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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Naples
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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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  • You must certainly remember that this is a private Zoo. Lovingly made - with small means. Volunteers who tell you a story to the animals or animals are everywhere. No trained animals. And also the many giraffes only then take a lettuce leaf (warning - 3 leaves salad for $5) when they are really hungry. If not, it's just wait or go. But it is here also live animals - and not trained circus animals. I met here also an animal, which was previously completely unknown to me (FOSA)
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  • Excellent place to visit while in Naples. A very clean Zoo with the animals are close and can be viewed from multiple angles. It 's Florida so of course we have alligators, and even several Giraffes, ...  more »
  • This is a great zoo, especially for families with small children. It is very manageable. There are lectures about their animals and demonstrations regularly throughout the day. I think they still have...  more »
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  • I always love going to the Naples Zoo. We took our son there when he was young and always love to take out out of State guests there too. We drive over from Fort Lauderdale and make a day of it. The great thing about this zoo is that it isn't too and and it isn't too small. It has just the right number of animals and exhibits so that you can easily see everything and feel like you have missed nothing. They have always kept the place clean and are always updating and modernizing it. We plan to come back many, many more times!
  • 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!
  • We have a great time relaxing at the Naples Zoo, perfect for an afternoon date. We tour the grounds, then sit and drink a cold beer and watch the monkeys play. We've always had a good time.
  • This zoo was lovely and offered so much for a zoo this size. It was small but the animals were incredible! You can feed a giraffe, see lions, bears and tigers--Oh my!