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Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Ranked #14 of 124 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.
Williamsburg, Virginia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“EcoFriendly”
Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyable experience and better balanced than most Eco-oriented attractions, some of which can be a bit bombastic. Boat tour was relaxing and enjoyable. Butterfly Trail had more ornental than real ones when we visited.

Visited May 2013
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Naples, Florida
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Relaxing and Educational”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

We attended the Conservancy's grand reopening, and were amazed at the improvements! From the gopher tortoise habitat, to the animal hospital, and the boat ride, it was all good. It's wonderful to see how many people care about the local ecology and are making a difference with their hard work. I agree with other reviewers -- pair this with the Naples Zoo. And if you're a local, support them and become a member and/or volunteer.

Visited April 2013
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Pepper Pike, Ohio
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A wonderful place; perfect pairing with Naples Zoo”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Nice facility; boat ride is relaxing and has informative pilot. Its interesting to see their rehabilitation work close-up. Location is just down the road from the zoo and provides a different, complimentary experience.

Visited May 2013
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Shelby, Michigan, United States
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Another visit...another plus”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

The new facility is really great...this visit there were manatees in the boat basin and I saw an eagle too. When you get near nature, you never know what to expect.

Visited April 2013
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RI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Must Visit”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

The new facility is really nice and well plannned. Enjoyed the boat ride and in particular the trainner who showed us the birds at the pavillion.

Visited May 2013
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barbarawilson718, Director of Marketing and Communications at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Thank you for visiting and writing a good review. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit.
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