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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

#16 of 124 things to do in Naples Features Animals
300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500 square-foot facility with four research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitor center. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including 2,300-gallon aquarium and NEW Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit and other displays addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the Reserve, as well as a nature store, gallery and picnic area. Guided boat and kayak tours offered seasonally provide educational experiences while enjoying this special place. Check our website to see information about our tours.
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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

We enjoyed the touch tank. Consult the website before going because the touch tank is only two days a week and it is very interesting and wonderful for kids of all ages. It is a small place but beautiful. We were not lucky enough to...More

Thank Dale S
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Where to start? Two friends and I signed up for the Sunset to Starlight cruise, the night before a full moon. There are only six seats on the boat for guests, plus the guide. The whole point of this cruise is to only go out...More

Thank Triplover31
Reviewed 15 December 2016

The guided kayak tour around the bay was amazing. The guides Randy and John were excellent and extremely knowledgeable about the ecosystem and all the birds and plants. Highly recommended.

2  Thank annie L
Reviewed 26 November 2016

My nephew and niece and their two kids, ages 2 and 4, were visiting from Maine. We needed something interesting to show them about the flora and fauna of Florida. We found the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. A good find. They have static displays...More

1  Thank Steve G
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Very nice walk, but take the kayak tour if you want to see birds. Very friendly and informative people.

Thank goinplacesnow
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Wooded area paths to follow. Inside fish to view in different habitats. Nice gift shop. Bug spray is provided. We did not receive any bites while we visited. Children's area. We preferred other places to visit, but the protection work being done here is very...More

1  Thank Loreen H
Reviewed 19 November 2016

A very nice educational center with enthusiastic volunteers. The short introductory movie gives a concise over-view of the goals and mission of the center. There were several small aquariums and two touch pools which housed fascinating local aquatic life. The Snail Trail is a circular,...More

1  Thank Rowena S
Reviewed 17 November 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon aboard one of Rookery Bay's Carolina Skiffs with our guide, Randy. He's extremely knowledgeable and a great storyteller. Randy piloted the skiff deep into a maze of mangrove islands, rich with an array of migrating and local birds. He brought...More

1  Thank LTT113
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Grandchildren love the exhibits here (ages 5-10) and enjoy the nature walk and gift shop. Especially the glass bottom boat with all sorts of gear!

Thank Katherine D
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This business is located between East Naples and Marco Island on tower road. The Building host many events for young and old. Renknown Teacher's conduct classes. The exibits are amasing and it brings nature right to you. Tours and events that allow you to interact...More

1  Thank randsplace
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Sue D
What is the cost of your kayaking tour please?
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
Hours for touch tank?
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
Can you bring/use paddle boards to enjoy the waterways?
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