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“My kids were bored”

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
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$79.18*
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Marco Island Kayak Eco Tour
Ranked #16 of 124 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“My kids were bored”
Reviewed June 20, 2012 via mobile

There were too many Mosquitos to walk outside. There were not very many exhibits for my 3 year old or 6 year old. The touch tank was only available on Fridays.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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“Young kids will enjoy - free on Fridays in summer”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

Plenty to do for a couple of hours - touch tank, boat replica to play in, reading area, short movie, turtle bone talk, etc. If you go on Fridays during the summer, kids are free w/paying adult ($5 for adults). Make sure you take bug spray if you want to walk around on the trails - or you will be sorry!! We had bug spray on and STILL couldn't walk the trails! On Fridays, there is even more to do for the kids. Our kids are 8, 6, and 5 and they weren't ready to leave after 2 hours.

Visited June 2012
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Naples, Florida
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“Neat preserve”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

Really nice educational center and walking paths. Wished there was more to see but had no complaints about what was available.

Visited January 2012
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Naples, Florida
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“Nice place to learn about the local mangrove habitat.”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

There is a small boardwalk through pine lands, a nature center, and boat trips through the mangroves. Nice way to see the prettiest natural marine areas of Naples.

Visited June 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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“Kayak the Glades”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

What attracted me was the thought of kayaking for the first time and doing it with a skilled guide through the Everglades. This is a beautiful park and should not be missed.

Visited April 2012
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