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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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1495 Smith Preserve Way, Admission Cost, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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Great Effort, But......

We joined for a year to support the ideology but there's really not a lot to see. I was expecting... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
ilovepuppylove
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Bonita Springs, Florida
Very good

Fantastic place. Absolutely superb guides. We learned a lot. Loved the kayaks too. You need to... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
AlexWLondon
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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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1495 Smith Preserve Way, Admission Cost, Naples, FL 34102-3500
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

We joined for a year to support the ideology but there's really not a lot to see. I was expecting more from the "Patch Reef", hoping to stir an interest in conservation in my grandchildren. Everything they might have been interested in was unavailable when...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Fantastic place. Absolutely superb guides. We learned a lot. Loved the kayaks too. You need to become a member for that but it's well worth it and it's money spent on a good cause.

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Reviewed 5 April 2017

We got there when it first opened and did the electric boat ride first. This was fantastic! While we were waiting to board there were manatee's right at the dock area. The boat ride was so relaxing and the gentleman that was the captain was...More

1  Thank Denise H
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

My brother, wife and I rented kayaks and spend about 2 hours exploring the waterway in the Conservancy. We saw numerous birds and several manatee. It is a very nice way to spend a few hours. The kayak paddling is not strenuous but it is...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Great place to take kids and adults. User friendly, everything is accessible. Friendly staff and terrific volunteers. Take the boat ride!

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Reviewed 27 March 2017

I went with my 12 and 14 year old, Grandma and Grandpa. We loved the boat ride.... it was peaceful ride along the mangrove tree lined canal looking for nature. We saw a manatee, many birds, and fish on the boat ride. At the main...More

1  Thank Steve R
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Went here with a group of school aged children. Our tour guide, Allen was not only very knowledgeable, but very entertaining and great with the children. We wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I brought my 17 year old and 20 year old sons here. Upon arrival, I was worried it might not be enough for them. Admittedly, they are pretty good about doing "nature stuff" with me. The Conservancy is doing great work to protect our wild...More

1  Thank Tracy F
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We just had a most wonderful day observing wildlife and learning all about their lives and how we as humans can do more to help preserve their environment and save them from extinction. This organization is staffed by volunteers of all ages and they work...More

Thank Gordon S
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

My sister had heard about this activity and booked tickets for us during our (almost) annual road trip from Kansas City to Florida. We weren't sure what to expect but it was a fun several hours on the waters of Rookery Bay. We had a...More

Thank Rob G
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Response from Gail B | Reviewed this property |
The boat ride is about 40 minutes and is covered. I enjoy this. A lot of indoor displays. When walking around there are quite a few shaded areas. Some of the demonstrations/lectures are outside on bleachers. It would be... More
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Response from Jack H | Reviewed this property |
You could do a $135 membership which is good for 5 adults and 4 children. Great place for families.
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$14.95 Adults and 9.95 kids
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