300 Tower Rd.
Naples, FL 34113

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The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is currently closed. Even though the Center is closed, the Education Team at Rookery Bay is providing online education and virtual family activities at https://rookerybay.org/family-activities/. Please visit Rookerbay.org for updates on re-opening.

Explore the Environmental Learning Center. Interactive exhibits focus on the plants and animals of the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay Reserve. Aquariums, nature store, art gallery, walking trails and more introduce visitors to this coastal world. Guided tours of the 110,000-acre waterway reserve by boat or kayak.

Details & Amenities


Natural Wildlife Viewing


COVID-19 Paradise Pledge Business
Green Business
Green Listing
Local Favorite

Disabled Traveler Information

ADA Compliant


Group Discount
Other Discount

Facility Amenities

Boat Ramp
Bus Parking
Gift Shop
Indoor Activity
Meeting Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Picnic Area
Picnic Shelter

General Information

Dates Closed: Sundays and major holidays
Driving time to nearby lodging: 5 minutes
Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday -Saturday
Open Year-Round

Guest Information

Family Friendly
Meeting/Tour Groups Welcome

Information/Services Provided

Maps Available
Multilingual Materials Available

Internet Connection

Wireless (WiFi)

Payment Options

Personal Checks

Pet Information

Pets on Leash Allowed

Tour Information

Guided Tours
Self-Guided tours


Archaeological Site
Boat Tours
Hiking/Nature Trails
Marine Attractions
Marker/Interpretive Station
Nature Interpretive Center
Protected Species Habitat
Water Recreation

Meetings & Conferences

Rookery Bay's Environmental Learning Center serves as an educational, research and training facility as well as an attraction. The visitor center features state-of-the-art exhibits and aquariums showcasing habitats and species found within the 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Second-floor party or meeting space features floor-to-ceiling windows that provide outstanding views of Henderson Creek and the sunset over the estuarine wilderness beyond. In addition, we offer classrooms and meeting space, a 140-seat auditorium, an outside picnic area, lawns, gardens, walking trails with observation platforms over water, art gallery and nature-themed gift shop. We can accommodate day or evening functions for meetings, workshops, seminars, parties and gatherings, and offer use of modern audiovisual equipment and other technology to enhance and empower your presentation or event. Catering can be supplied from outside vendors and our picnic area offers a delightful space for a relaxed lunch, cocktail party, or formal dinner. Bus parking is available. Guided tours of the 110,000-acre waterway reserve are available by boat or kayak.

Meeting Services

Tours & Teambuilding


Festival of Birds Month!

Now - January 31, 2021, Daily

Naples Area

Join Rookery Bay and partners in January for a month of online activities, expert speakers and virtual adventures for nature and bird lovers everywher...

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