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Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Features Animals
1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102-3500
+1 239-262-0304
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A fun place to learn lots about SW Florida!!!

Between the boat ride with a very knowledgeable guide and the tours of the “hospital” and the eco... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Naples, Florida
Kayak Tour

This would be a great place to be introduced to kayaking. Our docent, JoAnn could not have been... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Mims M
Naples, Florida
via mobile
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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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Perfect place for little ones to visit! The Southwest Florida Conservatory is a wonderful venue for children to visit and learn about local wildlife. Often hands on presentations allow children and adults to enter act with the animals and birds.

1  Thank foxie4
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Attractive facility, includes hospital for injured wild animals. Beautiful setting next to Zoo. Informative lectures.

Thank Clay W
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The Conservancy has exhibits and docents that have a wide range of appeal. The boat ride through the mangroves out to the Gordon River is a highlight for everyone!

Thank Teddy B
Reviewed 9 August 2017

You can visit the Discovery Center where you can walk through all the habitats in SWFL and see the sea turtle. My grandchildren love the touch tank with horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, whelks and more. There are electric boat rides down the headwaters of Naples...More

Thank Judith M H
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

We drove 2 hours to spend a perfect day in Naples :) i found this place online and i known we have to see it. It was so wonderful :) we realy wanted to to boat ride so we checked weather! Boat will not go...More

1  Thank Paulina S
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We came here as we love wildlife and it had great reviews. It was an odd experience... Was about $22 for 2 of us, we saw a hummingbird, an eagle, a cute owl and a baby racoon. That was it. We attended a reptile talk...More

3  Thank HonJamm
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Every time we turned the corner we found a friendly, knowledgeable volunteer that was excited to tell us about the area they were responsible for. It really shows that the volunteers love being a part of the Conservancy. We started our tour with the electric...More

1  Thank Jay L
Reviewed 12 July 2017

The 45 minute boat tide is amazing. I felt like I was in Florida before it was developed. Then reality set in and we were in a subdivision near the Gordon River. The captain was very knowledgeable about trees, plants, wildlife. Become a member and...More

1  Thank JVS850
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Questions & Answers
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
22 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.