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Shell Factory & Nature Park

#1 of 20 things to do in North Fort Myers Features Animals
2787 N Tamiami Trl, North Fort Myers, FL 33903-2213
+1 239-995-2141
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This was roadside stop, a lot of what the others reviews say is correct. It is an outdated and not... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Michelle n
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Fun and interesting, great eatery adjoining

I been here many times and always enjoy it. So much to see and a lot of it is free. This trip we... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tom G
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SW Florida's #1 Family Destination! Spend the day with us! Offering shopping for everyone featuring everything from Shells, Coral, Sea Life, Christmas Collectibles, Fine Jewelry & Shell Jewelry,Shell Art & the perfect Gift for that someone special,The Beach Shack-Beach clothing and toys,Betty Boop Cafe',The Game Room with live crab races daily! 3 Museums with FREE ADMISSION! Take a ride on the THE SOARING EAGLE ZIP LINE! $8.50 PP INCLUDES TAX! Stroll The Nature Park with Petty Farm, touch center and see live gators plus much more! Have a blast at The Fun Park with Paddle Boats,Mini Golf, trampolines plus much more! Doggy Heaven Park, Home of The SW Florida Weiner Dogs & Suncoast Dock Dogs-bring your pet! Have lunch or dinner at Capt'n Fishbones Restaurant (open until 8pm) featuring AYCE Fish Fry! Inquire about holding your next function with us, from small birthday parties to large conferences! "There's Always Something Happening Here!"
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good33%
  • Average21%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“zip line” (101 reviews)
“bumper boats” (71 reviews)
“gift shop” (91 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
2787 N Tamiami Trl, North Fort Myers, FL 33903-2213
+1 239-995-2141
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was roadside stop, a lot of what the others reviews say is correct. It is an outdated and not really much more than a roadside tourist trap for souvenirs. Everyone was very kind there. My young daughter (age 5) was excited about looking at...More

Thank Michelle n
Reviewed 4 days ago

I been here many times and always enjoy it. So much to see and a lot of it is free. This trip we purchased many shells, etc for a project. There is a very large assortment and much to pick from. The main review is...More

Thank Tom G
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited Shell Factory and reminisced about my first trip there almost 35 years ago. Loved looking at all the shells on display, and fossils. Room after room of unique displays. An entire safari of mounted animals. A game room. A Christmas area like a scaled-down...More

Thank MMA48080
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well, we haven't been for quite a while and it will probably be a long time before we go back! Hate to give an old established business a bad review but it's past it's prime! I'm a shelter and was very disappointed in the displays....More

Thank Sheila L
Reviewed 5 days ago

I went to the Shell Factory years ago and it was well maintained and a friendly place with knowledgeable staff BUT... today when I took my kids for a visit it was DISTURBING! It smelled terrible, everything was overgrown and not maintained, I found mold...More

Thank Paula638
Reviewed 5 days ago

Tourist trap heaven with anything nautical you can think of to buy, Christmas decorations anytime, toys, pirate gear, shells and on and on. Anyone visiting us with kids we take there. Oh, ice cream is great and attractions as well. Kids love looking at all...More

Thank russpei
Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought this would be a good place to take my grandkids while we were on vacation. The gift shop building was old and musty, but strangely quirky. It was very large so we were able to waste some time going through it. Outside, nothing...More

Thank nxt2nature
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I saw allot of nice things in the Shell Factory store, but a little overpriced.However, I was very impressed with the Nature Park! Went with friends and was told that all the animals were rescue animals from the area.They have everything from alligators to zebras!...More

Thank Barry N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took our two Grandkids to Shell Factory for a mid-week activity. They enjoyed playing on the trampoline. They were going to try the zip line but it started to rain. They also have a nature park with a stated "400 critters". Did I say it...More

Thank Ready_For_Sun10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a little bit of everything but mostly tourist junk! It was a rainy day so we went to have something to do - only to the "shell" building - not the many other things which I think included a restaurant, rides, zoo?...More

1  Thank rmgilliard
Sandra L, gm assistant at Shell Factory & Nature Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to visit and write a review. Our "stuffed" animals were all donated to us years ago by Johnnie Johnson's family. Rest assured we did not do this to the animals, however we did promise his family we would house...More

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Philip S
Are the shells that are for sale real or manufactured?
24 June 2017|
Response from Denver L | Reviewed this property |
Both, it depends on what you buy. There is plenty to choose from. The real ones are so good they look manufactured ! Gator heads, conchs,spirals, and just about everything else. The stuffed wild animals I helped move in... More
Is my 4 y.o allowed on zipline? He weighs 55 lbs and was allowed on splash mountain and thunder mountain in disney. So 40 inches
17 May 2017|
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Response from annelouise53 | Reviewed this property |
not sure. I would call them. 4 years old seems a little young but that could just be me.
Hi! My family is planning a trip to fort myers area and have some questions. How many people fit on a bumper boat? Also, would one adult and two preschool aged children be able to go on one? How many people fit on one paddle boat? Approx how much is the food for the animals? My kids would love to see the animals but they would also want to feed them. Thank you in advance!
22 April 2017|
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Response from Melissa A | Reviewed this property |
The Bumper boats I think would fit one adult and 2 preschool children! The only animals you are allowed to feed is those in the petting zoo! Food at the Shell factory is not very expensive at all.