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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500 square-foot facility with four research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitor center. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including 2,300-gallon aquarium and NEW Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit and other displays addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the Reserve, as well as a nature store, gallery and picnic area. Guided boat and kayak tours offered seasonally provide educational experiences while enjoying this special place. Check our website to see information about our tours.
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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

We took a visitor to see the Rookery and had a fun time. The person that gave us the tour, Carl, made a very interesting tour very informative.

Thank luv2bgone_2
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

What an amazing way to start the day with the kayaking tour at Rookery Bay, Randy and Walt our tour guides were very knowledgeable, informative and fun to spend 2 hours kayaking thru the Rookery Bay Reserve. Definitely go experience this, they offer tours Monday...More

1  Thank yogajane07
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We had a lot of fun in this little museum. Lots of interesting facts and displays. One warning, If you do any of the walking paths, you really need long pants, closed shoes and bug spray. The ants are crazy!

1  Thank Scubachick59
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We were greeted at the door and they explained the different directions we could go and there was to see. Can't beat the price of $5 to get in! The short video is a must to really understand the reserve. A nice walking path(s). You...More

Thank Sue D
Reviewed 1 April 2017

This was our second time here and this time the touch take exhibit was not open. There was nothing in the tanks and they had them covered. So we really missed that experience as that was the highlight on our previous visit. Jeanne Jones at...More

1  Thank dshendri
Reviewed 1 April 2017

This guided kayak tour is educational and fun while also offering a great day on the water. Randy is an awesome guide and shares insight into the mysteries beneath the mangroves. It's worth doing if you have the time.

Thank moonchick
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Spent several hours at the Reserve. Watched the video and a local art show did have photographs exhibiting at the Reserve. Walked around some and then did a walking guided tour with Don the Docent. He was very good at his job. Very knowledgeable and...More

Thank Popeyebird
Reviewed 30 March 2017

It's worth watching the 10" video to learn about the place. You can also rent a canoe or kayak to go on the river. It's next to the 10 Thousand Islands area. There's some easy walkways but we didn't see much at the time we...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 17 March 2017

My kids are 8 and 10 and really enjoyed their visit. The staff is excellent, and it's very educational but also presented in a fun way. The kids loved the aquariums, the exhibits, and the nature walk. It was well worth the very modest entrance...More

Thank Mary6404
Reviewed 8 March 2017

The education center has lots for both young and old to see and learn about our estuarine areas. many interesting exhibits, an aquarium of mangrove fish, the little kids can even climb under it! They show very good educational movies in their small theater, and...More

Thank catenaples
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Sue D
What is the cost of your kayaking tour please?
22 March 2017|
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Response from Katherine D | Reviewed this property |
Call the center. Reviewers don't have all the answers.
Tina P
Hours for touch tank?
14 February 2017|
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Response from RookeryBayReserve | Property representative |
Thanks for your question. In February, our touch tank is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This might change slightly in March, but you can find the "daily programs calendar" at our website. We are currently building... More
Christopher K
Can you bring/use paddle boards to enjoy the waterways?
19 January 2017|
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Response from RookeryBayReserve | Property representative |
Sorry we did not respond to this inquiry sooner - Steve G.s response is accurate. Be aware that there is no launch site at the Environmental Learning Center however, purchase of our guided tours includes admission to the... More