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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Kingswinford, United Kingdom
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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

The centre is excellent, with many high quality visual and interactive displays. Also connected to a good boardwalk that went over the water then through the bush, with a good observation platform halfway. We had hoped to go on a guided tour, but were told we were out of season and all such had stopped. Agreed demand would have fallen... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Is an interesting place for families, not so much for adventurous. Has a nice little theatre, some indoor pools with local fish, a small museum, mother who could walk the platform and trail walk sat through a discussion presentation she enjoyed with a small group. It was perfect for the day with older parents they had a nice time. Watched... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

I stopped to see what they offered, took a walk on the nature trail and then ended up staying for a nature talk about snakes. I didn't really think I'd find a talk about snakes that interesting and I assumed their presenter was some retired volunteer who would give a general talk about Florida's snakes. Wrong! This guy was a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

I went because i have driven past it for years while staying at Marco Island. I went at 10:30 it was very hot walking the nature path. Not much to see except undisturbed trees. I was surprised at how many ever green trees there were. The out cove to the river was cooler to sit and watch fish. But i... More 

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