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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

#17 of 122 things to do in Naples Features Animals
300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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Marco Island Kayak Tour with Optional Beach Landing
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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 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...More

Thank Sue D
Reviewed 1 April 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

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.

Thank moonchick
Reviewed 31 March 2017

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...More

Thank Popeyebird
Reviewed 30 March 2017

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...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 17 March 2017

My kids are 8 and 10 and really enjoyed their visit. The staff is excellent, and it's very educational but also presented in a fun way. The kids loved the aquariums, the exhibits, and the nature walk. It was well worth the very modest entrance...More

Thank Mary6404
Reviewed 8 March 2017

The education center has lots for both young and old to see and learn about our estuarine areas. many interesting exhibits, an aquarium of mangrove fish, the little kids can even climb under it! They show very good educational movies in their small theater, and...More

Thank catenaples
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We went on the kayak trip on a fairly windy day. We learned a lot about the ecosystem of Rookery Bay and also about kayaking on windy, wave-filled bay. Trip was well-organized; guides were knowledgeable; equipment was adequate. All good. Later we stopped by the...More

Thank MNunn
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I've got an 8 year old daughter and a 6 year old boy. Our annual migration to visit the grandparents in Naples has brought us to the zoo, the botanical gardens, children's museum and various other kid friendly attractions. This was our first visit to...More

Thank Brian J
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

The volunteer docents are exceptional! Ours has a phd in botany. We learned a lot and he was great with people of all ages. Wish we could have done the kayak tour as it sounds excellent. Mosquitoes cut our walk short

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Sue D
What is the cost of your kayaking tour please?
22 March 2017|
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Response from Katherine D | Reviewed this property |
Call the center. Reviewers don't have all the answers.
Tina P
Hours for touch tank?
15 February 2017|
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Response from RookeryBayReserve | Property representative |
Thanks for your question. In February, our touch tank is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This might change slightly in March, but you can find the "daily programs calendar" at our website. We are currently building... More
Christopher K
Can you bring/use paddle boards to enjoy the waterways?
19 January 2017|
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Response from RookeryBayReserve | Property representative |
Sorry we did not respond to this inquiry sooner - Steve G.s response is accurate. Be aware that there is no launch site at the Environmental Learning Center however, purchase of our guided tours includes admission to the... More