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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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Boat ride was awesome

What a gem of a place. Very knowledgeable volunteers. We went for an early morning (10:00 am... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Krista S
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Andover, Massachusetts
Great for kids!

We love nature, the environment in SW Florida and saving animals. This is a great place to take... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jazzgirl79
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Naples, 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1495 Smith Preserve Way, Admission Cost, Naples, FL 34102-3500
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"southwest florida"
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"injured animals"
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"indoor exhibits"
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"touch tank"
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"all ages"
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Reviewed yesterday

What a gem of a place. Very knowledgeable volunteers. We went for an early morning (10:00 am) boat ride (part of the price) and saw some birds. We were there for about an hour and a half - not quite long enough. It is small...More

Thank Krista S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We love nature, the environment in SW Florida and saving animals. This is a great place to take children of any age to see rescued wildlife, take a boat trip on the Gordon river, do a summer camp, play in the touch tank or just...More

Thank jazzgirl79
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time here. The main exhibition building has some cool exhibits and there are plenty of volunteers with lots of interesting info about the animals. There is also a building where you can observe the vets taking care of the animals in the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative and well done. Volunteers are very dedicated and knowledgeable. A must do! Enjoyed the electric boat ride, the nature sessions and learning about the animal rescue work.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice place to take children as it has some hands on activities and a place to view some of the baby animals they have taken in. The boat ride along the river was relaxing, although we didn't see a lot of wildlife.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had friends visiting from Massachusetts so we decided to take them here. We saw an injured eagle and hawk, as well as some baby birds and snakes. They also have an aquarium. The highlight was the electric boat rid down the canal where we...More

Thank NapDonna
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the Conservancy is doing a great job for the environment in Naples, also they take care of injured animals, we had a great time and were happy to contribute to their cause.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting talks about local species including a rehab. Hospital Really enjoyed the shady pontoon type slow boat ride down the Gordon River while the tour guide identified the birds, etc This has to be the lowest price boat ride in the Naples area They...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Explored the Conservancy of Southwest Florida on a recent trip. The 45 minute electric boat ride trough the mangroves and Gordon River was relaxing and educational. Our guide was very informative as we traveled quietly along. Warning, if you are traveling with a small child...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Beautiful (if cool) day. Went on the Conservancy's lunchtime boat tour to Isles of Capri and Rookery Bay with lunch at Pelican Bend. Captain and naturalist guide both excellent. Saw dolphin and many birds of many different species. Easy approx. 3 hour trip.

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dottieb554
3 March 2018|
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Response from Jack H | Reviewed this property |
$14.95 Adults and 9.95 kids
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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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