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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
+1 239-530-5940
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Great facility & very helpful staff.

My wife and I really enjoyed the exhibits and trails. Mike was very helpful answering all of our... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2018
lonies1
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Detroit, Michigan
A modest donation goes a long way

This is an absolutely beautiful facility. The people working were very friendly. They were... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2018
JTIESA
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Gretna, Nebraska
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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 Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit and other displays 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. Check our website to see information about our tours.
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300 Tower Rd, Naples, FL 34113-8031
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

My wife and I really enjoyed the exhibits and trails. Mike was very helpful answering all of our questions about wildlife in the area.

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

This is an absolutely beautiful facility. The people working were very friendly. They were informative without being pushy. We skipped the trail after a warning about mosquitos, but we did venture outside and across the bridge. Inside, there is a movie on constant replay about...More

Thank JTIESA
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Located on Collier Blvd., the education and research center is just south of the intersection with U.S. 41 East....it is a nature-lovers must-see! Programs and exhibits will appeal to various ages; summer programs are available for school aged children. Employees are helpful and all is...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

Had a beautiful time on the Rookery Bay 2-hour guided kayak tour through the mangroves in the estuary. The guides (2 guides for a group of 10) were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Water was as calm as a sheet of glass. Every participant has his/her...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

I took my four year old and one year old, and we loved it! Educational, clean, can’t beat the price, friendly staff and beautiful trails! We’ll be back!

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Don't let the $109 per person cost deter you from taking this tour. It's a remarkable education with views & information available in a setting rarely available. We'll be back for another tour on our next visit. Don't miss out on a wonderful opportunity.

Thank Dale D
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Very kid ( ages 4,6) friendly with see thru fish tanks where you can go “underwater” , all sorts of fish, crabs, lobsters, etc. Full size manatee and shark. Lots of birds. Short, easy 1/2 mile trail through the swamp.

Thank Rob L
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

A very cool place, Rookery Bay Reserve has tons of activities. We walked out onto the sky bridge to see the area and talked to a very knowledgeable volunteer who told us about the three kinds of mangrove trees–red, black, and white. From there we...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

We stopped here on an impulse on our way back from Naples to Marco during Thanksgiving week. On duty was "Dave" an educator at the touch tank. We spent the next 45 minutes quizzing Dave about the creatures in the touch tank and regaling him...More

1  Thank 743leslieg
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Went on our way home from Marco Island. Very helpful and knowledgeable volunteers. Nice touch tanks. Trails are currently closed due to Irma, but they have a dock and skybridge for wildlife viewing. They had crafts for kids and a video in the theater. Plan...More

1  Thank fricassee2000
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Sue D
22 March 2017|
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Response from Katherine D | Reviewed this property |
Call the center. Reviewers don't have all the answers.
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Tina P
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
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Christopher K
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
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