Best What to Do in Naples
Many people begin their Naples explorations at the beach, and this list suggests two favorites: Delnor-Wiggins State Park and Naples Municipal Beach and Pier. The former goes away from city life to experience the region’s rich bird populations, whilst the latter is walking distance of some of Naples’best shopping and dining.
The beach, however, isn’t Naples’only habitat environment. A great deal more extensive and teeming with wildlife, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and Ten Thousand Island National Wildlife Refuge forever preserve vast acreage of environment that ranges from sea and estuary to marshlands and hammock forests. Naples’many nature attractions interpret the mind-boggling range of public lands and conduct tours and programs for satisfying interaction with nature.
This list picks the best options for experiencing the Naples area in a well-rounded manner that takes in its greatest treasures – its beaches, environment, history and culture. For families, we’ve thrown in the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’MON). While visiting museums is not really a typical activity for visitors to Naples, Florida, that one is really a must-see for anyone enthusiastic about the multi-textured bygones of Collier County. Impressive indoor vignettes and an outdoor historical park take you through eras of prehistoric animals and peoples, Spanish exploration, Seminole Indians and Seminole Wars, pioneer settlement, logging, the building of Tamiami Trail, pineapple farming, fishing, World War II and modern development and tourism. Highlights incorporate a logging locomotive, vintage swamp buggy, recreated Seminole village and war fort and early homes. One of the latter includes a taxidermy collection of local fish, birds and other wildlife.
Nationally accredited, the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is one of the finest attractions in the city. Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: It started as a botanical garden, so its flora combines having its incredible array of fauna to make it world-class. Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: The Everglades is the absolute most unique feature of the destination and Big Cypress offers the best opportunities to explore the habitat. Within the trolley, kids get their picture taken for a driver’s license and punch buttons to go virtually to a few of the museum’s 12 different galleries. A mammoth, very real-looking banyan tree may be the museum’s centerpiece. Inside, kids can step into a virtual pond and watch the fish flit away and water plants grow.
Naples Marco Island Everglades, Naples Municipal Beach and Pier, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Chelle Koster Walton, Naples Botanical Garden are the best places to visit with your kids in summer. Bring the youngsters – the Children’s Garden features a treehouse, cave, butterfly house and other fun features.