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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Grandsons and I stayed for hours

This is s fun learning experience for young and on on the Henderson River. Lots to see and learn... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2018
Greg S
North Carolina
The Best!

Wonderful education center for all ages. Guided walk was well worth it. Not very long (approx 1... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2018
Naples, Florida
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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. Rookery Bay's Environmental Learning Center is a state-of-the-art, air conditioned 16,500 square-foot facility...more
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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

This is s fun learning experience for young and on on the Henderson River. Lots to see and learn. The boys were interested and the exhibits (especially the boat in the lobby) kept them occupied for a couple of hours, Most people miss the gem....More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

Wonderful education center for all ages. Guided walk was well worth it. Not very long (approx 1 hr), but very informative and enjoyable.

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

We learned a great deal about this remarkable protected area, the fish, the shells, etc. We had an excellent docent. She was very enthusiastic about all of the creatures in the touching pool. This would be a great learning place to take kids. There were...More

Thank MarilynLu012
Reviewed 22 January 2018

It was probably not the most perfect day to go out on a boat, but our group was dressed for the occasion and we were ready to take the tour! Our tour guide was very informative and had examples of eggs and bones from birds...More

Thank Maryjo0715
Reviewed 19 January 2018

My wife and I really enjoyed the exhibits and trails. Mike was very helpful answering all of our questions about wildlife in the area.

Thank lonies1
Reviewed 13 January 2018

This is an absolutely beautiful facility. The people working were very friendly. They were informative without being pushy. We skipped the trail after a warning about mosquitos, but we did venture outside and across the bridge. Inside, there is a movie on constant replay about...More

Reviewed 12 January 2018

Located on Collier Blvd., the education and research center is just south of the intersection with U.S. 41 East....it is a nature-lovers must-see! Programs and exhibits will appeal to various ages; summer programs are available for school aged children. Employees are helpful and all is...More

Thank Halinbo
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Had a beautiful time on the Rookery Bay 2-hour guided kayak tour through the mangroves in the estuary. The guides (2 guides for a group of 10) were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Water was as calm as a sheet of glass. Every participant has his/her...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

I took my four year old and one year old, and we loved it! Educational, clean, can’t beat the price, friendly staff and beautiful trails! We’ll be back!

Thank Mackauly
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Don't let the $109 per person cost deter you from taking this tour. It's a remarkable education with views & information available in a setting rarely available. We'll be back for another tour on our next visit. Don't miss out on a wonderful opportunity.

Thank Dale D
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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