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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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engaging wildlife exhibits

The five year old enjoyed the aquarium at her height and the touch tank; think it's wise to plan... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Catbody
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NYC
Very Informative

The staff here are very well informed. If you have questions about the animals, environment etc... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
donna592
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Jackson, New Jersey
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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500 square-foot facility with four research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitor center. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including 2,300-gallon aquarium and NEW Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit and other displays addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the Reserve, as well as a nature store, gallery and picnic area. Guided boat and kayak tours offered seasonally provide educational experiences while enjoying this special place. Check our website to see information about our tours.
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“touch tank” (35 reviews)
“learning center” (19 reviews)
“nature trail” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
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+1 239-530-5940
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The five year old enjoyed the aquarium at her height and the touch tank; think it's wise to plan for kayaking or other walking on the grounds (it was too hot for much of a walk when we visited). She also loved the books and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff here are very well informed. If you have questions about the animals, environment etc. you will get your answers here. There are displays, maps and video. However, if you are hoping to see a lot of wildlife as you walk the trails don't...More

Thank donna592
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RookeryBayReserve, Public Relations Manager at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Donna! It sometimes can take several visits to get lucky enough to see wildlife other than birds on our trails, but we have had reports of people seeing deer, raccoons and snakes pretty frequently, but there are also bear, hog, bobcats, opossums, skunks and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

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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.

2  Thank Bernadette1352
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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

Thank Greg S
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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