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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
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09:00 - 04:00
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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the...

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 interactive exhibits 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.

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A special place for families

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... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW 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.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 above the ground that goes into the park. We saw several foot long baby alligators... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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.

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Dyer, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 thru Friday, from 9:30 - 11:30, the season will close May 1st and reopen in... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

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Roscoe, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were greeted at the door and they explained the different directions we could go and there was to see. Can't beat the price of $5 to get in! The short video is a must to really understand the reserve. A nice walking path(s). You can go 1/2 mile or more ,your choice. No paved paths so we're good shoes.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second time here and this time the touch take exhibit was not open. There was nothing in the tanks and they had them covered. So we really missed that experience as that was the highlight on our previous visit. Jeanne Jones at the front door this day did a wonderful explanation of everything for us here and... More 

1 Thank dshendri
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This guided kayak tour is educational and fun while also offering a great day on the water. Randy is an awesome guide and shares insight into the mysteries beneath the mangroves. It's worth doing if you have the time.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent several hours at the Reserve. Watched the video and a local art show did have photographs exhibiting at the Reserve. Walked around some and then did a walking guided tour with Don the Docent. He was very good at his job. Very knowledgeable and engaged the children so that they also learned about the environs. Learned a lot myself... More 

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Goodyear, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's worth watching the 10" video to learn about the place. You can also rent a canoe or kayak to go on the river. It's next to the 10 Thousand Islands area. There's some easy walkways but we didn't see much at the time we were there in terms of wildlife. There are some interesting exhibits in the main building.

Thank John C

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