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“The kids love it here. And so do we.”

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Ranked #16 of 133 things to do in Naples
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Owner description: The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500 square-foot facility with four research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitor center. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including 2,300-gallon aquarium and NEW Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit and other displays addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the Reserve, as well as a nature store, gallery and picnic area. Guided boat and kayak tours offered seasonally provide educational experiences while enjoying this special place. Check our website to see information about our tours.
Reviewed February 14, 2012

There aren't a whole lot of things for kids to do when it's not beach or pool weather, but Rookery Bay is a great place to go for a few hours (even without kids). There's lots to see and experience, and you'll walk away with a much deeper appreciation of the ecosystem that surrounds Marco Island and Naples. The next time the kids go to the beach, they see things a little differently.

Thank MikeOfBoston
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

This is worth the visit, you can spend a morning and not spend a fortune. In fact, make time for it and you can learn and enjoy the area a whole lot more after your visit to Rookery Bay.

Thank KyLady1
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

A visit to the nature carter is very instructive and enjoyable. Tours are excellent and we found our grandchildren did not want to leave. As adults we learned a lot about our locale. There are boat tours with lecturers on board, kayak rentals w and w/o guides (book early!!) and remember there are 2 sites. See website for details.

Thank ohgeorge
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

We went to walk their outside trail and found it was in poor condition with nothing of interest to see. The inside stuff was a somewhat interesting activity to do on a rainy day but look for discount coupon off the $5 charge.

Thank Jim620
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

I liked the tranquility of Rookery Bay. Taking two very active kids was not a great idea. They were bored.

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