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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

#14 of 124 things to do in Naples Features Animals
1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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Animal Lovers Treat

The Conservancy is right next door to the Naples Zoo. Each will take a major part of the day to... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
Ken K
Marco Island, Florida
Very interesting and informative

The staff here are wonderful. They are very helpful and answer any questions. You can learn about... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Karen P
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

The Conservancy is right next door to the Naples Zoo. Each will take a major part of the day to explore, so don't plan on visiting both on the same day. The Conservancy has a Discovery Center which is manned by volunteer docents who will...More

1  Thank Ken K
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The staff here are wonderful. They are very helpful and answer any questions. You can learn about the Alligators and Turtle that are part of the Naples Area. And lots other animals of Naples and Florida. We enjoyed very much.

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Very interesting outing. Passionate well informed volunteers and employees that represent the mission very well. You learn a lot about the animals and the environment. The boat ride we took was wonderful! A fun place for the entire family to visit!

Thank mauimeplease
Reviewed 3 May 2017

The Conservancy is dedicated to conserving land as well as educating the population about the natural resources of FL. I enjoy their lectures and boat trips. They also have a unique animal hospital where local injured/ill wildlife are cared for

Thank Allie D
Reviewed 2 May 2017

There is an included with admission boat rid on the Gordon River with narrative, various scheduled talks throughout the day, an indoor movie, indoor exhibits, and a short walking trail.

1  Thank Karen K
Reviewed 20 April 2017

There was 8 of us and the great staff got us in the water right away. The launch was very intuitive and easy to use - my 75 year old not-so limber aunt was able to get in and out with zero issues. The paddle...More

1  Thank ScubaChef23
Reviewed 17 April 2017

'Twas a delightful day. We learned much and enjoyed the exhibits, the boat ride through the waterway, and the professionals who gave talks. Thank you for protecting our animals and environment. Great for all ages, even if you have limited mobility. Most are within close...More

Thank Mainesqueeze
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We happened to see a sign that said nature center and decide to check it out. We were surprised by the scope of the organization and its facilities. We decided to pay the admission cost and visited the orphan nursery (visible through a window into...More

Thank LSQRD1
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We caught the talk on raptors which was delivered by staff with limited knowledge so we didn't enjoy it much, then did the boat trip which was fairly urban in nature but we saw some birds and the guide was knowledgeable. All are volunteers so...More

Thank fredblogs123
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A very relaxing and informative experience. I do recommend that you bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent, plenty of water, and something to snack on while here. There is a boat ride available and kayaks for rent. Your camera will get a good workout here too,...More

Thank JEddleman
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Paulina S
26 July 2017|
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Response from GregWConservancy | Property representative |
Hi, Paulina. Yes, the electric boats are available every day we are open from 10 am to 3 pm. Thanks for writing!
Keren L
21 October 2016|
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Response from Andrew P | Reviewed this property |
Call the Conservancy. They will know who can help
17 June 2015|
Response from LLEWELLYN W | Reviewed this property |
I suggest that you contact the Conservancy of SW Florida directly for those answers.