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The Shell Factory and Nature Park
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Today 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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The Shell Factory & Nature Park (239-995-2141) is more than just a retail store, we are on 18 acres (with 68,000 sq ft of retail space.) We have a Nature Park housing over 375 animals, reptiles & birds. From A-lligators to Z-ebra! The Fun Park offers fun for all ages with putt-putt golf, bumper boats, mining rig and trampolines plus much more! Capt'n Fishbones our Full Service Restaurant just re-vamped their menu! MMMM a must come in and try our delish fare!! Pet Friendly outdoor cafe's Dogbones Cafe & The Swamp Bar. Betty Boop Cafe' offers indoor arcade fun and snacks served with Adult Beverages or soft drinks! Our Dog Park is the home of Sun Coast Dock Dogs and SW Florida Wiener Dog Club. Need a space for a wedding, conference, birthday or just about and celebration? LOOK no further The Shell Factory & Nature Park has several unique venues to choose from! (239-995-3999) Live entertainment every weekend plus Special Events throughout the year like "GumboFest in January, Memorial day and Labor Day to name a few! So Come on Over! "There is Always something Happening Here!"
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What's NEW at The Shell Factory & Nature Park? The Soaring Eagle Zip Line! Only $8.50 pp {includes tax} 4 FREE Museums.....The Shell Museum featuring a replica of All Saints Church...The Natural History Museum donated by Jimmy Johnson...The Fossil & Gem Museum with real T-Rex bones! The newest museum...The Military Museum featuring Baseball through war-time & JFK tribute. FREE ADMISSION
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2787 N Tamiami Trail Fort Myers, FL 33903
2787 North Tamiami TrailUSFloridaFort Myers33903
Gift Shop, Tourist Attraction
Gift Shop
Tourist Attraction
Dog Park
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Today 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMTuesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMWednesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMThursday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMFriday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMSaturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMSunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Voted Best Family Entertainment Destination in SouthWest Florida!

"There Is Always Something Happening Here!"
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Family-friendly complex with a retail shop, steak-&-seafood eatery, nature park & rides for kids.- Google
"The nature park was a lot of fun, you can feed birds and there is a petting zoo."
"The Shell Factory is iconic."
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Christen Wells
in the last week
I went to the nature park two years ago and it needed some work. I returned last week and as an animal lover and activist I am so happy with the work that has been done. The cages were very clean, the animals happy & well taken care of, & tons of toys to keep animals stimulated. I also love their mission that they only obtain animals that are in need. The staff were great and offered us the cheapest option possible. Also visited the shell factory, zipline, & mini golf. All great. Highly recommend this place!
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Response from the owner - in the last week
Thank you so much for your awesome review! We are trying very hard to be the best we can be. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication from the staff, owners and community. We hold several events during the year to help with the cost of maintaining our animals as well as keeping their habitats renovated and fresh. Every year we hold a fundraiser and in January we hold our annual Gumbo Fest with the proceeds going directly to our Nature Park Environmental Education Foundation (501c3) please see our website for more information on these and other events
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Larry Sarlo
2 months ago
The Shell Factory is iconic. They have done lots of things to invite the community and bring in tourism. The nature park is a taste of Florida and is safe for the whole family. You can spend many hours here with the family and not be bored. They have a wonderful Christmas Shoppe and reasonably priced gifts. The restaurant has great service, a wide selection menu and the food is very good. You can eat inside or outside.
Hailey Smith
a year ago
I visited the Nature Park on Friday, September 5, 2014. While I understand Florida has severe heat I believe the conditions that some of these animals are living in is unacceptable. There is a very small pond with two large ducks and a few turtles that is very low, full of slime and has no water flow. Also, the turtle’s shells are covered in slime. There was a Park employee riding around on a bicycle smoking a cigarette in the park right past the 4 month old monkeys which I am sure isn’t good for them. All the water areas in this facility are very thick and full with slime. Most of the animals live in a cage with dirt and hardly any grass if any. There are several large birds that are in their own cages which are too small for them to even expand their wings! It looks as though this park has gone downhill and the employees/owners do they absolute minimum when they should go above and beyond for these animals. I’m appalled and hope something is done about this.
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Karen Weihrauch
a year ago
I work at the Shell Factory....Yes, It's old, dusty and sometimes smelly, but it's also been around 76 years. One person said " for it size it only had one checkout" Just to let everyone know...There are 5 checkouts. Also we have a real Post Office, Rosie's Fudge & Ice Cream and a Subway . Yes some of the $ are a little high, but your not going to find a lot of this stuff in Walmart...I have been with the Shell Factory off and on for about 15 years and 2014 is the best it's ever been. So have a open mind and come see the way I work in the Christmas House and we have some of the best holiday decorations you'll find. Have a wonderful day, hope to see you soon.....
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Maisy James
a month ago
The Shell Factory is a quirky and amusing place. It's very big and we saw a lot of strange and cool things. There're a ton of sea shells and other souvenirs. The dead baby sharks in jars were kind of disturbing, but everything else was interesting
Response from the owner - a month ago
Thank you for your review. We understand that not everything in The Shell Factory appeals to everyone. By no means are we trying to offend anyone. However we try to expose and educate children and adults, showing items like "shark in a bottle" or taxidermy animals. Most people will never be able to encounter such animals! Thank you so much for visiting with us and do hope to see you again! Sandy
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Dwayne Alton
in the last week
Strange place, yet curiously entertaining for our two daughters. My wife loves the Christmas store. They host school field trips and do a nice educational program.
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Carol Davison
a year ago
We went this week with our two grandsons and had a great time. The shell factory is huge and has all of the tourist stuff you might want. The nature park was fabulous! It was really hot and humid but we still spent a few hours there. The best part is the walk in 'caged' area where there is a stream with fish and turtles, huge tortoise, several large lizards, (they are really laid back and let the kids touch them), peacocks that are not only beautiful but let out as occasional yell, lots of birds... Could hardly get the boys out of there. The restaurant was under construction, but open and we had a pretty good, affordable lunch. Great day, and would definitely go back. Carol
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Brian Adler
11 months ago
great time for whole family Zip line very fun... water balloon fight was we did it twice inexpensive fun for family. paddle boats and bumper boats topped it off.
Response from the owner - a month ago
We are so happy you enjoyed yourself! Hope to see you again! Thank you so much!