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You'll see a wide range of animals native to Florida at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, including bald eagles, alligators, hawks and owls. There are also daily shows and animal demonstrations, as well as touch tanks and fossils that kids will enjoy.

Allot one to two hours to enjoy tours of Calusa's artificial habitats, experience the wetlands or visit the butterfly house, and if there's still time left over, take in the Center's laser and space-related shows. Recent visitors feel the planetarium is a highlight, but the rest of the nature center is fun for families with smaller children.

The nature center and planetarium are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and open at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Keep in mind that during the rainy summer months, the park may close at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12, and includes access to the museum, butterfly aviary and trails as well as any scheduled animal demonstrations and planetarium shows. For more information and to see the schedule of events, visit their website

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