In the 2,300-gallon mangrove aquarium centerpiece, a 14-foot sculpted tree soars up through an open atrium into the Center's second story. A climb-in "bubble" provides visitors with close-up views of mangrove prop roots that provide shelter for fish inhabitants. Interactive and hands-on exhibits provide opportunities for visitors of all ages to explore and expand upon their knowledge of Florida's estuaries.
Large windows in the Reserve's laboratories allow visitors to observe ongoing research. A monitor displays film footage of local and visiting scientists conducting marine research on the water. In the theater, a 10-minute documentary film, narrated by Naples resident Peter Thomas and produced by award-winning filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus, highlights the beauty of the Rookery Bay Reserve.