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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve: Tours & Tickets

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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. Rookery Bay's Environmental Learning Center is a state-of-the-art, air conditioned 16,500 square-foot facility...more
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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve its quite unique, lots of fish, lots of birds. The trees are a rookery for the birds and nursery for the fish.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 387indy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just visited for the first time when they had a free event to see what it's all about. I will be back. The director took us on a boat ride and told us about the importance of this estuary and the wildlife. After the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank RosemaryB_10
RookeryBayReserve, Public Relations Manager at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve and our big Estuaries Day event! We are so happy you had a great time and learned so much about your coastal back yard. Estuaries Day is our own "Rookery Bay-style" open house. Everyone...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This annual event was one of the best we've experienced within our great state of Florida. It was so organizined...with a bus delivery to the estauaries for the boat ride (so much information about our wildlife!), displays of every type (native fish tanks, microscopic lab...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank LTlakeland
Reviewed 24 August 2019

This was not my first visit to Rookery Bay. A wonderful place, very concerned about the environment, with nice activities for kids.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Keri S
Reviewed 7 August 2019 via mobile

We deeply enjoyed the excellent guided Tour through the Brownie mangroves with Mj.Campbell, our guide. He had so much knowledge concerning environment such as plants and animal life. Absolutely recommendable

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Birmanfan
Reviewed 7 August 2019

This was a fun trip to see animals and some sea life. This would be a fun place for my nieces and family.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bow1236
Reviewed 4 August 2019 via mobile

We all found the touch tank very cool. The volunteers were very informative and patient. Answering every and all questions. It was raining pretty hard so we didn't venture out to the bridge walk but we were told by friends that is also a great...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank John W
Reviewed 26 July 2019 via mobile

We got a membership to the conservatory and this came with reciprocal membership. It’s not a huge place but they do some great outreach work. Summertime offers crafts and lessons for kids on fridays which my children love. I do wish they’d allow more touching...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank wildcatsu
Reviewed 11 July 2019 via mobile

A very cool hidden gem between Naples and Marco Island (off Collier Blvd). Very educational, the staff know their stuff, and it’s a great way to see local wildlife! Touch tanks for little ones (with live conchs, etc.) and a neat observation bridge in the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank brock_john
Reviewed 5 July 2019 via mobile

I have lived in Naples for 30 years and finally made a visit. The staff are very friendly and know there stuff. Learned so many things that are in my backyard. I’m definitely coming back when the weather is cooler to take advantage of the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Sue D
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
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
18 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