The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

Monday – Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

Adult: $10.00
Children (3-12): $5.00
Free for children age 2 and younger


We offer discounted admission for the following:

  • Seniors :$1.00 off standard admission
  • Military: $1.00 off standard admission
  • School/Scout/Camp Groups: special group rates, please call for more information.
  • College Students (Edison State College or Florida Gulf Coast University): $1.00 off standard admission
  • AAA members : $0.50 off standard admission
  • Members of the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA): Free admission through the reciprocal membership program!

To receive any of these discounts, please provide ID or proof of status

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We are located at 3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905

From North Fort Myers:
175 South to exit 136 to Colonial Blvd
Take a right off the ramp, go west on Colonial 1/4 mile to Ortiz Ave
Take a right onto Ortiz Ave, entrance to Center is 500 ft up on the left

From Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte and north:
Same as above

From Labelle:
Rt 80 to 175 South, then same as above

From Naples/Bonita Springs/Estero and south:
175 North to exit 136 to Colonial Blvd
Take a left off the ramp, go west on Colonial 1/4 mile to Ortiz Ave
Take a right onto Ortiz Ave, entrance to Center is 500 ft up on the left

From Lehigh Acres:
West on SR884 (Colonial Blvd) under 175 bridge
Follow Colonial for an additional 1/4 mile to Ortiz Ave
Take a right onto Ortiz Ave, entrance to Center is 500 ft up on the left

From Cape Coral:
Take Midpoint Bridge to Fort Myers and stay on Colonial Blvd
Go east on Colonial to intersection with Six Mile Cypress Pkwy and Ortiz Ave
Take a left onto Ortiz Ave, entrance to Center is 500 ft up on the left

From Sanibel/Captiva Islands:
Take Sanibel Causeway into Fort Myers (Summerlin Rd)

The Calusa Nature Center & 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.

Hours: The Museum, Aviaries and Trails are open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

The Center is located at 3450 Ortiz Avenue at the intersection of Colonial Blvd. and Six Mile Cypress in Fort Myers, one minute from I-75 at Exit 136. Additional information is available by calling 239-275-3435. Admission to the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12). This one-price admission includes the Museum, Butterfly Aviary, Trails, and all Planetarium shows scheduled that day. Please call for group rates, which are available for 15 or more people when you book your visit in advance. Family memberships are available which entitles members to free admission for a year and many other special prices on programs and discounts in the gift store. We welcome new volunteers; please call 239-275-3435 to schedule an orientation.

Exhibits still on display were created with partial sponsorship by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the South Florida Water Management District, and the West Coast Inland Navigation District.