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Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

For years, the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium has been inspiring people to connect with nature through their hands-on attractions. In fact, Calusa has been open since 1970, providing the residents and tourists of southwestern Florida with a unique and educational center. If you are looking for an exciting attraction that is perfect for the whole family, look no further than the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium.

Wildlife Viewing

One of the best attractions found at Calusa is the collection of rehabilitated animals from across the state. You will be able to see different critters such as alligators, birds of prey, exotic reptiles, raccoons, minks and more up close. Each resident of Calusa is native to Florida’s rich ecology. Come see how these animals were found injured in the wild and are now living their best life at Calusa.

Natural History Museum

Get to learn about the rich history of southwestern Florida by stopping at the natural history museum found at Calusa. You will take an educational journey from the Caloosahatchee River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Prehistoric fossils are also on display, showing you the incredible size of ancient creatures such as giant sloths, megalodon sharks, and the mastodon.


The planetarium found at Calusa is the only planetarium in all of Southwest Florida. This enormous dome can easily seat 87 people and features educational viewings every day of the week. Come take a look at the Milky Way galaxy in which we live. Calusa’s planetarium features brand new and state-of-the-art equipment so you will feel like you are flying through the stars. Entry into the planetarium is included with every admission so you will not have to worry about purchasing separate tickets!

Finding the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

You can enjoy all of the thrilling yet educational experiences at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium found at 3450 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers Beach. You will be able to easily spot the center at the intersection of Colonial Blvd and Ortiz Avenue. Calusa is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is just $10 for adults and $5 for children; all students, seniors, and service members even get a discount! Inquire for additional details by calling 239-275-3435.

More to See in Fort Myers Beach

The Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is one of the many family-friendly attractions found in Fort Myers Beach, also great for couples looking for a date idea! Make sure your stay is one you’ll never forget by renting one of our luxury vacation rentals in the area. Experience resort-like amenities without the crowds. Call today and see which luxury rental is perfect for your family, or just for yourself!