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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500 square-foot facility with four research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitor center. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including 2,300-gallon aquarium and NEW Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit and other displays addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the Reserve, as well as a nature store, gallery and picnic area. Guided boat and kayak tours offered seasonally provide educational experiences while enjoying this special place. Check our website to see information about our tours.
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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw this in one of the guide books so thought we'd visit for 1/2 day. Cost of entry $5 each. Went on a Friday and was that a big mistake! It's kids free Friday, so from 10am the place was full of little ones, with...More

Thank Lindy1967
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice film & displays. Doable nature bridge & trails (.5 miles each). If you're with children, Friday is your best bet. If you want to avoid bugs on the trail, bring insect repellent or come during the winter months!

Thank Torsnary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Admission is only $5. My wife and I learned quite a bit about sea urchins, sea cucumbers, star fish and other small sea creatures. A very knowledgeable gentlemen spent quite a bit of time with us. Worth a visit, would be especially for children since...More

Thank jasbooks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got there a little later in the day and were told there was only 15 minutes until closing. He explained to us they were a research facility and not an attraction so they close early. He did suggest we could drop a couple of...More

Thank Ausecl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our mistake. We pulled up and waited out the rain storm. When we went in we 15 minutes till closing. The gentlemen at the front said we couldn't come in. Told us to come another day. Unfortunately we live 1,500 miles away and this will...More

Thank Maryann W
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We were pleasantly supprised with our tour through the reserve both inside and out. Interesting exhibits and a nice educational walk outside.

Thank diane184
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This facility is a great place for people who have environmental interests. The Estuary is one of the largest in the US of not the world. It is at the beginning of Florida's 10,000 islands. Not an official count, but probably close; Inside you can...More

Thank daveruopp37
Reviewed 8 June 2017

From our 8 yearold grandchild to the teenagers we all had a fun learning experience There are options on what you want to do and how much time you want to spend. We choose to spend our time in the learning center. Lots of hands...More

Thank Dietrich H K
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Popped in for a quick visit with friends on the way to Marco Island. The entrance fee is modest at Dlrs5.00 for adults and discounted pricing for children, so a reasonable cost for families. The facility provides some great information about the plant life, birds...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Wonderful reserve committed to preserving our natural habitats. Great exploration tank for children, nature walks and special programs throughout the year.

Thank BLR2
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Sue D
22 March 2017|
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Response from Katherine D | Reviewed this property |
Call the center. Reviewers don't have all the answers.
Tina P
14 February 2017|
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Response from RookeryBayReserve | Property representative |
Thanks for your question. In February, our touch tank is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This might change slightly in March, but you can find the "daily programs calendar" at our website. We are currently building... More
Christopher K
18 January 2017|
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Response from RookeryBayReserve | Property representative |
Sorry we did not respond to this inquiry sooner - Steve G.s response is accurate. Be aware that there is no launch site at the Environmental Learning Center however, purchase of our guided tours includes admission to the... More