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Imagine a luxurious, modern setting where your senses are stimulated through the latest in entertainment technology. The Beach Resort's VUE (Virtual User Experience) and the Golf Resorts's I.C.E. are the ultimate entertainment lounges, featuring the most popular virtual-reality games from Microsoft XBox 1 game stations, to Sony Playstation, and Nintendo Wii. VUE and I.C.E provides the perfect setting for the ultimate social gaming experience with the latest technology.

In addition, the venue boasts a movie theater room with a HD Plasma TV, theater style seating for eight, and a BOSE surround sound system.

Open daily from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Nature’s Wonders program provides hands-on, interactive learning and fun in an assortment of nature-themed activities. Sample programs include:

Celebrate Nature
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.

Feeding Frenzy
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.

Marine Encounter
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.

Nature Detectives
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.

Trash Bash
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.

Nature’s Wonders is an environmentally focused program at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort, 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 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.

Nature’s Wonders Activity Schedule:

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Full Day Adventure:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Includes lunch
$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.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is now featuring Imagination Playground LLC equipment.  An innovative playground system that transforms any space into a play space that encourages learning, movement, and above all fun.  The system includes a wide variety of soft loose parts including cubes, bricks, cogs, curves, and cylinders with shapes and holes that fit together in ways that enhance creativity.

Play Space is open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and requires parental supervision.

Get ready for an in-room camping experience that is out of this world. Imaginations will soar in this space-inspired tent featuring a glow-in-the dark galaxy. The package also contains take-home mementos including a lantern and a space discovery book. The in-room camping experience is available for suite accommodations only and is recommended for children between the ages of 3-8. The cost is $190 per suite and is set for the duration of the guests’ stay, based on availability.

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