Things to do in Naples Florida
Naples has some of the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast, but there is much more to one of the top Florida retirement cities. From the diverse beauty of the Botanical Garden and wildlife in the Everglades to the quirky charm of Tin City, kids and adults alike love Naples Florida. Here’s a few of our favorite fun things to do to in Naples to help you get to know the area:
ARTIS PHILHARMONIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS - 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples, FL 34108 Phone: 239-597-1900
The Naples Philharmonic, founded in 1982 has been pleasing audiences for more than three decades. At present, they perform over 140 orchestral and chamber concerts, opera and ballet, educational, community and special event concerts annually from September through June.
Hours of Operation: Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4p.m., Sunday Noon-4p.m.
CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY - 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples, FL 34120 Phone: 239-348-9151
The Sanctuary covers about 13,000 acres of Southwest Florida's Corkscrew Watershed - Primarily wetlands - in the western Everglades. Around 700 acres of virgin bald cypress, the largest remaining forest of its type in the world, provide a home to the largest nesting colony of Federally Endangered Wood Storks in the U.S. as well as vital habitat for a number of other Federal and State-listed species.
Hours of Operation: boardwalk is open daily from 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., but boardwalk admission closes at 4:30 p.m.
LOWDERMILK BEACH - 9th Avenue, 257 Banyan Blvd Naples, Florida 34102, Naples, FL 34102 Phone: 239-213-3029
With plenty of metered and unmetered parking, a concession stand, two children's playgrounds and sand volleyball courts as well as picnic tables & benches, restroom and shower facilities this beach has everything you need for a perfect day with your family or a date. There are two gazebos available to rent for larger groups and special events.
Hours of Operation: Dawn to dusk year-round.
The largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Its pristine white sand beaches and casual atmosphere draw countless annual visitors. Dolphin sightings are common here, and if you enjoy water sports there are plenty of activities available to choose from.
MS. B. HAVEN FISHING & ECO CHARTERS, 550 Port o Call Way., Naples, FL 34102 Phone: 239-825-4292
Captain Mike Bailey, a second-generation fishing guide has over three decades of hands-on experience. Whether you prefer a day of offshore fishing or seek to learn more about the marine environment via an eco-adventure, you will find a tour here to suit you.
Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN - 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112 Phone: 239-643-7275.
The garden was founded in 1993 by a group of eight Naples residents who dreamed of developing a world-class botanical garden. The gardens span more than 170 acres with seven different habitats represented. Now there are six cultivated gardens, 2.5 miles of walking trails, and 90 acres of restored native preserve.
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. all other days.
NAPLES CHOCOLATE STROLL - Northeast corner of 5th Avenue South and 8th Street, Naples, FL 34110 Phone: 239-653-7933
A two-hour tour for the chocolate lover, make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your appetite! You'll visit about eight different stores along 5th Avenue, tasting a variety of chocolate from gelato, cupcakes, and truffles to ice cream, cookies, and pastries. All the while your guide will narrate with the history of chocolate and fun facts about Naples.
Hours of Operation: Friday and Saturday from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
NAPLES PIER AT SUNSET
The fishing pier in Naples FL, a community landmark, was originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock. Unlike most piers, you'll find narrow-gauge train rails which once transported freight and baggage. Sunsets here, looking out across the Gulf of Mexico, are romantic and inspiring. If you're lucky, you might hear a local conch blowing at sunset.
NAPLES TROLLEY TOURS - 1010 6th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102 Phone: 239-262-7300
Enjoy a narrated tour of Naples aboard a vintage trolley, which covers about 100 points of interest. Professionally-trained tour guides recite the history of Naples, and you can stop off for shopping, dining, and/or sightseeing along the way.
Hours of Operation: Trolley runs 9:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., 7 Days a week. Hop on anytime!
NAPLES ZOO AT CARIBBEAN GARDENS - 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples, FL 34102 Phone: 239-262-5409
At this nationally-accredited zoo, you will find plenty of fun activities awaiting you. Stroll down the paved path past rare and exotic animals in a historic tropical garden setting with exotic plants first planted in 1919.
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
TIN CITY SHOPS - 1200 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102 Phone: 239-262-4200
In the 1920s Tin City’s tin-roofed buildings constituted the hub of economic development & transport made possible by the Seaboard Airline Railroad. This stretch of the Gordon River formed the heart of Naples’ fishing industry, as well as boat construction and maintenance. Fast-forward to the 1970s, when seven of these sturdy old buildings became “The Old Marine Marketplace at Tin City”. Steeped in history, this is home to over 30 boutiques, a couple of restaurants and a rentals for a variety of water and boating activities.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m-9:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.
If this fun things to do in Naples list has proven useful to you, then we have succeeded in our mission to help make your visit or move to this new community easier and more fun. Don’t forget to bookmark this page so that you’ll have entertainment ideas handy whenever you’re in Naples – or for when your family and friends come to town.