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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Naples
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Once a private garden for botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens opened as a zoo in 1969. Most of the original garden plan remains, and the zoo's pathways meander through thick Caribbean foliage. The main pathway is about 1.6 km (1 mi) with exhibits lining either side. Consider purchasing a ticket for the primate cruise on the man-made lake in the center of the park. The zoo's primate inhabitants populate the islands in the middle of the lake, and a ride on the catamaran is the only way to view them. Alligator Bay is home to the American alligator species. Check presentation times at the reception area to see the beasts during their feeding time. Plan to visit Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens during your Naples vacation using our convenient Naples trip itinerary maker.
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It's certainly not a large zoo, but lots of animals, easily accessible for viewing. "Meet the keeper" scheduled feeding times is a nice touch, as many animals would be difficult to see otherwise. Gato... read more »
My parents live in Naples so we try and get out at least once a year, and every time we go to the zoo. It's a lovely, well looked after place with friendly, knowledgeable staff, and the animals are al... read more »
Take a day and walk the grounds of the Naples Zoo. The selection of wildlife is varied and plentiful. It's a relaxing day, enjoyed the shows and the meet the keepers spots are a good time to ask quest... read more »
My party showed up on the First Saturday… AKA… FREE ADMISSION DAY FOR ALL COUNTY RESIDENTS (although it’s easy to find coupons for non-residents). Despite this situation (and free parking!) this small ZOO NEVER FELT CROWDED. The only possible line will be for the one ‘ride’- the BOAT TO VIEW THE PRIMATES ISLANDS and offers great views of them in a lively habitat (included with admission). All animal exhibits have enough viewing areas to satisfy everyone. But with the exception of the Gators and Primates area, MOST ANIMAL EXHIBITS SEEMED SMALL and made me think ‘Free Willy.’ The young staff who led the animal show were great at their performance—but I think we only saw 6 (?) animals the whole show. At least they’re animals without permanent exhibits. Don’t come too hungry—there’s a SMALL FOOD MARKET INSIDE and little kiosks scattered throughout, but that’s it.
This zoo is small but spectacular. Animals can be seen up close and personal, there is lots of cover and shade, as well as, misty fans to keep you cool. The staff is amazing and helpful and truly show care and concern for the animals. I can't wait to return in the winter!
This a a nice smaller zoo in a convenient location. The cruise that travels among islands with various primates is very well done and takes about 15 minutes. Everyone loves the giraffes and there is always a knowledgeable person to answer your questions. We bought very reasonable annual passes and go there often to walk the big loop trail, take the cruise and listen to the Zookeeper talks done throughout the day. Keep in mind that this is a not a big city megazoo but rather a nice place to spend an afternoon. Shares the parking lot with the Concervency and the new Greenway walking trail.
This is a really nice zoo. I had a great time. Arrived early and enjoyed all the animal exhibits. They have a wide variety of animals, a lot more than I ever thought they would. The only negative thing I gave to say is that you should bring your own water because it's super hot and they don't have water fountains and barley anywhere yo buy refreshments so come prepared.
While this isn't my absolute favorite place to hike, I still like coming here. It is an abandoned zoo that closed in 1965. There are also other trails that branch off from the zoo area. This park is relaxing and creepy at the same time. Many people throw parties and have picnics here. Other people come because of its abandoned and creepy look. This is a fun park that you should visit at least once.
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