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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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Beautiful place doing interesting work

Great place to take kids and adults. User friendly, everything is accessible. Friendly staff and... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
vhintlian
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Naples, Florida
Great family time

I went with my 12 and 14 year old, Grandma and Grandpa. We loved the boat ride.... it was peaceful... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
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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 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

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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

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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

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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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Reviewed 1 March 2017

We admire the work the Conservancy is doing to protect our wild lands and animals. The trails are very short, but combined with looking inside at the exhibits and taking an electric boat ride on the river, there is enough to do for a stop....More

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

We were looking for something to do when forecast called for rain. This was perfect. They could use a little better signage to get from building to building but otherwise we had a wonderful visit. Learned a lot about native Florida animals, land and sea....More

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Reviewed 26 February 2017

I am a larger person who loves to travel and likes to know ahead of time if I can physically do the activity beforehand so I can plan accordingly. I wasn't sure about the electric boat ride. The volunteers were super friendly and told me...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2017

For a nominal entrance fee (or free with membership) you can check out the Discovery Center, visit the Wildlife Hospital and exhibits, walk the nature trails and take a 45 minute electric boat tour, narrated by one of the many Conservancy volunteers. Great experience for...More

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I'm on vacation now, so I can't look to see. I'm sure children and grandchildren count. You can call and find out the annual fee.
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$14.95 Adults and 9.95 kids
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