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Address: 3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811
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+1 239-275-3435
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Description:

Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of Southwest...

Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of Southwest Florida, and to foster a deeper understanding of earth and space sciences.

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The building is old and you can tell they have little funds to run the place but the employees are knowledgeable and very friendly. We saw 2 butterflies in the habitat. FYI... the... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kayla B
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Evansville, Indiana
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Planetarium was good and presenter was very knowledgeable. The rest of the nature center was shabby and animal, bird and reptile enclosures were dirty and unkempt. Felt sad about the conditions

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Thank Jmealey65
Fort Myers, Florida
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65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is centrally located right off I-75 at the Colonial Blvd exit. It has over 105+ acres site with museum, nature trails, Planetarium, butterfly conservatory, bird aviary, gift shop and picnic areas. Before you enter the museum, you will notice two large alligators around the pound before the museum building and the planetarium. Once inside the... More 

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Thank 123Snoopy123
Fort Myers, Florida
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although very condensed it was perfect for the younger group whose attention span is shorter!!! The kids loved it because they saw something new at every turn...

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1 Thank richardsP8972VW
Evansville, Indiana
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is old and you can tell they have little funds to run the place but the employees are knowledgeable and very friendly. We saw 2 butterflies in the habitat. FYI... the video at the planetarium teaches the Big Bang Theory.

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2 Thank Kayla B
Management response:

Thank you for your review, Kayla. The butterfly population waxes and wanes as new butterflies hatch out of the screened container in the main building. In the planetarium, we actually show three different videos each day preceded by a live introduction to the local night skies, and we change the shows every month. Anyone who wishes to avoid discussion of... More 

Jacksonville, Illinois
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40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

What a great gem right in the middle of it all! If you have never been here before or you have, you need to check this place out!! The staff are so friendly and helpful it is like they have known you forever! I have been coming to Fort Myers for 15 years and have never went here until this... More 

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1 Thank Samantha1994
Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The Center exceed my expectations! The nature trails are beautiful and well marked. So nice to have this protected area in our city. The staff are fun, knowledgeable, patient with kids, and the presentations are interesting for all ages. We spent our afternoon outdoors and enjoyed seeing the birds of prey. We are looking forward to our visit to see... More 

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1 Thank PSfortmyers
Fort Myers, Florida
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63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Not necessary for a vacationer. There are a few cages with large birds that were hurt. There is a planetarium for people that have never seen one before. If you have been to one pass on it.

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Thank luckyg215
Belle Harbor
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

While visiting Ft Myers to attend a cultural event we decided to see what the city had to offer given the short amount of time we had. Calusa Nature Center was centrally located and very easy to navigate to. While there we were given hands on introduction to the reptile exhibit and the bird aviary. Every staff member we encountered... More 

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Thank JMRiggs4
Rockford, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

My wife and I became members this year after we learned that the center is struggling financially. Please visit, you won't regret it! Best natural area around!!

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1 Thank ZekeRockford
Management response:

Zeke, thank you for your wonderful, helpful attitude! We have indeed been struggling and recently succeeded in raising the money to replace the large aviary, which so desperately needed it: that will be torn down and new construction will start at the turn of the year. Until the new construction is completed and inspected, the birds and some of the... More 

Lehigh Acres, Florida
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192 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is a nature preserve that has been surrounded by a city! I enjoyed the walkway through the forest and marshy land but other than that and seeing the owls I was not too impressed. It was a nice get away for the afternoon when we locals had not much to do.

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Thank russpei

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