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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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Came over to naples for my anniversary. Looking to spend some time checking out local places. People are very informative there. Excellent for kids. Lots to see and a touch... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Came over to naples for my anniversary. Looking to spend some time checking out local places. People are very informative there. Excellent for kids. Lots to see and a touch tank. Price is fair at 12.50 per person.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

My husband and I wanted something to do besides go shopping, and this was a great way to spend a few hours. We took the boat ride and enjoyed hearing about the area and seeing the foliage and wildlife in the area. We didn't spend much time in the museum, but it was well laid out with attractive and informative... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Wonderful, must-see experience for those new to or ignorant of the SW Florida environment. The Discovery Museum alone is worth the cost of admission. Great place to take children (or squeamish adults) to alleviate irrational fears of the critters inhabiting the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Knowledgable volunteers. Everyone friendly. Excellent boat tour, education center. Exhibits well done. A great place to take kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Due to the avoidance of water activities, we looked for and tried everything in town and this was truly a pleasure! My children have a heart for animals and their rehabilitation and so this was just their cup of tea! We learned so much about different native animals. We also got a private viewing of the nursery just by chance!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Visited with a friend after taking the lunch/boat tour. Stan's information about the Gordon River & surrounding mangroves was so interesting. Nice lunch then at Wahoo's River Bar & Grill. The exhibits are beautiful and provide great environmental education at a level where young & old can both understand.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

You can't find a better place to understand why people love SW Florida and it's land, wildlife, water, and it's future. Enjoy the Hospital, the Discovery Center, take a electric boat ride and just learn about SW Florida in all it's glory!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

If I live in Naples, would be a voluntary at Conservancy, for sure. If you are a nature and animal lover, you should know this place. The mission, the way it was created and developed, mangrove preservation by man hand, animals care and training to be integrated in their habitat, the educating self guided tour with voluntary crew support, all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

We visited midweek in July - hot as all get out. Took the boat ride, there were no manatee in the lagoon. The trip through the mangroves was pretty cool, we learned quite a bit about the mangroves from our guide. But we didn't see much wildlife. Once you get out of the mangroves, there is ALOT of development happening... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Last time we visited was 12 years ago - what a change, new buildings fantastic animal hospital and the same ethos as before - protection of the ecosystem through education, lots of fun things to do and a lovely boat ride on electric boats for about 45 minutes. Volunteers very friendly and knowledgable, and staff very enthusiastic and willing to... More 

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