Best Things to Do in Naples, Florida


Naples, Florida is a beautiful coastal town that’s full of things to do. Whether you want to explore the outdoors or enjoy an afternoon at the beach with your family, you can find something fun to do during your stay in Naples. Here are my favorite places to visit when in Naples:

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Naples Botanical Garden

The Naples Botanical Garden is a tropical conservatory in Florida. It’s located at 2200 Bayshore Drive in Naples, and it has a butterfly garden, sculpture garden, koi pond, and children’s garden. The conservatory is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturdays; and 1 p.m.–5 p.m., Sundays (closed on some holidays). Admission is $12 for adults ages 12 and up; $10 for seniors 62 and older; $8 for youth ages 3–11; free for children 2 years old or younger when accompanied by an adult who has paid full admission price — though keep in mind you must have your ticket with you at all times during your visit because they’ll check upon exiting once again before letting you out into the world beyond!

The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

If you have kids, this is a great place to visit. Your whole family will love the zoo and there are many things for kids to do. The zoo has plenty of animal exhibits where people can learn about different animals from all around the world! There are also a lot of educational activities for kids here too! There are even fun things like feeding shows, train rides, and more!

If you are looking for a fun place to take your kids, the zoo is a great option! The zoo has lots of activities for kids including train rides, animal shows, and even feeding time. There are also many different exhibits that teach people about animals from around the world.

Lowdermilk Beach

Lowdermilk Beach is a great place to spend a day with family or friends. There are picnic tables and grills, restrooms, a playground, and even a paved path that goes around the beach. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try fishing from one of two piers located on both ends of this beautiful stretch of land. Lifeguards are on duty during peak swimming hours (June 1 – Labor Day) from 9 am until 7 pm daily so don’t forget to bring your sunscreen!

Naples Pier

If you’re looking for something to do in Naples, the Naples Pier is an excellent choice. It offers a great view of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as restaurants and shops. The pier is open 24 hours a day and admission is free!

It’s a great place to enjoy some of the best seafood in Florida, as well as other types of food. If you want to get away from the touristy areas for a bit and explore Naples more intimately, head over to the Naples Botanical Garden. This botanical garden is located in the Mangrove Preserve and features plants from around the world.

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Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is a natural attraction located in Naples, Florida. With over 2,000 acres of land and pleasant facilities, this park is an ideal place for you to spend your time during your visit to Naples. The park offers a variety of activities for people who want to explore nature through leisurely walks or more adventurous hikes.

The best way to get there is by car but you can also use public transportation if you prefer. The park has its own shuttle service that runs frequently between 9 AM and 5 PM on weekends and holidays only; during the week they run only twice per day (10 AM-3 PM). The cost per ride is $1 per person plus 50 cents per bag that exceeds 12 inches in length or width; bikes ride free!

Surrounding areas include Marco Island which lies just south of Naples across the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway along Route 80/Collier Boulevard (State Road 838). This area comprises about 15 miles long including two islands: Little Marco Island is separated from Big Marco Island by a canal known as Old Riga Canal.

Sugden Regional Park

Sugden Regional Park is a great place to hike and enjoy nature. You can take a boat ride on their lake, which has beautiful views of the surrounding area. If you’re looking for some exercise and relaxation, this is one of the best places in Naples, Florida to go hiking.

There are many different trails that provide an opportunity to get away from everything and enjoy nature at its finest. There is also an aquarium filled with fish from around the world where visitors can learn about these exotic species!

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a national preserve with nearly 10,000 acres of pristine wilderness. It’s home to more than 450 species of birds and animals, including the endangered Florida panther and American crocodile. In addition to wildlife viewing, Corkscrew offers over 100 miles of hiking trails (including some with boardwalks through mangrove forests), canoeing, kayaking, and bird-watching opportunities for visitors who want an immersive experience in nature.

Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve is one of the largest protected areas in the United States. It’s located in the Florida Everglades, and it contains a wide variety of wildlife and ecosystems. This unique park is home to many plants and animals that are endangered or on the brink of extinction, including American alligators, black bears, panthers (Florida Panthers), bald eagles, and Florida panthers.

Big Cypress National Preserve can be accessed from several points around Naples: Ochopee Road north from U.S. 41; Burney Road south from Tamiami Trail; Little River County Park via Hwy 29; or Collier Boulevard East from U.S 41 at mile marker 20 – these entrances are open year-round!

Naples Historical Society’s Historic Palm Cottage & the Historic Palm Cottage Tours

Tours are available, and they’re free! Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you can’t make it to one of their scheduled tours, the Historic Palm Cottage and Museum are open for self-guided tours during normal museum hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) seven days a week.

You’ll want to keep in mind that there are some special events where access to the historic house may be limited or even closed off completely, so please call ahead if you’re planning on visiting during these times:

  • First Thursday Art Walk
  • Florida Fest at Grand Park
  • Naples Winter Wine Festival

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This list is a great starting point for a trip to Florida.

The list below is a great place to start when planning your trip. You can find more information about these places at

  • The Collier County Public Library Naples Branch, located at 900 Immokalee Road, offers fun programs for adults and children alike. They also have an excellent selection of books and movies for all ages!
  • Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is home to over 2,000 animals and plants from around the world, including tigers, lions, lemurs, and sloths the size of monkeys (and monkeys the size of cats), along with over fifty species from South America alone! It’s conveniently located just off Immokalee Road near the I-75 freeway so it’s easy to get there regardless of where you’re staying in town


Naples is a great place to visit, especially if you’re looking for something other than a typical beach vacation. There are plenty of things to do in Naples and we hope this list has given you some ideas for what to try out on your next trip!

Linda Aiken

Retired soccer mom; Mom of "the boy" (Gabriel); SAHM; and mom to one furbaby, Leo, who rules the house!

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