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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
Type: Family Friendly, Museums, Planetarium / Observatory, Science Museums, Sightseeing
This space doubles as a nature center and museum, spanning more than 100 acres. And in the fall, it becomes haunted. The elevated boardwalks wind through the native vegetation where you can catch... Read More
This space doubles as a nature center and museum, spanning more than 100 acres. And in the fall, it becomes haunted. The elevated boardwalks wind through the native vegetation where you can catch glimpses of seasonal changes, and even see wildlife. The dark wilderness is also a perfect setting for the annual Haunted Walk that takes place in October. The screams echoing through the brush get your heart pumping as you wait your turn. There are also less scary, Friendly Forest nights for the little ones. If you go during the day, the museum hosts programs that get you up close and personal with resident animals. If you prefer indoor activities, the planetarium offers special laser light shows this time of year (Dark Side of the Moon) along with educational looks at the planets.
- Mon-Sat: 10am-4pm
- Sun: 11am-4pm
- Adult $10; Child (3-12) $5
- Best for Things to Do in Fall Because: See the change of seasons along the elevated boardwalks; they make a perfect setting for spooky, Haunted Walks at Halloween.
- Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: A great place to get in touch with Florida's nature during the day, while enjoying laser light and planetary shows at night.
- Best for Museums Because: This museum is focused on Southwest Florida's natural history, from alligators and birds to the importance of water. Be sure to check out the boardwalks.