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“A Must in Naples” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Ranked #14 of 120 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.
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“A Must in Naples”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

If you want to know about the natural Naples, this is the place to go. Nice educational and fun experiences for all ages. Boat trip is worth the price of admission. Find out about what is coming with the new additions.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Barbara R
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Naples, Florida
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97 reviews
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“Fun and Informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is newly renovated and makes learning about the area fund and interesting for both children and adults. Don't miss the boat ride!

Visited May 2014
Thank Madonna C
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Elbridge, New York
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“awesome adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

make sure you go here towards the end of the day that's when all the birds and critters are coming out to eat.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank don v
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55 reviews
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“Nice family activity”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

The tickets are not very expensive and if you live I the area and plan on going at least twice, it's better to buy the annual passes. There is a boat ride that takes you up a little canal an points out local and foreign plants. Nothing special but the driver let my boy steer the boat and he liked that. They have a small touch tank with some starfish and snails. Lots of tanks with baby alligators, snakes, turtles and fish. There are lots of shaded areas which is nice in florida where you're always in the sun. There are 2 vending machines but no food stands.

Visited March 2014
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Walpole, Massachusetts
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“A Worthy Cause”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

Although we have wintered over in Naples, Florida for a decade, we recently visited the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for the first time. We were immediately impressed with the friendliness of the greeting that we received, as well as the many interesting exhibits and activities that we were able to enjoy. When we walked down to the dock for the boat ride, we were delighted to view a mother manatee and her baby right in front of the dock. This was particularly exhilarating , because we had visited the Manatee Park in Ft. Myers the week before with zero results. Viewing the enclosure containing 15 or 20 pelicans that had been injured by nets or fishing lines and were being nursed back to health was another rewarding experience. While we had not planned to do so, the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the important work that they do convinced us to sign up and become members of the Conservancy. Their headquarters is right next to the Naples Zoo, so we can now visit two of our favorite attractions during one day trip.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank stephenrobin
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