NAPLES, Fla., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is inviting Floridians and others on a multiple-day exploration of native wildlife as well as wilderness habitats within the diversity of Collier County's state and national parks and refuges including the globally unique ecosystem of the Everglades. Discounted rates at accommodations packaged with a Florida Resident 50% off Naples Zoo ticket combined with the benefits of visiting outside tourist season make this an especially attractive offer for in-state travelers. The "Fall into the Wild" program is valid through November 7, 2010. For full information, click http://www.napleszoo.org/wild.
Visitors to Collier County have a diverse selection of distinctive properties for their base camp. Every taste and budget will find a fit from familiar national hotels to a certified green lodging in Everglades City. Of course, beach, golf, and waterfront resort lovers can find the perfect spot as well.
At Naples Zoo, they'll discover animals from apes to zebras, including the new giraffe herd in their preview exhibit. Along with a full day of shows and cruises, visitors will find a range of the creatures that roam southwest Florida at exhibits like Black Bear Hammock, Panther Glade, Alligator Bay, as well as the Serpents: Fangs & Fiction and Snake Sunbathing shows.
To fully appreciate this seaside community, guests need to explore where the local wildlife lives. Collier County is home to the country's largest expanses of mangrove forest and its last remaining virgin old growth bald cypress forest. It's also the nation's orchid capital with more native species than any other county in America. And, of course, there's Everglades National Park - a World Heritage Site and the largest subtropical wilderness in the US.
The range of natural areas includes 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier Seminole State Park, Conservancy of SW Florida, CREW Land & Water Trust, Everglades National Park, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Naples Preserve, Picayune Strand State Forest and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Back in town, guests have their choice of fine dining, arts, golf, shopping, spas, and more. The limited-time "Fall into the Wild" program is a cooperative effort funded in part by the Collier County Tourist Development Tax.
If Florida residents have friends or relatives in the Naples area, they don't need a hotel stay to receive the 50% discount at Naples Zoo. All Florida residents can enjoy the zoo all day with proof of Florida residency and the Florida Resident offer from http://www.napleszoo.org.
About Naples Zoo
Naples Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cooperating in conservation programs both in and outside the wild for endangered species. The all-day pay-one-price ticket includes admission to the nationally accredited zoo and historic garden along with all wildlife shows, exhibits, and cruise through islands of monkeys, lemurs, and apes. To learn more, click http://www.napleszoo.org or call (239) 262-5409.
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