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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
Phone Number: +1 239-262-0304
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center...

As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center has recently completed a $20 million renovation which offers abundant learning opportunities, special activities such as camps for children, and other unique programming and events and is designated as Site #69 on the "Great Florida Birding Trail". In addition to the new entrance, Smith Preserve Way, just south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road, new features include the Dalton Discovery Center, von Arx Wildlife Hospital nursery viewing area, Windfeldt Shorebird Pool, Shotwell Wavering Filter Marsh, Christopher B. SmithPreserve, Eaton Conservation Hall with Jeannie Meg Smith Theater, electric boat rides up the Gordon River from the Allyn Family Dock and Lagoon, and Ferguson Learning Lab. Kayak rentals and excursions are available for a fee. No visit is complete without a visit to the Bradley Nature Store to select from nature-inspired gifts, toys, jewelry, t-shirts, hats, art and cards. Other Conservancy Nature Center features include a live sea turtle display and touch tank. Electric boat ride schedule changes seasonally and are subject to weather and tide conditions. Open Mon. - Sun., 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. $12.95 Adults; $8.95 Ages 3-12. Offsite Adventures are offered during season (generally December - April,) the Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers various nature tours: *Good Fortune II Pontoon Boat Cruise through Rookery Bay estuary. * Free Nature walks at Brigg's Boardwalk, Clam Pass and Tigertail beach.

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If you want guaranteed wildlife, visit the zoo next door.

We visited midweek in July - hot as all get out. Took the boat ride, there were no manatee in the lagoon. The trip through the mangroves was pretty cool, we learned quite a bit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited midweek in July - hot as all get out. Took the boat ride, there were no manatee in the lagoon. The trip through the mangroves was pretty cool, we learned quite a bit about the mangroves from our guide. But we didn't see much wildlife. Once you get out of the mangroves, there is ALOT of development happening... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Last time we visited was 12 years ago - what a change, new buildings fantastic animal hospital and the same ethos as before - protection of the ecosystem through education, lots of fun things to do and a lovely boat ride on electric boats for about 45 minutes. Volunteers very friendly and knowledgable, and staff very enthusiastic and willing to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived after a trip farther south that left something to be desired. We paid the price of entry only to be disappointed again. The only good part was the boat ride although it seemed short. The hospital was very disappointing as we expected to be able to view more than just the nursery and only 2 incubators at that,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great place for learning about the ecosystem of Southwest Florida. It was 12.95 for me, and my two boys (3 and 8) got in for free. They got to do a craft, go on a boat tour for 45 min, and see some animal exhibits, even touch some live sea creatures... All for free with my admission! It... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place. There is a coupon for free kids admission with paying adult on their website. Print before you go and kids will be free. We came on a weekday. I would recommend going on a Saturday during the summer months, as more than half of the place was closed to visitors when we arrived due to private tours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to visit, and the admission fee helps maintain and support a worthwhile conservation organization. Included with admission is an electric boat ride through the mangroves and the Gordon River. Take a walk along the lagoon through the butterfly garden. Then, especially if you have children, visit the small museum with many hands-on exhibits, including a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

I had expected to see more animals that have been rehabilitated so I was a little disappointed but what we did see what fabulous. The highlight was the boat tour. Our tour guide was awesome and our 11 year old twins could recite almost everything he said when we quizzed them the next day. He was clearly passionate about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Beautiful walk in nature yet very convenient. Lots of Florida wild life especially birds. A wonderful resource for tourists on a limited budget

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I had the pleasure of visiting the Conservancy of SW Florida's new home for birds and wildlife. I toured the Von Arx hospital and watched as baby opposums were fed by staff, I watched "Rosie" the teenage sea turtle that was there in aquarium for rehab and soon to be released this year. I heard a very interesting presentation about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We had a young couple and their three year old visiting so as an activity we took them to the Conservancy. The kid had a ball and his parents did too. The adults especially enjoyed the electric boat ride through the mangroves and a long canal with an informative narration by our volunteer boat captain. Coming back we circled a... More 

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