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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

#13 of 124 things to do in Naples Features Animals
1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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Educational Experience

I really enjoyed the electric boat ride down the Gordon River! The boat driver was very... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
A must visit for animal lovers

Next door to the famous Naples zoo this is a touching area which helps all animals in need. They... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2017
Naples, Florida
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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.
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

I really enjoyed the electric boat ride down the Gordon River! The boat driver was very knowledgeable and shared interesting facts the entire time. There were 8 people total on the boat ride. We did see a variety of different birds. There is a nice...More

Thank sarah_locke94
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Next door to the famous Naples zoo this is a touching area which helps all animals in need. They refuse no living thing- birds, turtles which were hit by cars, any others which most areas would euthanized. Beautiful grounds, free guided tours, visits to the...More

Thank robertrH1816YR
Reviewed 2 February 2017

A wonderful expansion was done with the Conservancy. I for one never knew it was back there ( next to the Naples Zoo). Now, there is an opportunity to see the work being done for rescue birds. There is a boat tour which was pleasant...More

Thank bluize
Reviewed 1 February 2017

My friendship group visited one afternoon in January; we all enjoyed several tour guides' knowledgeable explanations, along with a comfortable, covered boat ride, short walks between buildings, and a short film, as well as historical and live exhibits. Handicapped ramps and seating at all displays...More

Thank MSFL123
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We have visited here a few times when we have guests in town. Always a very enjoyable experience. A great way to learn about the nature environment of the Everglades.

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 20 January 2017

We attended the nature walk and talk at Tigertail Beach on Marco Island on Friday. They do this every Friday at 830am-1030. This was our third time to go on this, we go every year when here on vacation. Elsa was the naturalist today and...More

Thank dshendri
Reviewed 9 January 2017

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is amazing. The facilities are great and have areas to walk and educational resources and displays indoors. They have a wildlife hospital that rescues animals and returns them to nature, where they should be, and they have a scientific facility...More

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

It is an educational stop, with craft area for kids to color and play around. Nice trail and they offer a boat ride around in the water way.

Thank GlkWT
Reviewed 1 January 2017

this is a educational venue. They are saving our water and animals. The electric boat ride thru mangroves is very nice

Thank slawson69
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

A one time visit was ok but there wasn't much to really do here. It is good what they are doing with regards to conservation so I don't want to discourage others from going. The boat trip was good and I did learn quite a...More

Thank Elizabeth J
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Questions & Answers
Paulina S
26 July 2017|
Response from GregWConservancy | Property representative |
Hi, Paulina. Yes, the electric boats are available every day we are open from 10 am to 3 pm. Thanks for writing!
Keren L
22 October 2016|
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Response from Andrew P | Reviewed this property |
Call the Conservancy. They will know who can help
17 June 2015|
Response from LLEWELLYN W | Reviewed this property |
I suggest that you contact the Conservancy of SW Florida directly for those answers.