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Shell Factory & Nature Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!"
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Sevierville, Tennessee
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66 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“1st Timer Family Visiting”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

This was my first time visiting with my own family.
I grew up in FL and often visited here when i was little, so i wanted my children to experience it.
It was very disappointing for my entire family which made the best out of it.
Thank god i had only purchased the tickets thru Groupon for the Zoo and Putt-putt.
Their Animals were poorly kept in the Extremely HOT weather for FL within cages.
After the Zoo we were not going to attempt to do the Putt-putt so we went into the Air-conditioning.
The gaming area needs updated to the times but the animal displays were unique!
Zip-lining was not worth my kids doing at all since it was only 1 line for $9.00.
This is in FL where there is a abundant supply of shells no matter what beach you go too.
Yes they have a large selection of X-LARGE shells but not worth what they are asking!
Most of the stuff they have in the gift shop is NOT so unique you can't find in other gift shops.
The Christmas Store Section area WOW....VERY OUT DATED!
Maybe they need to look into some decor and display ideas to better the look of the products!
They do have bumper Boats and restaurants that we did not take a chance with.
We will never visit here again, so be aware before you go!
VERY OUT DATED FOR THE TIMES!!!

Visited July 2014
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Cape Coral, Florida
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“Fun Fun Fun And inexpensive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is a great place for kids and adults. Very relaxing nature trail. Very reasonable and has a lil bit of everything. We used coupons to save. There are so many places to go in Lee county that break you. This is not one of them. If your looking for a nice day for the young or old I say go here. We are glad we did !

Visited July 2014
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

We visited for the 1st time after hearing others visit. Good thing we did not purchase tickets ahead of time, as all boats were closed due to water maintenance. The ticket lady said they were honoring tickets for that on a future date. Can't imagine if someone did not live nearby! We had to buy zip line tickets at the bar. How weird is that? $8.50 for 1 zip line ride. We did nothing else but leave. Stores looked run down from the outside. Bumper and paddle boats were closed. Zoo seemed dumb to my kids as it advertised dinosaurs... um, right. Glad we did not purchase tickets online. They had fun on their 20 second zip line ride and that was it. What a waste.

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Don't waste your time.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is the classic tourist trap. The "shell factory" is a huge warehouse full of Floridian nick-nacks. The "nature park" is a small outdoor zoo. Do not buy the alligator food, because the fish just eats the food and the alligators do not care. They also have a run down paddle boats (which were filled with ants) an old firetruck and cars to take photos with.
We went with my 3 year old niece. She looks at everything with bright eyes, but she whizzed right through this place.

Visited May 2014
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Loveland
1 review
“Terrible visit”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

We would not recommend a visit to The Shell Factory. Below average facility. Drunk couple still being served beer at the mini-golf course. Not worth the stop or the $$$$. The only thing we enjoyed were the birds in the nature park.

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