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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve—commonly just called Rookery Bay Reserve—is a mangrove estuary in Naples, Florida. It is an important ecological area as it is one of the last undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. Rookery Bay Reserve covers 110,000 acres and is home to over 150 wildlife species. People are able to visit certain sections of Rookery Bay Reserve on guided tours.

During a boat tour, you’ll board a six-person boat that takes you slowly through the reserve. Your guide will point out animal species you come across, which may include birds, deer, raccoons, tortoises and even bottle-nosed dolphins. Another way to tour the reserve is on a guided kayak excursion where you’ll be taken through backwater bays within the mangrove forest. Just like with the boat tour you’ll get the chance to learn about the animals and vegetation you see from a knowledgeable guide.

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Edison and Ford Winter Estates
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Step back into old Florida and explore the prestigious estates of two of America’s most prominent men. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates are registered as national historic sites for the 20 acres of beautiful landscaped lawns and early Florida era buildings that tell the stories of not just the life and times of these inventors but about early Florida as well. Walk the award-winning Moonlight Garden or use the grounds to picnic or enjoy breeze form the cove. Also on site are the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. More than just a walk through museums, a visit to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates is an opportunity to enjoy the park-like environment.

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Manatee Park
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What wonderful hand of nature guided and shaped the elusive manatee? Loved all over the world, these gentle giants are Florida’s favorite and are admired for their happy disposition and general ability to loaf lazily in the soft sea-grass. Endangered but protected, the Fort Myers Manatee Park is your chance to see and experience these contented creatures up close and personal as the park acts as a non-captive park and refuge for the Florida Manatee. The best viewing is in winter when the manatees approach to feed, but year-round the Manatee Park is a beautiful Florida sanctuary teeming with butterflies, a bountiful natural fishing point, and offers a great ethno-botany trail.
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