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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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A GEM

What a wonderful place. We thought we would only be here an hour, spent 3 hours exploring and... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
cindi m
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Cocoa, Florida
awesome for nature lovers

a great experience ...so much to see....the wild animal recuse hospital , the learning center ,the... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Bill S
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Toledo, Ohio
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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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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

What a wonderful place. We thought we would only be here an hour, spent 3 hours exploring and enjoying. The staff is so very conscious of water conservation, so important to FL. Enjoyed all the "shows", a great boat ride on the river and a...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2017

a great experience ...so much to see....the wild animal recuse hospital , the learning center ,the boat ride.....wow....The boat ride was awesome...a small (8 people) electric boat with our tour guide (thank you Doctor)...into some of the channels and waterways....very knowledgeable , just a lovely...More

Thank Bill S
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great place to bring the family. A variety of nature programs. Fantastic narrated boat ride on the Gordon River. the captain explains the importance of the mangroves. You might even get to see a manatee! There is a viewing tank with native fish and a...More

Thank bbr1440
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Pleasurable Visit, Educational too! Many exhibits with interesting things for children and adults of all ages. The electric boat ride on the Gordon river was the high point. We were impressed throughout the visit, and especially the knowledgable volunteers working there.

Thank JR115
Reviewed 14 February 2017

As I am into conservation especially in this area I personally love this conservancy. A great place to bring children!! We have brought many turtles we have found as well as some birds who have been hurt to the conservancy where they nurse them back...More

Thank Inasue
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We attended two events: Raptor and Reptile discussions. We also took the electric boat ride and saw lots of birds, including two Yellow Crested Night Herons that we had not seen before. The Raptor docent fed a Yellow Tailed Hawk and weighed it. She also...More

Thank RochesterDoug
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I really enjoyed the electric boat ride down the Gordon River! The boat driver was very knowledgeable and shared interesting facts the entire time. There were 8 people total on the boat ride. We did see a variety of different birds. There is a nice...More

Thank sarah_locke94
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Next door to the famous Naples zoo this is a touching area which helps all animals in need. They refuse no living thing- birds, turtles which were hit by cars, any others which most areas would euthanized. Beautiful grounds, free guided tours, visits to the...More

Thank robertrH1816YR
Reviewed 2 February 2017

A wonderful expansion was done with the Conservancy. I for one never knew it was back there ( next to the Naples Zoo). Now, there is an opportunity to see the work being done for rescue birds. There is a boat tour which was pleasant...More

Thank bluize
Reviewed 1 February 2017

My friendship group visited one afternoon in January; we all enjoyed several tour guides' knowledgeable explanations, along with a comfortable, covered boat ride, short walks between buildings, and a short film, as well as historical and live exhibits. Handicapped ramps and seating at all displays...More

Thank MSFL123
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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!
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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
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IrishPatMalaga
17 June 2015|
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Response from LLEWELLYN W | Reviewed this property |
I suggest that you contact the Conservancy of SW Florida directly for those answers.
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