Some great ideas on
what to do in Naples.
5th avenue is a very upscale shopping district at the heart of what is known as Old Naples. In addition to the fine stores, there are art galleries, restaurants and sidewalk cafes along beautifully landscaped streets. Fifth Avenue is within walking distance to the beach.
Caribbean Gardens is a combination of zoo and botanical garden. See all kinds of animals up close: kangaroos, hyenas, iguanas, macaws, alligators, monkeys, tigers, and lemurs to name a few. The animals are surrounded by the 52-acres of plants and trees that were planted by botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling 50 years ago. There are so many exhibits, plants and animals to see. It's a great destination for kids and adults.
Phone: (941) 262-5409
Managed by the National Audubon Society, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a wonderful place to view many of the plants and animals that make Florida so unique. There is a 2.25 mile boardwalk tour that allows you to see 6 distinct habitats in an extremely natural setting. With its cathedral-like old growth cypress forest and abundant resident wildlife, if offers some great nature viewing and photographic experiences!
Phone: (941) 348-9151
As part of your full-day tour, you'll stop in the heart of the Everglades, where you'll take a Jungle Cruise through the sawgrass prairies and mangrove wilderness. There's a gator exhibit, air boat tours and tons of birds to see.
Phone: 1-800-592-0848 or (941) 262-1914
Love minor league hockey? The Florida Everblades are Southwest Florida's minor league hockey team and Teco Arena is their home. In addition to hosting hockey matches, the arena provides other entertainment such as ice skating, concerts and special events.
Phone: (941) 948-7825
Both Centers are owned and operated by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The Nature Center offers many activities, such as boat tours, nature trails, daily presentations by naturalists, canoe and kayak rentals, as well as a nature store and museum of natural history. The Briggs Nature Center offers its visitors a half-mile boardwalk that takes them on a journey through through rare plant communities and a butterfly garden. Briggs is known for its abundance of bird species.
Cruise Naples Bay aboard one of two luxury yachts: the Naples Princess and Naples Royal Princess. The Princess' offer sightseeing, lunch, sunset hors d'oeuvres, sunset dinner cruises or nature cruises through the Ten Thousand Islands.
Phone: (941) 649-2275
Take a trolley around Naples as expert guides combine humorous stories and historical facts to paint a vivid picture of the area. On the tour, You'll see historical landmarks, magnificent estates, world class shopping areas, local attractions, beautiful beaches, waterways and more. The Trolleys operate 7 days a week.
Phone: (941) 262-7300
Environmentally-friendly tours through The Everglades. Accommodates specialty interests such as photography, horticulture and bird-watching.
Bears from all over the world are exhibited in this most unusual museum. Founded in 1990 by a Naples grandmother who started it with a donation of 1,500 donated bears, the museum now displays nearly 4,000 teddy bears made from many different materials, such as: fabric, marble, crystal wood and bronze.
Tin City is a mixture of shops and restaurants on the Naples Bay waterfront. It's unique because of its nostalgic appeal - it was built on the site of a 1920's clam shelling and oyster processing plant and several of the buildings are reminiscent of Naples maritime past.
Venetian Village is an upscale and unique shopping experience. In addition to the truly unique shops, the Village is tucked away in a quaint and quiet spot right on the waterfront of Venetian Bay. There are nearly 60 shops and a handful of restaurants and galleries.
Tour the everglades in a swamp buggy or an airboat. Located 35 Miles South of Naples in the Everglades, this local attraction features an alligator exhibit and animal sanctuary as well.
Another upscale shopping area, carefully constructed around a beautiful man-made pond with islands of trees and brush. You'll stroll through unique shops as well as some familiar ones, like the Gap. Hip (but not stuffy) restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen and The Silver Spoon are also located in the Shops.