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SouthWest Florida Field Trips

Florida state animal - The Panther

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Collier County Museum - Stalk prehistoric mastodons with Florida's first big-game hunters, or travel even further back in time, when colossal sharks cruised the warm tropical seas that once covered Southwest Florida. See ancient shell tools and ceremonial masks and dig up the facts about the Calusa Indian civilization that flourished here centuries before European explorers first set foot on the Gulf coast.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida - Nature excursions, nature center, wildlife rehab center

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary- This 11,000-acre wetland preserve contains a diversity of wildlife, including birds, alligators, whitetail deer and Florida black bears.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park - One of the most popular seaside destinations in Naples, the mile-long stretch of white sugar sand at Delnor-Wiggins has been rated one of the best beaches in the nation. The 166-acre park is a tropical paradise for beach lovers, boaters and divers.

Holocaust Museum & Education Center - artifacts that tell the individual stories within the
larger history of the Holocaust;

Naples Botanical Gardens - six cultivated gardens, 2.5 miles of walking trails, and 90-acres of restored native preserve .

Naples Historical Society- Palm Cottage™ House Museum and The Norris Gardens. Take a step back in time strolling through one of our Gardens, like our Shade Garden, or by taking a Walking Tour of the Naples Historic District, or just touring the Palm Cottage™ house museum...any tour will give you a glimpse into the fascinating history and heritage of Naples.

Naples Museum of Art - The museum is dedicated to displaying world-class paintings, sculpture, drawings and other art forms, while providing educational programs and lectures.

Naples Pier - Extending way out into the Gulf of Mexico, the pier is the perfect place at all times of day. Originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, the Naples Pier stands as a community landmark.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens - Rediscover natural fun in the heart of Naples. Explore this nationally accredited zoo with animals from alligators to zebras blended into a historic botanical garden - two attractions in one! See Tiger Forest, Panther Glade, and African Oasis. Enjoy exciting wildlife presentations all day and a cruise past islands of monkeys.

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon- includes four pools, a long lazy river, a lit splash playground or interactive water feature, five exciting water slides, a concession stand other typical amenities such as restrooms and lockers.

West Coast Ranch - farm, petting zoo, horseback riding.

Working Waterfront Museum - Tin City.  Waterfront museum whose purpose is to showcase all of the cultural and heritage areas in both the City and County that gives our community its meaning.

Captiva Island

Adventure Sea Kayak - A family owned and operated guide service that is now in it's second generation. Owned and operated by Captain John Houston, the focus of each tour is to educate, inform and have fun in and around the waters of Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. As a family of old Florida we love to pass on the stories of Barrier Island Life from the settling era of coastal Florida and historical influence of old Cuba fishing and the Calusa culture.

Captiva Chapel By The Sea - historical building and cemetery. Enjoy church services by the sea.

Captiva Pass -
Great beach experience between the two islands of Sanibel and Captiva.  Beautiful sunsets, great shelling during low-tide, frequent porpoise visitations.

Sanibel Island

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum - The non-profit Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitat, rare specimens, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games, and a tank with indigenous mollusks. A half-hour video, Mollusks in Action, is shown on the hour, and a children's video is shown continuously.

Clinic For The Rehabilitation of Wildlife CROW - CROW operates a veterinary hospital, educational program and public visitor education center on a 12.5-acre campus on Sanibel Island, Florida. The organization's primary mission is the rescue, care, rehabilitation and eventual release back to the wild of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

J.N. (Ding) Darling National Wildlife Refuge - Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for birdwatching.  Check out their Tarpon Bay Explorers Tours or free educational programs

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) -  The SCCF mangaes over 1300 acres of wildlife preserve.  Visit the 6,000 square foot nature center or walk on any of our 4 miles of nature trails.   Observation towers, butterfly house, native plant nursery, touch tank and educational programs and tours.

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village - Sanibel Historical Museum and Village was founded in 1984 with a mission to preserve and share Sanibel history. The story of Sanibel is told from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. It tells of warriors, adventures, fishermen, farmers and proprietors. Seven historic buildings were moved from their original island sites to the Historical Village.

Sanibel Island Lighthouse - This lighthouse, built in 1884, offers a storied history, unusual architecture and quiet spots for romantic interludes.

Sanibel Moorings Botanical Gardens - The Botanical Gardens of Sanibel Moorings Resort are overflowing with 6 acres of mature and unusual tropical flora and fauna. Join the Head Gardener, Anita Force Marshall, for an :open to the public" 2 hour walking tour.A must see for plant lovers and Garden Clubs! Every Wednesday at 9am. RSVP required please. $5.00 fee per person

Sanibel Sea School - Sanibel Sea School is dedicated to vibrantly teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems. We use the barrier island habitats of Sanibel and Captiva to give our students an opportunity to touch, feel, and understand their natural surroundings in a field setting.

Cape Coral

Cape Coral Historical Museum - View fascinating exhibits, experience the way it was “back in the day”, Established by Cape Coral Historical Society, the Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and displaying the unique history of our city

Eden Vineyards Winery - The southernmost winery in the United States, it offers tastings of its products, including tropical carambola wine. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Tastings 11:30-3:30 (no reservations required).

Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve - Featuring 365 acres of unspoiled wetlands and mangrove swamps on the Caloosahatchee River, this preserve also features a 4,500 foot walking nature trail, a visitor's center, a quiet picnic area, and pristine canoe and kayak waterways

Mike Greenwall's Bat and Ball Family Fun Park - Go Cart Track, Batting Cages, Paintball Field, Minature Golf, Arcade Room.

Rotary Park Environmental Center - This 4,200 square foot environmental center contains 197 acres of brackish water ponds, mangrove wetlands, slatterns, and uplands. Many varieties of waterfowl and fish can be seen regularly and the park offers numerous classes in horticulture, woodcarving, birding, and basketry

Sun Splash Family Water Park - Spend a day zooming, fluming and floating at one of the largest water parks between Tampa and Miami


Ft. Myers

Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery - inspires individuals to discover and explore the power of their creative potential through arts, sports and educational programs based on the Olympic values. Olympians stand as positive roles models on a course to successful living through art and sport. Their stories and creative works as well as Olympic memorabilia are waiting to be discovered.

Burroughs Home and Gardens - Walk among live oaks and lush gardens,  relax in a rocking chair on the verandah as you watch the river roll gently by....but, first, join Mona and Jettie Burroughs as they share the history and colorful tales of living in one of Fort Myers' oldest homes - The Burroughs Home.   Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival Mansion was the scene of many social events that hosted the Fort Myers' elite.

Butterfly Estates - A lovely place to go and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of fluttering butterflies, soft music, excellent learning experience from trained employees. Every Friday a new batch of butterflies are released inside the building.

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium - 105 acre site has a museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop and meeting and picnic areas.

Castle Golf -  Miniature Golf Fun

ECHO Global Farm Tours - fascinating walking tour of the most creative working farm you have ever experienced. You will find demonstrations, plants, and techniques useful to farmers and urban gardeners in developing countries and learn all about ECHO's mission of helping the poor help themselves. Experience seven settings of the Global Farm and taste tropical leaves while you explore rain-forest habitats, stop at a simulated rural school and witness urban gardening techniques that allow gardens on rooftops.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates - Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, and Caretaker’s House and the Ford House.  The 1929 historic landscape is throughout the property including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Edison Ford Museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.

Imaginarium Hands On Museum - Hands on exhibits and 3D theater make this aquarium fun for the whole family.

Manatee Park - Manatee Park is a non-captive refuge for the Florida Manatee. Manatees are generally not present during the warm summer months. The park has an extensive butterfly garden.

Seminole Gulf Railway's Dinner Train Theater -  The Murder Mystery Dinner Train includes an elegant 5 course dinner, comical show & nostalgic train ride.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve -  1.2 mile long boardwalk trail, seating enclaves, shelters, observation decks and a photo blind,  Guided walks,  Educational displays and “Explorer’s Companion” self-guided trail brochures Picnic areas, restrooms and water fountain

Southwest Florida Museum of History - exhibits which trace the history of Southwest Florida from pre-historic times to present day including a visit to a Cracker House and 1929 Pullman Train Car (both on the premises) Open Year-round

Sun Harvest Citrus - Factory Tour. It began in 1940 when Robert Edsall, Sr. planted his first citrus grove in Vero Beach. He chose this Indian River location because he knew the soil, water and climate conditions were perfect for growing the most delicious citrus in the world. This legacy was handed down to Robert’s son, Bobby, and continues today through the leadership of Robert’s grandson, David McKenzie.

Zoomers Amusement Park - features rollercoaster, go-cart track, slick track. mini golf, bumper boats, mini bowling, midway rides and arcade