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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

#14 of 124 things to do in Naples Features Animals
1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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A fun way to learn the ecology of SW Florida--for all ages

The Conservancy has exhibits and docents that have a wide range of appeal. The boat ride through... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Teddy B
Naples, Florida
Get to Know the Nature Around You

You can visit the Discovery Center where you can walk through all the habitats in SWFL and see the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Judith M H
Naples, FL, United States
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Conservancy has exhibits and docents that have a wide range of appeal. The boat ride through the mangroves out to the Gordon River is a highlight for everyone!

Thank Teddy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can visit the Discovery Center where you can walk through all the habitats in SWFL and see the sea turtle. My grandchildren love the touch tank with horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, whelks and more. There are electric boat rides down the headwaters of Naples...More

Thank Judith M H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove 2 hours to spend a perfect day in Naples :) i found this place online and i known we have to see it. It was so wonderful :) we realy wanted to to boat ride so we checked weather! Boat will not go...More

Thank Paulina S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here as we love wildlife and it had great reviews. It was an odd experience... Was about $22 for 2 of us, we saw a hummingbird, an eagle, a cute owl and a baby racoon. That was it. We attended a reptile talk...More

2  Thank HonJamm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time we turned the corner we found a friendly, knowledgeable volunteer that was excited to tell us about the area they were responsible for. It really shows that the volunteers love being a part of the Conservancy. We started our tour with the electric...More

Thank Jay L
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The 45 minute boat tide is amazing. I felt like I was in Florida before it was developed. Then reality set in and we were in a subdivision near the Gordon River. The captain was very knowledgeable about trees, plants, wildlife. Become a member and...More

Thank JVS850
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Three of us pent a wonderful 4 hours at the Conservancy today. Unfortunately boat ride was cut short by heavy thunderstorm. Spent 3 hours in the Discovery Center with a great tour guide (Irene). We all learned a lot about the history of the Florida...More

Thank MW34119
Reviewed 31 May 2017

We joined as members this year. They do an excellent job at spreading the word of what needs to be done for future generations. Hidden gem near downtown Naples. Check it out!!!

Thank John W
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Just love visiting this venue with family, friends and especially children. The programs and boat ride there are perfect for all ages.

1  Thank travelefun
Reviewed 23 May 2017

They take animals that are sick or hurt and help them get well, This is a good place to learn about Florida wild life. It teaches the kids to respect them life of FL. Snakes, Turtles, birds and much more.

Thank Sunshine3215
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Paulina S
26 July 2017|
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Response from GregWConservancy | Property representative |
Hi, Paulina. Yes, the electric boats are available every day we are open from 10 am to 3 pm. Thanks for writing!
Keren L
22 October 2016|
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Response from Andrew P | Reviewed this property |
Call the Conservancy. They will know who can help
17 June 2015|
Response from LLEWELLYN W | Reviewed this property |
I suggest that you contact the Conservancy of SW Florida directly for those answers.