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Calusa Nature Center And Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Avenue

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a private, not for profit, environmental education organization located in Fort Myers, Florida.  Our 105 acre site has a museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop and meeting and picnic areas.

Strolling through our Museum, visitors can learn about Southwest Florida's natural history.  Daily educational programs allow visitors an up close and personal view of some of our resident creatures, including a skunk, a raccoon, fox, Butterfly Aviary, and an Audubon Aviary which houses permanently injured birds of prey (hawks, vultures, bald eagles, owls and more!).

Various reptiles, amphibians and arthropods are also waiting for you. The Museum's interpretive displays address many issues affecting our area, from water resources to the plight of the endangered manatee.

The stars are always out in our Planetarium, the only one south of Bradenton and west of the Miami!  Check the Planetarium pages for astronomical happenings and other special events.

Our Museum, Planetarium and large portions of our nature trails are accessible to people with disabilities.

Our Gift Shop has a wide variety of natural history merchandise for all ages, from books to jewelry.  Be sure to check it out on your next visit.

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is truly a center.  In addition to our regular collection of programs and hosting of special events, our facilities are utilized by numerous groups and organizations for their regular meetings and special programs.  When you or your business need a unique and convenient site for your next meeting, presentation, birthday party or picnic, please contact us to see what we can offer.


Michael Aulenbach

Thursday, March 8, 2018
I have lived in Fort Myers for over 30 years. Both my daughter and grandkids really enjoy this nature Center. They're is also a planetarium which has laser light shows located on site. If you are going to walk the trails plan on spending at least two hours there. If not at least an hour. They have nice exhibits and even some regarding local items and subjects. They provide homes for a number of injured animals that could not be returned to the wild. Nice friendly staff and volunteers.

Haider Qureshi

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
I don’t usually leave reviews but after seeing this place I have to. The bald eagle they have is in such a small cage that I don’t even think it can fully spread it’s wings let alone FLY. It just looks depressed and hasn’t changed it’s position for an hour since I’ve been here. Are bald eagles meant to sit down for their entire lives and stare at walls? It’s saddening to see what they are doing to this majestic creature.

Balling all My life

Sunday, March 18, 2018
The center is pretty decent but the planetarium is extremely outdated. The quality of the video is so low that you can barely tell whats going on. The commentary crawls at a snails pace and it is really boring.

American Dude

Friday, March 30, 2018
Place is awesome with kids. The walk isn't as nice as the slough down the street, but the programs kept the kids focused for hours.

Jake Lasky

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
Awesome museum for local fish and the history of the area. I didn't particularly like the zoo portion they had. The trails were gorgeous and the planetarium was awesome!

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