Educational Places for Youngsters
places to dine such as Capt’n Fishbone’s and the Dog Bones Café. There is also the nearby Aqua Dog Sports training site. You’re encouraged to practice dock-diving with your dog. Fees apply. Shell Factory also has an arcade and space for birthday parties. There are outdoor flea/farmers market events in the parking area off the entry. Check the website for days/times.
Rotary Park Environmental Center, Cape Coral
Some 97 acres of trails and stroller paths, a salt marsh, a dog park, an environmental center for events, a garden area, the Liam J. Perk Playground, the Glover Bight Boardwalk & Observation Tower and the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House, a screen enclosure donated and cared for by the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife. Free tours Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at 10:30 a.m., volunteer guides providing information about butterfly species, host and nectar plants for gardens, and the lifecycle of butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalises of the different species―on location for about an hour. Donations can be made to Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife. “The butterfly house has native butterfly species, including the monarch, zebra longwing, gulf fritillary, polydamus butterfly, giant swallowtail, black swallowtail, pipevine swallowtail and atala butterfly,” says Honey Phillips, senior recreation specialist with Cape Parks and Recreation. Picnic tables under pavilions, available restrooms. The Eco Adventure Nature Camp is available in summer months.
Shell Factory's Nature Park (above) and the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House in Cape Coral are great for kids.