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“Great for kids”

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Ranked #16 of 136 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 with four research laboratories, classrooms, a 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitor center. The Environmental Learning Center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including a 2,300-gallon aquarium and a marine life touch tank. Other displays in the learning center address coastal research, local history and ongoing conservation efforts within Rookery Bay. There is also a number of nature trails, a scenic overlook bridge, unique gift store, art gallery, and picnic area. Guided boat and kayak tours are offered seasonally from November to May. Check our website for more information.
Reviewed 5 April 2018

Very knowledgable staff...very kid friendly and interesting. hands on activities and got to learn fun things about Rookery Bay.

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Reviewed 8 February 2018

What an amazing experience! Sunset at Kewayden Island and Moon rise over the estuary...not to mention approaching roosting birds on "their" island in Rookery Bay...listening to the the sounds as they settle in for the night. I would encourage all nature lovers to experience this special trip.

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RookeryBayReserve, Public Relations Manager at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thanks Mando50! We are glad you enjoyed your experience with Captain Randy! He offers the best boat and kayak tours available in Rookery Bay, and they are only offered November - April. The Sunset to Starlight tour is amazing!

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

The education center has activities fro all ages of visitors. Little ones love watching the fish and climbing in the boat. Older ones can see what is currently under the viewing scopes. Be sure to take the walk across the bridge and into the mangroves.

1  Thank Judith M H
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Love this place. My grandkids love all the fish and especially when it’s feeding times. Very educational and interest8ng. The outdoor walkway is safe and numerous birds can b3 seen. Bring bug spray.

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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. I went back alone to learn more about the flora and fauna of the area. I learned more from the volunteer Guide,"Elsa", in 45 minutes that I could have learned in a week at a college.

1  Thank Greg S
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