Top Ten Things to Do in Naples
Maybe you’re ready for a vacation. You’re ready to get away from the regular 9-5 work day. You’re ready to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico, as you’re dining at a 5-star restaurant. You can already see yourself walking along the sandy beaches, getting that tan you’ve been waiting all year to get.
Fast forward to 6 months later. You’ve decided to spend your two week vacation in Naples, Florida. And now you’re here. You’ve read about the “best things” to do while you’re here. You’ve been bombarded with the best reviews of Naples beaches. You keep reading about how inviting Naples, Florida is as a vacation spot. You may even feel a little overwhelmed, because you don’t know where to start.
But don’t panic. I’ll give you a little something to get you started. By the time you get done reading this, you’ll be out that hotel door in no time, on your way to explore some of Naples’ hottest spots. Are you ready?
Let’s start with the MUST-see spot in Naples…
1.) Naples Botanical Garden. If you’re not already a nature-lover, you’ll definitely become one. Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre beautiful garden. This breath-taking garden will make you feel like you are walking through the tropics and subtropics. Have children you are bring along? No problem at all, because Naples Botanical Garden has something for children as well. Enjoy the Butterfly Garden as well as the many beautiful walking trails at the Naples Botanical Garden.
2.) The Naples Pier. There’s no better way to end your day than to spend it at the Naples Pier. Watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico on this 1,000 foot-long pier. Rule #1…You shouldn’t leave Naples without visiting the Pier. If you’re up for breathtaking adventures, then this one is calling your name!
3.) The Revs Institute. If you’re into automotive history, then you’ll love Revs Institute! There are galleries which feature The Collier Collection of automobiles. The Revs Institute has research libraries, archives and an automotive preservation workshop. Believe me, this spot is every car-lover’s dream!
4.) Boat Tours. You don’t have to love fishing to enjoy being on the water. But if you do love fishing, then you are missing out if you don’t go on a boat tour. There are so many fishing charters in Naples. Spend a relaxing day on the water, fishing on the Gulf of Mexico and 10,000 Islands.
5.) Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. This 13,000 acre Preserve is a must-see! Enjoy walking the boardwalks through the pine flatwoods, prairie, and marsh. When you see the trees, you’ll be impressed with how huge they are! As a matter of fact, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is known to have the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in all of North America! Besides these trees, you’ll also get to see alligators, deer, birds, otters, and more. If you enjoy photography, then do yourself a favor, and don’t skip out on the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
6.) Lowdermilk Beach. If you’re looking for a family friendly beach in Naples, then Lowdermilk Beach is calling your name. With plenty of picnic areas, Lowdermilk Beach makes the perfect place to sit back and spend quality time with your family. Oh yeah, and it wouldn’t hurt to watch a sunset while you’re there.
7.) Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. This state park just so happens to have some of the most beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. There’s so much to love about Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, including accessible parking. Along with Lowdermilk Beach, Delnor-Wiggins Pass is also very family friendly. Bring your kids along, and relax in the BBQ area, where there is plenty of shade and picnic tables.
8.) Third Street South. Ready for some fine dining and shopping? Third Street South has it all. Anywhere from the fanciest restaurants to the coziest coffee shops, Third Street is where it can be found. Also, start your Saturday morning off by going to the Farmer’s Market. This neighborhood is only a few blocks away from the Naples Pier and beach.
9.) Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. This beautiful tropical garden has so much to offer. Experience the wildlife in person, and see a variety of monkeys, bears, hyenas, giraffes and much more. Watch the zoo professionals hand-feed the alligators. If you are a photographer, the Naples Zoo has plenty to take pictures of. This nationally accredited zoo is definitely worth a visit while you’re here.
10.) Clam Pass Park. Enjoy a tram ride to the beach. Or take a boardwalk through the mangroves. Stroll down the white sandy beach as the sun sets over the calm Gulf of Mexico. Grab a gourmet dinner and drinks at the restaurant and bar. The Clam Pass Park makes the perfect relaxing evening. So grab your significant other, and head over to Clam Pass.
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