Nature’s Wonders aims to educate and excite young resort guests with 11 aquariums, a kids’ lab and educational programming.
As Jean-Michel Cousteau says, “All kids start out as scientists, constantly asking ‘Why? What’s that? How does it work?’” At The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, we believe a family beach vacation should include resort experiences that tap into that innate curiosity by introducing our youngest guests to both the natural wonders and the rich cultural traditions of our Florida family hotel’s location. Immersive and adventurous, The Ritz Kids program provides your child with enthralling activities to reward their interest in the beauty and workings of the world we live in. With a diverse collection of activities based on the four pillars of the program – water, land, environmental responsibility and culture – kids are swept away by everything from coral reefs and forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and even food.
Nature’s Wonders is an environmentally focused program at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, led by resort conservationist and available to families visiting both Ritz-Carlton Resorts in Naples. The dynamic program allows guests, ages 5 – 12, to learn about and discover nature in a colorful, living eco-sanctuary, featuring 11 aquariums that house sea creatures like sharks, crabs, turtles and eels. Nature’s Wonders promotes awareness of and respect for Florida’s natural beauty and its sensitive ecosystems.
During the day, young resort guests, five and older, can also enjoy hands-on discovery programs in the Nature’s Wonders facility that utilize a science-based curriculum and kid-sized lab, complete with microscopes and visual stimuli like preserved reptile skeletons—all the tools to help a budding marine biologist explore a new world. Nature’s Wonders children’s programming is American Camp Association®-accredited and designed to provide a fun, educational experience for our young guests.
Full Day Adventure:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$150, per child
Half Day Adventure: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m.
$80, per child
Family Open House:
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
All children must have parental supervision.
For more information and reservations, please call (239) 514-6001. Reservations are required for Nature’s Wonders programs at least 24 hours in advance. Cancellations are requested 24 hours in advance or the full cost of the program will be charged. All programs are limited to participants aged 5 to 12 years.
Do I have to make reservations? Yes. Reservations are required and can be made through our Leisure Reservations Department (239) 514-6001.
What should my child bring/wear?
Please bring a swimsuit and a change of clothing. Sunscreen, towels, beverages and snacks are provided.
My child is just learning to swim. Are the beach and pool activities supervised? Yes. All activities are supervised. Attendants always accompany the children while in the pool and life jackets are available.
What safety training do the attendants receive?
Each member of our staff is certified in CPR and First Aid.
How many children will one attendant supervise?
Our staff to child ratio is one to five.
My child has food allergies. May I order a specific meal for him?
Yes, please make your needs known at the time of registration. The children’s menu offers a variety of choices.
My child is four and a half and is mature. Can he attend the Nature’s Wonders program?
State law regarding daycare facilities restricts us from accepting any children under the age of five.
My child will be accompanied by a nanny. Will the nanny be able to participate in the program?
Yes, provided your child is five years or older. The nanny will be charged at the same rate.
What if my child doesn’t want to participate in some of the scheduled programming?
All children are expected to participate in all of the scheduled, supervised programming. An attendant will not be available for alternate activities. However, guests may participate in some of our featured activities within the program on an a la carte basis. For instance, guests can sign up for and only attend the boat ride portion of the day.
Is scheduled programming provided every day of the week?
During peak times, Nature’s Wonders programming is presented by Naturalists every day. During off-peak times, the Nature’s Wonders programming is replaced with a more casual open exploration time supervised by Nature’s Wonders Counselors.
Can my children come into the room to look around? Yes, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. children (including those under the age of five) are encouraged to visit at no charge. This is open to a limited number of guests. Please contact Leisure Reservations at extension 6001 for additional information.
The Nature’s Wonders program provides hands-on, interactive learning and fun in an assortment of nature-themed activities. Sample programs include:
Nature inspires creativity in many ways. In this activity we will explore these expressions in both visual arts and music. Look and listen to nature, as well as create your own art, music and dance as we explore the natural world around us through games and discovery.
Assist the Nature’s Wonders counselors as they feed the many different critters throughout the tanks in the center. Learn about the eating habits of fish, shrimp, crabs and turtles, and view different marine environments like tropical reefs, estuaries and the open ocean.
Explore the beach and work closely with our naturalists as they beach comb, net for fish, dig for clams and other beach inhabitants. This popular program increases awareness of the abundant life forms occupying the surf. Bring your swimsuit and have a ball getting wet and being a junior marine biologist!
Have you ever heard of a mangrove? Mangroves may be one of the most mysterious places on earth, but they are also one of the most important in the world. Play games to reveal all the different critters that call mangroves home and have a blast as we discover what makes mangroves and their residents so very special.
Investigate the lush resort property for fascinating fauna including alligators, lizards, egrets, herons and turtles to name a few. Fine-tune your observational skills and identify animals that some hotel guests may never see.
Sea Turtle Survivor
Learn about the amazing journey of the endangered Loggerhead sea turtles that visit Florida’s beaches. Hold a turtle skull and play the fun Sea Turtle Survivor Game!
Whether you are fascinated by or scared of the world of sharks, this activity is for you. Through a variety of games, activities and videos, we learn about different kinds of sharks, why sharks are so misunderstood and how sharks are important to us and to the ocean.
Shell and Tell
Accompany the Nature’s Wonders team on this discovery beach walk. Search the shoreline for sea shells and other mysteries of the deep. Sift the sand for some surprising finds, then collect your own treasures and identify them.
Trails of Adventure
Search for and talk about some of the most colorful critters found in Southwest Florida, including dolphins, manatees, reptiles and birds. Find out what mangrove swamps have to do with what is on your dinner plate and learn the story behind a number of interesting plants.
When we throw something away, where is away? What really happens to our trash? Is all trash created equal? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we learn how to help save our planet through art, games and you guessed it, TRASH! Find out how our trash does affect the world around us and what we can do to help.
What Good is a Tree
Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein guide this activity by helping explain the value of the tree through their heart-warming and inspiring stories. Young guests will expand upon the lessons through a variety of games and activities that will remind us just how important trees are and why they are so special.
Celebrate your child’s special day in a unique setting at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in one of two venues: Nature’s Wonders or vue (virtual user experience).
Create exceptional memories for your child with a birthday celebration in the exclusive Nature’s Wonders Center. With an engaging underworld environment, the center and staff provide a fun, interactive and educational experience for your child and their party guests.
Choice of one of the following activities:
Ping Pong Tournament
Sand Castle Building Contest
1 to 4 p.m.
6 to 9 p.m.
(Based on availability)
v u e
For a most unique setting, let your child and their friends stimulate their senses in the ultimate entertainment lounge filled with high tech gaming devices including Microsoft Xbox One game stations, Sony Playstation 4 and Alienware gaming computers. Children will enjoy interactive free play along with a one hour organized Wii sports tournament in this one-of-a-kind contemporary lounge setting.
One hour Wii Sports Tournament – Choice of the following sports:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Party Enhancements Available (additional charge)
Face Painting Artist
Henna Tattoo Artist
Sheet cake or decorate your own cupcakes
$1000 rental for 3 hours exclusive use of venue
$50 per child plus applicable taxes and service gratuities
10 children minimum/30 maximum
$500 rental for 3 hours exclusive use of venue
$50 per child plus applicable taxes and service gratuities
10 children minimum/25 50 maximum
Exclusive three-hour party
Pizza, bowls of fresh fruit and beverages
Activity for all attendees
Note: minimum age is 5 years old for Nature’s Wonders, 7 years old for the vue and a maximum age of 12 years old.
In addition to our Nature's Wonders program, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples offers junior guests a variety of special services and amenities, including:
Special Holiday Activities Celebrate in style! Check out our calendar for special events, such as Teddy Bear Tea or Children's Buffet Dinner.
We will do everything possible to make your stay more comfortable with our Protect Our Little Ones program.
Imagine a luxurious, comfortable setting, where your senses are stimulated through the latest in entertainment technology. Guests may now enjoy an interactive virtual user experience (vue) exclusively at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.
The ultimate entertainment lounge, vue features all of the popular interactive virtual-reality games played via consoles hooked up to 40” Samsung LCD TVs from Microsoft XBox One game stations with wireless controllers, to Sony Playstation 4, and the latest from Nintendo Wii.
Sleek, white furniture, eco-friendly bamboo floors, and a modern black and white color scheme with green accents, all contribute to the contemporary wired lounge setting. Additionally, two individual lounge areas each offer a personal 19” flat screen television with DVD player, and iPod docking station for a more intimate experience.
In addition, vue boasts a 63” LCD with Blu-ray player controlled via remote touch pad, a top notch Bang and Olufsen surround sound system and several flat screen high definition LCD televisions to kick back and watch HDTV content and select movies in a home theater environment.
Central to the room is the Alienware gaming station, equipped with the latest games: Minecraft, Call of Duty- Advance Warfare and FarCry. Rising through the middle of the Alienware station is a dramatically lit column further creating an intriguing atmosphere.
Guests may participate in a variety of entertaining options from weekly Wii bowling tournaments to Wii Fit exercise classes and casual, fast-paced arcade action or multiplayer frag-fests on Xbox LIVE.
Staffed by experienced gamers, vue provides the perfect setting for the ultimate social gaming experience with the latest in technology.
vue is exclusively available to hotel guests for a $15 daily fee. Open Thursday – Sunday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.