The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a great place for kids! Our family spends a lot of our free time hiking,canoeing,kayaking and camping in SWFL and we frequent many of the preserves and parks in the area. Our boys, ages 6 and 7, are thrilled to see animals in their natural habitat, and have fun learning more about both local and exotic animals at the Calusa Nature Center.
In the past 4 months, each of our boys celebrated his birthday with a party at the Calusa Nature Center. In December and again in March, we used the Pine Pavilion for a private party and and had an animal show. Adam, the biologist, brought several animals for the kids to see-and many of them they were allowed to touch! He's very passionate and knowledgable about the rescued animals in his charge and gave a terrific presentation. The parents were as intrigued as the kids! Afterwards, the kids ran through the nature trails, checked out the exhibits in the museum, the touch tank, and the various enclosures. They had a great time, and learned alot too!
The Calusa Nature Center , although not a state-of-the-art facility, takes good care of the injured or at-risk animals in their care. The center also provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the many creatures that share our world.
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