People have been vacationing in Naples, Florida for decades, taking advantage of the weather and the area’s beautiful natural surroundings. But what if you’re visiting Naples for the first time, how will you know what the most popular attractions are in the area? We have put together a list of our Top 5 things to do in Naples to help you see the best the area has to offer.
Top 5 Things To Do In Naples, Florida
#5 Naples Zoo
The Naples Zoo is the perfect place to explore the animal kingdom. Come face to face with towering giraffes, speedy cheetahs, playful lemurs of Madagascar, African lions, fierce alligators and even a tiger. There are plenty of captivating exhibits to stop at while strolling along the mile long paved path. Don’t miss one of the zoo’s exciting animal shows, interactive activities and educational programs for all ages. For more information, visit www.NaplesZoo.com.
#4 Everglades Excursions
The eastern edge of Naples dissolves into the Everglades. Called the “River of Grass,” the Everglades boast many different types of eco-systems; swamps, dry areas called hammocks, the Big Cypress National Preserve and vast mangrove mazes. It’s hot, swampy, buggy and full of alligators, but it’s also one of the most amazing natural areas on the planet. You can tour Big Cypress National Preserve in a (gator-proof and nicely air conditioned) bus or get a little closer on a high-speed airboat ride or try one of the slower and more intimate jungle cruises through Everglades National Park. Stay at the Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort and take advantage of the many tours they offer.
#3 Dolphin & Sunset Cruise
Naples Bay and the Gulf of Mexico are home to a large population of Bottlenose Dolphins. These friendly animals love to ride boat wakes and show off for clapping on-lookers. Here are a few companies that will take you through Naples Bay to watch the dolphins, view the mansions of Port Royal and then cruise into the Gulf for a famous Naples sunset.
#2 Shopping & Dining Districts
Naples is known for fantastic open-air restaurants and stylish boutique shopping. Areas like Naples’ Fifth Avenue South, 3rd Street South, Tin City, the Mercato and Bayfront are all must visit areas for a new Naples visitor.
#1 Naples Beaches
Of all the attractions that Naples offers, it’s the miles and miles of white sandy beaches that lure people to Naples from all over the world. Naples’ beaches treat guests to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With magical sunsets, calm Gulf waters and amazing seashells—the beaches are a Naples must. Beaches like Vanderbilt Beach, Naples Municipal Beach (Naples Pier), and Lowdermilk Park Beach are usually busier with tourists and locals. While other beaches, such as Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park & Beach and Clams Pass Beach Park are a little less populated, and more secluded.
There are so many great things to do in Naples that we couldn’t list them all, but the five listed above will give any first time visitor a well-rounded experience of what Naples is all about.
Come visit Naples, Florida…paradise is waiting.
See you under the sun!
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