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“A day out with my youngest”

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.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

I took my youngest son age 4 to the Conservancy today. He loved to explore the discovery center! We had to go through it 3 times while we were there. We only did part of the nature trail since it started to thunder out. It was a nice trail but typical Summer weather. Unfortuantly we arrived too late to see the animal hospital (closes at 1:00). We did enjoy the bird pool with the pelicans and other types of birds. Everyone who works there is very nice! It's always pleasant to be around great people. I will be retuning another day with both of my boys ages 4 and 7. Something for all ages!

Thank Kate J
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barbarawilson718, Director of Marketing and Communications at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2013

Thank you for visitng Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. We are glad you had a great time - despite the summer rain! We look forward to seeing you again. I will pass along your kind words to our Nature Center staff and volunteers.

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

A great place to take the kids on a quiet, calm boat tour...an animal hospital on premises, pelicans and other birds on the mend, staff talks about and shows you snakes. Very informative group of folks that work here!

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

It's astounding that you are in the middle of a city!! It is very educational and interesting, especially to someone that isn't from Florida. We loved the electric boat ride and the animal hospital. It is the first place on our list to take visitors

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barbarawilson718, Director of Marketing and Communicaitons at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2013

Thanks for sharing your awesome experience with others! I will be sure to pass along your kudos to the Nature Center team and volunteers who work very hard to provide an excellent guest experience.

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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.

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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.

Thank L C
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