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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
Phone Number: +1 239-262-0304
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center...

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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well worth a visit

The Electric boat trip was the highlight, also saw a rescued baby racoon and a hawk. Volunteers will tell u all about the excellent work done here.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bolton, England, United Kingdom
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Bolton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Electric boat trip was the highlight, also saw a rescued baby racoon and a hawk. Volunteers will tell u all about the excellent work done here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good work is done at the conservancy. Teaching, informing, doctoring sick animals, advocating and providing a relaxing place to enjoy nature. The tide may be low and cause you to wait for the boat tour, but it is worth the wait. The tour is included with the admission. We decided to become members to support the work being done for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful electric boat tours focused on the ecology of the mangroves on the Gordon River! A side of FL tourists can overlook. Great environmental museum, touch tank kids love, wild life rehabilitation center that took in over 3200 native animals last year. Extras: movies, other boat tours, lectures by staff research scientists. Outstanding!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a little treasure in Naples! This place is full of volunteers who love to share their wealth of information with others. We were able to see a baby raccoon in the animal hospital. My favorite part was the 45 minute boat ride which was free with admission. I was able to take pictures of several different kinds of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to learn about Florida's wildlife. While we were there we were able to see a baby raccoon in the animal hospital. All of the employees were very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. The best thing was the boat ride down the waterway and we were able to see so many different kinds of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice overview of wildlife in Southern Florida. Run by a large number of volunteers, some of them former schoolteachers with a lot of knowledge. Boat tour is included in the admission ( approx 13 USD).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the boat ride in the afternoon with Captain Toby. It was 45 minutes of fun eco education in the heart of Naples thru the Gordon River and Golden Gate Canal. The C is a hidden gem that does so much to keep our Florida environment and creatures protected and cared for and also has an interesting and impressive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a very informative electric boat ride. Saw a baby raccoon in nursery. Went through a wonderful new exhibit explaining the different ecosystems. Everywhere we went there was a very knowledgeable staff person to help us and to show us around. We highly recommend this place for all ages. They have hands-on activities for young children as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Came over to naples for my anniversary. Looking to spend some time checking out local places. People are very informative there. Excellent for kids. Lots to see and a touch tank. Price is fair at 12.50 per person.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

My husband and I wanted something to do besides go shopping, and this was a great way to spend a few hours. We took the boat ride and enjoyed hearing about the area and seeing the foliage and wildlife in the area. We didn't spend much time in the museum, but it was well laid out with attractive and informative... More 

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