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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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1495 Smith Preserve Way, Admission Cost, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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If you find injured wild animals then bring them to the Cnservancy

The Conservancy of SW Florida is located next to the Naples Zoo. There is an animal hospital for... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gerry W
Lunch Eco Cruise in Rookery Bay

Outstanding cruise through Rookery Bay and had a great lunch stop at Pelican Bend Restaurant on the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jack H
Bonita Springs, Florida
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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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1495 Smith Preserve Way, Admission Cost, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Conservancy of SW Florida is located next to the Naples Zoo. There is an animal hospital for wild animals. Call them for help if you find an injured wild animal! Phone: (239) 262-0304

Thank Gerry W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding cruise through Rookery Bay and had a great lunch stop at Pelican Bend Restaurant on the Isle of Capri. Beautiful day on the water. Lots of birds.

Thank Jack H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Conservancy is just the right size for a morning or afternoon outing for young children. The discovery center has hands on exhibits and a small water tank for touching live sea creatures. We didn't have time for the boat ride so it is best...More

Thank PPSTraveler
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Between the boat ride with a very knowledgeable guide and the tours of the “hospital” and the eco system display, it is well worth the time to go with children..even adults learn lots of things!!!!

Thank HikerNonni
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

This would be a great place to be introduced to kayaking. Our docent, JoAnn could not have been any more helpful. She was well versed in the plants And water. Easy kayaking close to Naples

Thank Mims M
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Perfect place for little ones to visit! The Southwest Florida Conservatory is a wonderful venue for children to visit and learn about local wildlife. Often hands on presentations allow children and adults to enter act with the animals and birds.

1  Thank foxie4
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Attractive facility, includes hospital for injured wild animals. Beautiful setting next to Zoo. Informative lectures.

1  Thank Clay W
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The Conservancy has exhibits and docents that have a wide range of appeal. The boat ride through the mangroves out to the Gordon River is a highlight for everyone!

Thank Teddy B
Reviewed 9 August 2017

You can visit the Discovery Center where you can walk through all the habitats in SWFL and see the sea turtle. My grandchildren love the touch tank with horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, whelks and more. There are electric boat rides down the headwaters of Naples...More

Thank Judith M H
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

We drove 2 hours to spend a perfect day in Naples :) i found this place online and i known we have to see it. It was so wonderful :) we realy wanted to to boat ride so we checked weather! Boat will not go...More

1  Thank Paulina S
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Questions & Answers
Paulina S
26 July 2017|
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Response from GregWConservancy | Property representative |
Hi, Paulina. Yes, the electric boats are available every day we are open from 10 am to 3 pm. Thanks for writing!
Keren L
22 October 2016|
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Response from Andrew P | Reviewed this property |
Call the Conservancy. They will know who can help
17 June 2015|
Response from LLEWELLYN W | Reviewed this property |
I suggest that you contact the Conservancy of SW Florida directly for those answers.