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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.

Even More to Enjoy and Explore in the Area

While time spent indulging in learning opportunities surrounding nature, natural history, and the cosmos are sure to be inspiring, a stop at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium also keep guests close to other options for fun that are worth enjoying while you’re in town. For those travelers that can’t wait to pack their itineraries with options for excitement and fun, there’s much in the way of adventure waiting for them! Here are just a few of many destinations nearby that are worth checking out while you’re in the area spending time at the Calusa Nature Center.

Eastwood Golf Course

If you’re a visitor to Fort Myers that can’t wait to combine each day’s activities with time on the greens, getting out and booking a tee time at Eastwood Golf Course is a great idea. Located at 4600 Bruce Herd Lane, this public golf course is a great place to work on your long and short game and ultimately enjoyed some time in the fresh air. Situated just next to the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, this golf course benefits from beautiful surroundings that are inspiring to golfers whether they’re new to the sport or haven’t missed a tee time on any getaway they can ever remember.

Extreme Range Paintball Park

When you’re looking for some nearby fun that keeps the competition friendly and the challenge top of mind, head over to Extreme Range Paintball Park located at 3820 Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard. Fun and challenging courses make this a great place for a family event or just to try your hand at something new. The staff is known for their friendly service and the gear you’ll need for a fun day of paintball is included with the cost of admission.

Trailhead Neighborhood Park

If a day of exploring the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium has left you longing for some quiet time in nature, make the most of a stop at nearby Trailhead Neighborhood Park while you’re in the area. Sitting at 4000 Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard, this inviting green space is nestled into the heart of both wetlands and woodlands and is dotted with delightful benches for relaxing and making the most of the view. If you’re in town with little ones, there’s a great playground for enjoying while the many nature paths offer up a route to relish a nice stroll at day’s end.

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!

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