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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens by using our Naples trip itinerary planner .
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  • Enjoyed walking through a Beautiful, Garden-Setting Zoo, filled with a wide assortment a Beautiful Animals, We even fed the Giraffes!!! Look forward to spending another afternoon soon!!  more »
  • Among all the zoos in America, the Naples Zoo qualifies as perhaps the most diverse, entertaining, and educational of all the "smaller" zoos. The volunteer organization that runs the local zoo has hon...  more »
  • The kids loved the zoo. Lots of variety of animals.. feed the giraffe, ride a camel, see the penguins. It was chilly out but you still could see a lot of the animals. You can bring a lunch or snacks a...  more »
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  • This is an amazing zoo! Overall, it’s small but it lacks a lot of entertainment. The exhibits were incredible. You could get much closer than a lot of big zoos. You could only see the primates by boat and that was quite spectacular. They schedule talks with the animal keepers and even has an alligator feeding/training to watch. The zoo is beautiful. A must-see if you’re in the area!
  • The animals always seem miserable, and despite my many attempts to get the keepers of just about every animal to let me in to play with them, I was met with heavy resistance. Not just that but for the life of me I cannot make the lions acknowledge my presence, they don't even look in my direction.. To beat it all my squashed lion penny was lost somewhere in the zoo. I'm hoping some deserving child found it, instead of the entitled little monsters we are breeding nowadays. But the fact I can insert a quarter and get a handful of dog food to feed to the birds, fish, and turtles makes it all worthwhile. Also, when a Giraffe eats a chunk of Romaine out of your hand you feel truly graced by the glorious creature.
  • Very friendly & knowledgeable staff, amazing displays & shows of rescued or protected animal species. Hurricane Irma damage was/is still being repaired & they could use assistance financially as Naples was hit hard by the hurricane. The Parrot cage is still down & African Safari fence & many trees still down, but worth the experience with friends & family or a date. Get an annual pass if you live in the area as it's fun just to walk the grounds, feed the birds, have lunch, a cup of coffee, etc, take a pitstop on the way to Miami or Tampa & or the beach. Love this place!
  • Very clean and friendly staff. Enjoyed all the shows. My favorite part was the boat ride to see the monkey it was very different then any zoo I have ever been to. Although the penguin exhibit was not all that everyone brought it up to be it was very small just wasn't comparable to the penguin exhibit at the st Louis MO zoo.
  • I really enjoyed myself. Great zoo and staff. Zoo well maintain. Camel ride awesome. Thank you Jason.

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