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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  • We had an extra day at the end of our vacation so we took our five-year-old son to the Naples Zoo and we absolutely LOVED it. A very nice place for children with lots of interesting exhibits and a wid...  more »
  • A perfect place to take the kids. It's not very big but it is very nice. It is not to be all day. Close to the Centre
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  • The layout of the Naples Zoo is aesthetically pleasing and the assortment and care of animals on display is impressive. Noteworthy is the resident one-eyed Florida panther, named Uno. He is well cared...  more »
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  • As a single father of a young son I have had the greatest experiences here. My mother lives in Naples and we always go here despite the fact Florida has plenty of wildlife you don’t have to pay to see. We love it because the staff is very friendly and the gift shop is very nice but a little pricey. It’s worth it though. They keep this place clean and have workers walking around everywhere to help answer questions or tell you not to go a certain way and keeping the grounds clean. If I could upload a video on this the windows are so clean between you and the animals that I fooled my friends into thinking I was standing without fear a foot away from a bear and I jokingly taunted it and it looked real and they believed me until I told them I was kidding. You can feed the giraffes with lettuce for cheap and that is fun for my son and I. They have boats to travel around the zoo with a guide talking although it’s hot or miss if you’ll see anything spectacular and that part is mostly monkeys, the alligators are in a separate area. I would like to see better views of the alligators because they are so close but the bushes and grass make it hard to see the close ones. They have shaded areas and snacks to buy. Great snow comes for the heat. Last time we went they had two people dressed up as iron man and captain America which was fun for my son and I. It was when one of the captain America movies had recently come out so it attracted a lot of people but the lines never were too long and they were very polite. The heat is a pain and make sure you are prepared unless it’s cold or raining and if that’s the case they close a lot of things so plan it carefully. The captain America and iron man are our most recent experience here but everything is the same when I’ve visited besides that attraction.
  • I really want it to go here!! Finally we did. I was not able to admire the lions and the leopard cause they were hiding from the sun. 😣 But I saw their tails!!! 😂 Was sad to see the Florida panther, but good to see that is in a good place now. Is a small but cute zoo. And people who work here is nice and professional. I will go back definitely.
  • My sister in law and I took our nephews on the free Saturday in Aug 2018. It was a nice trip. They had cops in case your children got away and could not find you and the animals were actually out sleeping or walking for most part of the time. They took away the camel's and said the are not coming back I hope they put something great there as I am a yearly member as well. They also got rid of penguin exhibit and was not sure at that time if they would return. I hope so. The boat rides are always the longest lines and probably my only thing I don't do. It's okay though. We had a great time a day day got lots of videos and pictures brought out lunch and the boys got to play in the "big" park before we left. Good job Naples zoo
  • Growing up with the wonderfully free Saint Louis Zoo and then the huge Miami Metro Zoo, I have pretty high expectations for zoos. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of animal exhibits the Naples Zoo contains-- though there is an immense need for a giraffes exhibit upgrade. ($25 per person, per visit, but only concrete blocks and minimal sunlight coverage for the largest animals at the zoo? Something seems off.) Aside from the giraffes, the rest of the animals seem well cared for, and the keepers are all very knowledgeable about their animals. I will also say that this zoo gives its patrons the single closet view to the aninals I've ever experienced. Also, we became members after the first visit...so it's worth it.
  • I was very impressed with his Zoo it was super clean and well signed. the people who work there seem knowledgeable and like I enjoyed their job. I would have easily given this place 5 Stars if I didn't have to pay to get in. Also the size of this Zoo is little small. we were a party of 6 and we got through everything they had to offer within 4 to 5 hours. Health plan on spending all day here.

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