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“Great free boat tour of back water inlets.”

Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Ranked #14 of 126 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 14, 2012

These are nice people trying to do what they can to help the environment. They save birds, animals, anything hurt, and do a better job than the humane society. This tells you something. Now for a family, go take the boat right, it is free and really wonderful. A 40 minute guided ride around inlets on solar boats...nice...

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barbarawilson718, Director oif Marketing at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2012

Thank you for the kind words about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. We are undergoing $20 million in renovations and will offer a full 21-acre experience. We plan to open to the public in early November and encourage everybody to view all the latest information on our website. Admission is free for Conservancy members year-round. The Conservancy Nature Center showcases the unique southwest Florida environment, the work we do to protect it and to inspire others to take action. The Nature Center is just one facet of how we utilize the combined synergies of environmental education, policy, science and wildlife rehabilitation to protect our water, land and wildlife.

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Reviewed June 19, 2012

They are very active in trying to conserve SW FL habitats. Their wildlife rehab center is wonderful although it cannot be visited. There is a current renovation going on but hopefully it should be completed by the Fall when you will be able to see some of the areas where the rehabbed animals stay while they are getting well. The Conservancy is active in trying to release rehabbed wild life back into the wild.

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Management response:Responded June 21, 2012

Thanks you very much for your kind words about the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. You are correct in noting that once we reopen, guests will be able to view orphaned and sick animals in the nursery through one-way glass. We look forward to opening in phases throughout the balance of 2013 and 2013. Once completed, the Conservancy Nature Center will be a 21 acre experience for visitors of all ages. Our website will always contain the latest opening information.

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Went to the Beatle concert and it was an excellent night ... music was great and the food was reasonably priced....more concerts please :)

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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Favorite is the informative boat ride. Love supporting this place from their Butterfly garden to indoor exhibits.

Not really for small children.

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barbarawilson718, Director of Marketing and Communications at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2012

Thanks you very much for your endorsement of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. While we are stilll currently closed for major renovations, we look forward to opening in phases throughout the balance of 2013 and 2013. Once completed, the Conservancy Nature Center will be a 21 acre experience for visitors of all ages. Our website will always contain the latest opening information.

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Reviewed April 24, 2012

I am so greatful they are there..I find injured animals and bring them there They educate the children with out boring them

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barbarawilson718, Director of Marketing and Communications at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2012

Thank you so much for caring about our wildlife. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Wildife Clinic is open even though the Nature Center is undergoing renovations. We appreciate the kind words about the work we do.

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