The following is a list of recommended activities in Naples:
- Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
- Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
- Sun-n-Fun Lagoon
- Naples Pier
- Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
- Artis – Naples (formerly the Naples Philharmonic)
- Naples Art Association – The von Liebig Art Center
- Naples Botanical Gardens
- Edison and Ford Winter Estates (Fort Myers)
- The Conservancy Nature Center
- Mercato Shopping Center / Silverspot Cinema
- Rookery Bay
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
The Naples Zoo is located on Goodlette-Frank Road, just south of the Golden Gate Parkway and across the street from the Coastland Center Mall. It opened as a zoo in 1969, incorporating the botanical gardens that were first planted by Dr. Henry Nehrling, and is now home to more than 70 species of animals. The zoo was first accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2001, and is a member of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Collier County residents can visit the zoo for free on the first Saturday of each month.
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Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples celebrates the natural curiosity of children by offering an educationally dynamic space where children are encouraged to explore and discover. The museum is a cultural institution developed by experts in child psychology, and is filled with interactive exhibits and galleries, both permanent and temporary. It is housed in a LEED green building certified by the United States Green Building Council. The museum is located in the North Collier Regional Park on Livingston Road, just south of Immokalee Road.
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The Sun-n-Fun Lagoon is Collier County’s only water park. The park includes four pools, a long lazy river, a lit splash playground or interactive water feature, five water slides, a concession stand, and other typical amenities such as restrooms and lockers. The park is located in the North Collier Regional Park on Livingston Road, just south of Immokalee Road. Collier County residents are able to purchase annual passes.
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The Naples Pier is a favorite location for sightseers and fishermen with plenty of space to cast a line. It features restrooms, a concession stand with a covered eating area and beach supplies. Fishing from the pier does not require a fishing license, as the City of Naples has purchased a bulk fishing license for the pier. The beach at the pier also features volleyball nets, and is one of the best places to catch a spectacular Naples sunset. The Naples Pier is located on the Gulf of Mexico at the West end of 12th Avenue South. On-street parking is supplemented by a parking lot one block East, with additional parking at beach ends on the avenues to the north and south.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
The Corkscrew Swamp Santuary and Blair Audubon Center is located off Rookery Lane, about 40 minutes north-east of downtown Naples. It occupies approximately 13,000 acres in the heart of the Corkscrew Watershed in Southwest Florida, part of the Western Everglades. Corkscrew provides an important habitat for numerous Federal and State listed species, as well as several rare plants. Visitors walk above the natural vegetation along 2.25 miles of boardwalk, were they are able to view a wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, and raptors throughout the year.
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Artis – Naples (formerly Naples Philharmonic)
Artis – Naples is a center for the performing arts, located along Pelican Bay Blvd, off Route 41. The center hosts more than 300 concerts, performances, exhibitions and educational events for children and adults each year. The center is a cultural campus that includes two performance halls, the Frances Pew Hayes Hall and Myra J. Daniels Pavilion, as well as The Baker Museum, and is home to the Naples Philharmonic orchestra.
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Naples Art Association – The von Liebig Art Center
The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)(3) organization that, as part of its mission, operates the von Liebig Art Center. The center is located behind 5th Avenue South in Downtown Naples, and provides a wide variety of attractions for both residents and tourists. The center also provides various workshops and classes for children and adults.
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Naples Botanical Gardens
The Naples Botanical Gardens are located on a 170-acre site just south of Downtown Naples, and includes both cultivated gardens and conservation sites. The gardens feature tropical and sub-tropical plants, and was recently renovated and updated to include three new gardens and a new visitors center. Educational classes and group tours are available. Each week at set times the gardens open their doors to allow visitors to walk the gardens with their dogs.
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Edison and Ford Winter Estates (Fort Myers)
The Edison Ford Estates are home to 20 acres of botanical gardens and nine historic buildings, including Thomas Edison’s Winter Estate, Henry Ford’s Winter Estate, Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum. Group tours are available where visitors will learn first hand how the ingenuity and hard work of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford changed American business and industry and how their very presence changed the city of Fort Myers.
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The Conservancy Nature Center
The Conservancy Nature Center is run by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, an organization committed to helping citizens stay informed about conservation and assisting government and business leaders with science-based research encouraging them to make growth decisions that keep the health, well-being, and the sustainability of our region in mind. The nature center is a 21 acre nature experience located off Goodlette-Frank Road, near 14th Avenue North. The center offers numerous special programs, all-day activities, and guided water tours.
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Mercato Shopping Center / Silverspot Cinema
The Mercato Shopping center is filled with a large number of upscale restaurants and stores. In addition, Mercato is home to the Silverspot Cinema, which provides a “luxurious, no hassle movie-going experience” with its large auditoriums filled with comfortable leather seats, and attached lounge and restaurant. Guests are also able to enjoy dinner while watching a movie.
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The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America, and is managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Office in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Rookery Bay a place where visitors can enjoy recreational activities, like kayaking or boating, or where students can learn about the reserve at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.
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