If you are going to be in Fort Myers, you are going to want to take a side trip to the local zoo and park. While the major zoos are in another part of Florida, the Shell Factory & Nature Park is a great place to visit and has a huge petting zoo. You will also find bird exhibits and reptiles in this pretty nature park and zoo.

The Shell Factory is a must-see attraction, especially if you have kids. The kids love the aviaries and there are multiple aviaries to explore. The birds are fascinating for people of all ages and their beautiful colors keep people coming back for more. The reptile exhibits are also fascinating and you can even feed the alligators if you are willing to pay a little extra.

If you are interested in snakes, you are going to enjoy the many snake exhibits and there is a wide variety of snake species to view. You can even touch some of the marine life in the viewing tanks. You can buy hermit crabs at the gift shop and the gift shop has a wide selection of things to buy and if you love shells, you are going to really enjoy the huge selection of shells that you can purchase. You could spend hours just looking at all the shells.

While The Shell Factory Nature Park is not a huge zoo, it does have over 400 different animals, including zebras and lemurs. The animal attractions cover almost five acres of land. The Eco Lab is where you will find the snakes and reptiles and you can explore a wide variety of insects as well. This enclosed space is fascinating and both kids and adults enjoy it.

The aviaries are a must-see and they house more than just birds. You can also see large tortoises and turtles roaming around and you can even feed them. The petting zoo is perfect for your young kids and the alligator area is the perfect place to get up close with the alligators. The butterfly garden is another area you won’t want to miss.

The price is affordable and the atmosphere is very casual which makes it the perfect place to just spend time exploring and seeing what is there. If you are looking for a fun place to get away to for a few hours, you will want to visit the Shell Factory and Nature Park.