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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Ranked #9 of 125 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Much more than a walk-thru zoo, this historic tropical garden and nationally accredited zoo features a full day of wildlife experiences to delight guests with the natural world to inspire the conservation of our planet's remaining wild areas and their wondrous inhabitants. Discover the wonders of South America featuring a Giant anteater, Cotton-top tamarins, and more. Get wildly close to the Malayan tigers at viewing windows. Hand-feed the herd of giraffe plus enjoy your favorite animals like lions, monkeys, and bears. Naples Zoo is one of only four zoos in the nation to feature the fierce YouTube-favorites: African honey badgers. Plus discover rarely seen species including Malagasy fosas and 2 of less than 20 striped hyenas in the nation. Ask those questions you've always wondered about at the Meet the Keeper Series. Be fascinated by rare creatures during premier wildlife shows. Cruise through islands of monkeys, lemurs, and apes. Watch our professional staff hand-feed American alligators while dispelling popular myths. Snap great photos and learn the facts behind the fiction at a venomous snake talk. It's wild fun from apes to zebras. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a nonprofit organization cooperating in conservation programs both in and outside the wild for endangered species. The zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the organization that sets the highest standards for wildlife care, education, and conservation. The garden also holds accreditation by The Morton Register of Arboreta and is a member of the American Public Gardens Association.
Reviewed February 14, 2013

That's how much we like it! It's always been a good zoo with beautiful botanical gardens to boot, but improvements in the past few years have really driven it up a notch or two. The animal shows are good, the variety of animals is impressive and the layout is pleasantly walkable. Lots to do with the kids, too.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Nothing amazing and you can easily see everything in less than 2 hours. Most of the exhibits are empty or the only animal is hiding in the back and the gibbons(which are one the active species it seemed) are located on an island that can only be seen up close if you pay extra to go on the boat tour. You also have to pay extra to feed the giraffes or to ride the camel. My kid favorite part was the playground (and he usually loves animals) .

Thank Audrey B
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

From New England where there are lots of zoos and I've seen them all. I found this one to be clean, well maintained and easy to maneuver, the beautiful gardens enhanced the experience. There were lots of families with small children and the boat ride around monkey islands was fun. Strongly recommend this as a place to see while you're in the area.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Cheetahs were worth a trip. Feeding time was entertaining. Giraffe feeding--go to Tampa Lowry Zoo instead. Very little interaction with animals here. At the Sarasota Jungle Zoo I got to hold an alligator and snake, and feed flamingos from my hand--that's what I like about small zoos. None of that fun here. Seems that there is an over-emphasis on safety, and under-emphasis on fun. For me this zoo needs a specialty to set it apart from all the other zoos. Maybe it's a petting zoo. Maybe it's shows. At Lowry, the camel ride is better, the giraffes are closer for feeding, I even fed a rhino one visit--really. So after much thought, suggest this zoo send out a committee to see what the competition is doing. And as a last suggestion, don't miss the Sarasota Jungle Gardens as a substitute experience.

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We had always driven by the signs for the zoo. This time we decided to stop and visit. Entrance fees were $20/person but with AAA, it came down to $35. It's a diamond in the rough, except its not rough and is located in one of the best places in SWFLORIDA . It's not a crowded place like SeaWorld or Busch Gardens. Maybe has more in common with old Cypress Gardens. The flora & fauna is wonderful. Walking paths are easy to do and it has lots of shade. Had to imagine you are taking a stroll thru a zoo. This zoo is more about quality than quantity of animals. I salute Naples for voting to keep this gem rather than tearing it down and selling it to developers like many a community has done in past years.

Thank travelingterry53
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