop this time. very informative and great volunteers as well. we caught some weather...very hot and then poured so we did not venture out as much as we had hoped but nonetheless had a great time. always saw the sign as we drove... More 

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rookery bay is a place to take your younger kids and get some valuable knowledge about Florida! We took a walk in the woods, saw different kind of trees, fish, dolphin. The big fish in the center of the display room is sooo cool! Also check out the movies they playing, very informative!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting nature event. There are inside and outside exhibits. Also walking trails. Great experience for families with children. Educational exhibits and speaker series. They also have annual memberships which allows you to visit anytime and attend the speaker sessions free. Great for family fun and education.

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Woodbine, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a neat education center. You learn about neat fish you would never know existed in the area. There's a touch tank, a small aquarium area, microscopes for the kids to look at plankton and other things up close, a replica of their research vessel for the kids to play in with lots of play crustaceans and other sea... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Inside the center was ok. There were informative areas that explained some of the objectives and history. The trails portion was horrid. The mosquitos were so prolific they could have carried you off. We all coated ourselves with some serious tropical strength repellent and had to re-apply throughout the walk. We survived the walk and returned to the center and... More 

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Kingswinford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Great moring spent at rookery bay education centre, we had a splendid walk on the nature trail, we saw a garter snake, gecko's and squirrels, sometimes you can see deer & raccoons, then relaxed & Sat by the butterfly garden, looking in to the river from the bridge we saw a couple of manatees, you could on some days also... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

I am an avid kayaker and spend a lot of time paddling in the Reserve. I find visiting the center and speaking with the volunteers educational and very informative

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Our family of 4 loves Rookery Bay! Very educated nature-loving employees who help children learn about the ecosystem of South Florida! They helped us identify a snake we saw earlier in the week! We saw baby bull sharks in the river! There is a great trail to walk and many displays to see. Check their website for special events! Very... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

A great way to spend an afternoon inside and out using the wooden walkways to see the Manatees in Rookery Bay. They have presentations occasionally on different aspects on the Florida Everglades, or how the waves in the gulf are measured. It's an interesting place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Great place to learn about the ecosystem in the area. You will be pleasantly surprised at how informative and educational it is. Walking trail and helpful staff and volunteers everywhere

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