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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
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+1 239-262-0304
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09:30 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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As part of its educational mission, the 2l-acre Conservancy Nature Center...

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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Cocoa, Florida
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Cocoa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 low key venue. They have done a wonderful job with the critters and environment. Hats... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 trip...almost an hour ride...even got a deal....buy one/get one free....the cost was less than $15... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 "touch" display. The staff are well informed and eager to answer any questions.

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Reston, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 to health, I cannot say enough a must see. and enjoy...

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 weighed a screetch owl while carrying on a discussion on both birds. We found the... More 

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Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 gift shop here and you can get an idea of how this place helps injured... More 

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 animal hospital, etc make this a unique visit

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florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 and informative. All the staff are volunteers.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 made this visit possible for some of our older members. We spent 2.5 hours here... More 

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