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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

#17 of 124 things to do in Naples Features Animals
300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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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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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Popped in for a quick visit with friends on the way to Marco Island. The entrance fee is modest at Dlrs5.00 for adults and discounted pricing for children, so a reasonable cost for families. The facility provides some great information about the plant life, birds...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Wonderful reserve committed to preserving our natural habitats. Great exploration tank for children, nature walks and special programs throughout the year.

Thank BLR2
Reviewed 3 May 2017

The building has a museum, excellent for children and adults, an outdoor path to view Florida plants and trees, a canoe/kayak launch, and many educational opportunities such as classes and lectures

Thank Allie D
Reviewed 2 May 2017

A guided walking trail, picnic area, indoor exhibits, a short film about the area, a touch tank, and volunteers eager to impart information.

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

First time I've been here. My Daughter and her boyfriend are in town so we all went. Inside museum was a wonderful experience. Great place to bring young children. Very educational. Nice walking trails. A definite place to stop at while in SWF Naples area

Thank JulieR4
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

We loved taking our grandchildren and family to Rookery Bay. The staff immediately greeted us and were friendly upon our arrival with very knowledge facts about the region and research center. Great walking trails and exhibits. Consider a visit and donation.

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We walked about 4 miles down the trail and back. Fabulous trails loaded with Cypress trees and other hardwoods. You can see the cypress knees growing up through the ground. The wild orchids and air plants were very abundant and blooming. They have a boardwalk...More

1  Thank Mike O
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

We took a visitor to see the Rookery and had a fun time. The person that gave us the tour, Carl, made a very interesting tour very informative.

Thank luv2bgone_2
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

What an amazing way to start the day with the kayaking tour at Rookery Bay, Randy and Walt our tour guides were very knowledgeable, informative and fun to spend 2 hours kayaking thru the Rookery Bay Reserve. Definitely go experience this, they offer tours Monday...More

1  Thank yogajane07
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We had a lot of fun in this little museum. Lots of interesting facts and displays. One warning, If you do any of the walking paths, you really need long pants, closed shoes and bug spray. The ants are crazy!

1  Thank Scubachick59
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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.
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
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