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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

Features Animals
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811
+1 239-275-3435
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This place is a joke. They have no butterfly cage, no bird aviary. no gift shop. The only animals... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
Naples, Florida
Small and pretty boring

OK, if you are a tourist, and it is raining, and you have nothing to do, OK to kill an hour or so... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Dan B
Cape Coral, Florida
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Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of Southwest Florida, and to foster a deeper understanding of earth and space sciences.
  • Excellent20%
  • Very good28%
  • Average19%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible14%
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“bird aviary” (6 reviews)
“birds of prey” (4 reviews)
“yearly family” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811
+1 239-275-3435
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

This place is a joke. They have no butterfly cage, no bird aviary. no gift shop. The only animals we saw was 1 Bobcat, 1 Skunk outside and under the building was an Eagle, a Nile monitor lizard and a fox in dark cages. They...More

Thank kyragirl2002
Reviewed 9 September 2017

OK, if you are a tourist, and it is raining, and you have nothing to do, OK to kill an hour or so. But, for a fairly large city, this spot is rather lame. It consists of a "museum", a planetarium, and walking trails. The...More

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 1 September 2017

The nature center is small, but offers a lot to see. The workers there are very friendly and well informed. The planetarium gives shows at scheduled times so I would reccomend that you check its schedule before visiting the nature center

Thank Cegis360Playground
Reviewed 1 August 2017

For $10 a person, you are helping these passionate people keep this place going. It's apparent that they are trying to better the place with new boardwalks. Some are old and slippery, so not easy walk for everyone. The walk thru the area is peaceful....More

1  Thank Vacationer1968
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The museum houses a variety of reptiles some native and some were exotic, they put on a live animal presentation daily, got a very closeup view of the FL Snapping Turtle. It was a rainy day, so spent most of the time in the Planetarium,...More

Thank 948MargaretB
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We went here to kill some time and just get out of the house. We arrived shortly after they opened. It was $25 for the 4 of us. The lady told us that the planetarium wasn't open, there was construction going on and the boardwalk...More

Thank Ashlee B
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Kids get to see animals, play with puzzles, view bees and ants being bred, and walk through a model Indian preservation.

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 7 June 2017

We began our visit touring the inside of the nature center. The displays were interesting, just not a lot of them. After we viewed the animals inside and out, we decided to hike the nature trail. The trail is not well marked, and we often...More

Thank Ron E
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Well worth the time and for very little cost. Awesome, kid friendly wild animals to see and lots of adventure trails, planetarium, great guides! Go for it!

Thank kathy h
Reviewed 25 April 2017

This is a very small nature center. Only a few animals and their captain small enclosures. The best part was the planetarium. The lady near rating had a really pleasant voice and she seemed knowledgeable about what she was showing. The trails were nice But...More

Thank Shelley8338
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Lisa R
6 June 2017|
Response from | Reviewed this property |
Lisa: There is a volunteer program for animal care in which feeding or food distribution are normally performed at 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM. You have to fill out a form and they can schedule you in order to spread the work out... More
Danny L
30 August 2016|
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Response from Jessie S | Reviewed this property |
$10 per adult and $5 per kid (3-12 I believe)