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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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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 17 February 2017

Well cared for and beautiful facility. Knowledgeable volunteers are there with information on the displays. We learned about ma tees and many toner sea creatures. The inside exhibits are well thought out and informative. Via a bridge over one estuary we had a walking four...More

Thank Valerie D
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Be sure to start with the short introductory video. Enjoy the exhibits then walk a couple of the outdoor trails. Check the times that a naturalist will be on the trails. We got to talk with one of them during our walk and learned a...More

Thank Eric V
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Easy in and out visit for my children. No pressure to buy or pay for things. Learned about Manatees and efforts to keep them safe.

Thank Jana J A
Reviewed 15 February 2017

small admission fee, staff and guides to help and explain exhibits, nature trails, bridge over a river,( we watched a manatee from the bridge) Nice place to have a picnic. Theater showing nature film .

Thank WisconsinHunter
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Enjoyed learning and seeing what an estuary is. The volunteers are passionate and are kind and patient. The touch tank volunteer was exceptional! Great for all ages but extremely economical for a family !

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Reviewed 2 February 2017

The Rookery is a research and educational center right off of US 41 on the way to Marco Island. With an information center, videos and those who will answer your questions, walking paths through a serene area, and even activities directed toward children, it is...More

Thank bluize
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

The center is a beautiful building with touch tanks and gallery.. the upstairs is fun for kids and great rocking chairs to enjoy the view. Walking the trails was great for nature photography! I had most of the trail to myself. Enjoyed the 2 hours...More

Thank Pat S
Reviewed 28 January 2017

We were disappointed in the lack of birds and mammals seen but realize that we visited midday. But the docents were OUTSTANDING. The visitor center was staffed with knowledgeable, helpful docents that gave concise descriptions of the various exhibits and answered all questions. I especially...More

Thank Mal R
Reviewed 28 January 2017

We enjoyed the touch tank. Consult the website before going because the touch tank is only two days a week and it is very interesting and wonderful for kids of all ages. It is a small place but beautiful. We were not lucky enough to...More

Thank Dale S
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Where to start? Two friends and I signed up for the Sunset to Starlight cruise, the night before a full moon. There are only six seats on the boat for guests, plus the guide. The whole point of this cruise is to only go out...More

Thank Triplover31
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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