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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

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1495 Smith Preserve Way, Admission Cost, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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Good Fortune lol Eco Lunchtime Cruise

This cruise was just Okay. The captain and volunteer narrator were clearly at odds. She could do... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Supananc
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Naples, Florida
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Every time a really great experince

The Conservancy is an essential visit for those spending time in Naples. Most recommended are the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dls_user
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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
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1495 Smith Preserve Way, Admission Cost, Naples, FL 34102-3500
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cruise was just Okay. The captain and volunteer narrator were clearly at odds. She could do nothing right, narrating, using the microphone, or using the correct ropes to tie the boat. No instructions were given when we landed the boat for lunch (how much...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Conservancy is an essential visit for those spending time in Naples. Most recommended are the Kayaks which allow you to venture out into the Gordon river with little or no other boats to spoil your day

Thank dls_user
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Conservancy does great work in educating the public about the special places and wildlife they protect through their efforts. The short trails are easy and provide some nice river overlooks. The visitors center is also informative and provides alot of "hands-on" activities for kids...More

1  Thank Steve W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were not sure what we would see as the property seems to be in the middle of development. The discovery center is very informative and fun for all ages and the boat ride was great. We saw Manatees, and a variety of birds. All...More

1  Thank willisw2018
ConservancySWFL, other at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review, Willisw2018! We are, in fact, in the middle of some improvements here at the Nature Center. But I'm glad to know you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent about 3 hours here. A friend works there so we got some behind the scenes activity. All the volunteers are great and very knowledgeable. We did the electric boat tour and learned A lot about water conservation. A must see activity and great...More

Thank Barbara P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Conservancy of SW Florida is located next to the Naples Zoo. There is an animal hospital for wild animals. Call them for help if you find an injured wild animal! Phone: (239) 262-0304

Thank Gerry W
ConservancySWFL, other at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Gerry! We really appreciate you helping us get the word out about what to do when you spot an injured or orphaned animal.

Reviewed 30 December 2017

Outstanding cruise through Rookery Bay and had a great lunch stop at Pelican Bend Restaurant on the Isle of Capri. Beautiful day on the water. Lots of birds.

Thank Jack H
ConservancySWFL, other at Conservancy of Southwest Florida, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, Jack! So glad to hear you enjoyed your trip!

Reviewed 26 December 2017

The Conservancy is just the right size for a morning or afternoon outing for young children. The discovery center has hands on exhibits and a small water tank for touching live sea creatures. We didn't have time for the boat ride so it is best...More

Thank PPSTraveler
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Between the boat ride with a very knowledgeable guide and the tours of the “hospital” and the eco system display, it is well worth the time to go with children..even adults learn lots of things!!!!

Thank HikerNonni
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

This would be a great place to be introduced to kayaking. Our docent, JoAnn could not have been any more helpful. She was well versed in the plants And water. Easy kayaking close to Naples

Thank Mims M
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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!
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Keren L
22 October 2016|
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Response from Andrew P | Reviewed this property |
Call the Conservancy. They will know who can help
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IrishPatMalaga
17 June 2015|
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Response from LLEWELLYN W | Reviewed this property |
I suggest that you contact the Conservancy of SW Florida directly for those answers.
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