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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Incredibly Educational Experience!

Spent a wonderful morning here learning all about the local wildlife. Great place to bring kids... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2018
danealex10
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Marco Island, Florida
Excellent

Visited rookery bay with a group of friends and thoroughly enjoyed my time there..wonderful and... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2018
helenmfarrell
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County Longford, Ireland
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The $10 entry fee is rediculous for his tiny little walking path. Saw a couple Ibis and that was it. It was a pure waste of time. We wanted to go on a boat tour but found out that this didn't start until November 7

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Reviewed 30 July 2018

Spent a wonderful morning here learning all about the local wildlife. Great place to bring kids because they have many "touch" exhibits displayed at their level. Learned SO much. Would have spent the afternoon, too, but the bugs were pretty active on the walking paths!...More

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RookeryBayReserve, Communications Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Thank you so much for your comment. Our touch tanks are a one-of-a-kind experience, and always being replenished with interesting critters for kids (and grown ups!) to enjoy. We feel Rookery Bay Research Reserve and Environmental Learning Center is a hidden gem here in Naples....More

Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Visited rookery bay with a group of friends and thoroughly enjoyed my time there..wonderful and informative.Lots to do for children and adults. Thanks Mike and Marilyn..look forward to a return visit..

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RookeryBayReserve, Communications Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Thank you for visiting the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. We hope you return real soon!

Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Lovely short day trip with my 10 & 12 year olds. Cheap entrance. Cheaper if you print out the $1 off coupon. Kids free if kids below 12 come on Friday. Friday’s have special events specific to an animal species. Birds are scheduled this week....More

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RookeryBayReserve, Communications Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Thank you so much for visiting Rookery Bay with your kids. There is a lot to do here for both kids and grown ups. I'm so glad you took the time to head upstairs to enjoy a few minutes of relaxation in our rocking chairs...More

Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

Just returned from Rookery Bay which my 6 year old grandson thoroughly enjoyed, especially the hands on with various sea creatures. The Canadian lady (can’t remember her name unfortunately) had great patience and spent a lot of time explaining the type and functions of the...More

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RookeryBayReserve, Communications Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Thank you so much for visiting Rookery Bay. We appreciate all of your great comments, and hope you are able to visit again real soon! :)

Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

Really fantastic Centre. Loads of information, very well presented with great information given by Mike and Marilyn. Saw a manatee in the water from the bridge. Really recommend a visit here.

Thank Sheila C
RookeryBayReserve, Communications Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

What a great sighting! We are so happy you enjoyed your time here at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center..

Reviewed 10 July 2018

Loved learning about the wilderness and Florida's ecosystem. Great natural beauty. My love and I also took Rising Tide Explorers kayak tour of the estuary.

Thank Justin J
RookeryBayReserve, Communications Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

We do have a lot of great information about "natural" Florida and why it is such a special place. Thank you for visiting us!

Reviewed 9 July 2018

A bit out of town we found in a local tour magazine. The research reserve provides a fascinating look at estuarine research in Florida and how it is being preserved and supported. Estuarine areas provide necessary filtering of water and habitat for many animals, birds,...More

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RookeryBayReserve, Communications Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Thank you for taking time to learn about rugged pioneer life and survival in "paradise" before it was paradise in our interactive historical exhibit. Our beaches and beautiful gulf waters often take center stage, but pioneer history is rich and very interesting in Southwest Florida....More

Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Such an amazing learning experience for adults and kids, the staff is exceptionally knowledgeable and keeps the kids attention. We love it here, so much so we go every Friday.🙂

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RookeryBayReserve, Communications Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

We love our fun summer Fridays, and we love the kids here at the Rookery Bay Environmental Center. Remember kids and adults are free on Fridays until August 3rd in honor of our 40th anniversary. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 6 July 2018

My 12 year old and his friend had a great time seeing the exhibits, presentations and hands on activities

Thank Barbara D
RookeryBayReserve, Communications Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Thank you for visiting. We are glad the kids had a great time, and hope you visit again real soon!

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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.
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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
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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
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