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“Learn about the Everglades”

Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Ranked #15 of 132 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 February 27, 2013

There is not a whole lot to do or see,but the boat ride is nice and there is an interesting display about the Everglades. Volunteers provide most of the information and they are sincere in their interest. Our guide, Hannah, provided us with all kinds of info on Florida plants and wildlife.

Thank hblanke
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barbarawilson718, Director of Marketing and Communication at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

We look forward to you coming to visit again when everything is completed.

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Nice place to bring the kids for a day event. Lots for them to see and do. We went kayaking from there. Very nice. Can also take a boat trip.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Boat ride was especially nice. It is also free. The boat is electric powered so it makes no noise as it moves through the mangroves. Captain also gives gives.an informative lecture.

Other actives require membership. These include a lecture on the work of the associated wild animal hospital followed by a brief tour. Nature trails are also available. They are rather short, perhaps tailored for young children. Their is also a nice "discovery" center with a tank to touch and handle sea creatures.

Good for a family outing with young children.

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barbarawilson718, Director of Marketing and Communications at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

Thanks for the kind words about your visit here. We are very happy you enjoyed your expereince.
Members always get in for free and can enjoy the full 21-acre expereince here. The general public is also i nvited to vist and enjoy the full 21-acre expereince, including the boat rides, nursery viewing at the Widlife Hospital, Discovery Center and all educational programs throughout the day. Adult admission is only $12.95 and children 12 and under are $8.95 (free under age three.) Please visit our website for all the expereinces you can enjoy at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

The adventure house where you get a history of Florida and some hands-on with sea creatures was wonderful. Boat ride was very good.

Thank 597RoyW
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barbarawilson718, Director of Marketing and Communications at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2013

We are very happy you enjoyed your visit here, especially in the Dalton Discovery Center with its sea creature touch tank and the live juvenile loggerhead sea turtle. Please come visit us again soon.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

It is a beautiful and wonderful place to visit. It is tranquil and scenic;would recommend it to everyone. I've been there a few times and love it each time!

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barbarawilson718, Director of Marketing at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2013

We are very pleased you enjoyed your visit and rated Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center as a "must do" when in Naples, FL. Thank you.

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