Arts & Entertainment
Welcome to Southwest Florida most recognized waterfront city.A destination abundant in world-class Art , entertainment. Exploration of the arts, symphonic music to local acoustic talent - everything you expect to find in a luxurious tropical destination.
- Bayfront Galleries
- Naples Galleries
- Cambier Park Concerts
- Naples Philharmonic Orchestra
- Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theatre
- Naples Museum of Art
- Naples Dinner Theatre
- Marco Island Players
Naples Area Activities
Situated on Florida's beautiful southwest coastline, Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades are thought by many to be Florida's last paradise.By blending its picturesque setting with over-the-top attractions and activities, the area has become a top destination choice for visitors in search of an extraordinary travel experience. Whether you are looking for golf, fishing, shelling, shopping, boating, the beach or the arts, you'll find plenty of activities in the Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades area.
The beaches of Naples have been rated among the top ten in the U.S. by consumers at the Yahoo! Travel Web site, according to a poll conducted by National Geographic Traveler magazine. And the Travel Channel named Naples the "Best All-Around Beach" in 2005. 11 blocks from the Bayfront Inn 5th Ave. you will find the award-winning white sand beaches and emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico are a "must see" while visiting the Paradise Coast.
Visitors can take a walk on the wild side at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Named "Best Place to Take the Kids" by Gulfshore Life Magazine, the 52-acre, nationally accredited zoo and historic botanical gardens feature tropical ambiance, exciting wildlife shows, and hundreds of animals, from tigers to African Wild Dogs to antelope. In 2008 two rare fosas, predators from Madagascar, took up residence, and in 2009, the zoo opened its Black Bear Hammock, the southeast's largest zoo exhibit for black bears. It will be a stretch, but the zoo will welcome giraffes in 2011. Guests can wander the many walking trails or cruise a lake populated by islands that provide cage-free homes to lemurs, apes and monkeys.
Rookery Bay Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. Visitors can explore an amazing world within the 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected waters of Rookery Bay. Families will enjoy the Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park, offering five waterslides, a Lazy River, a heated family pool, children's activity wading area and special pool for 5-12 year olds.
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida's Naples Nature Center is just down the road from Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, with various educational exhibits allowing adventurous visitors to touch a snake, count an alligator's teeth, and explore Southwest Florida's natural side with a narrated boat tour. The 14-acre conservancy offers narrated boat rides, trails, and, for the truly adventurous, canoe and kayak rentals to explore the natural waterways of the Gordon River. Narrated cruises and sunset cruises on the Cocohatchee River take visitors through a pristine mangrove estuary, home to a variety of bird species, at the Cocohatchee Nature Center. Cruise passengers often spot marine life, such as manatees and dolphins, during their voyage. The 166-acre Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park features beaches lined with sea oats and cabbage palms, along with wooded trails. Known for its mile-long, unspoiled, natural beach, the park also offers picnic facilities, an observation tower, and educational summer sea turtle programs.
Cruise the streets of Naples and take in the warm Florida sun and cool gulf breeze on a Segway. Bayfront Rentals at the Bayfront Inn's dock masters office offers guided tours through downtown Naples. Biking is another great option in Naples. In fact, the city recently added several bikeways. How about exploring the waterways in your own rented kayak?
History and train buffs alike enjoy the Naples Depot & Lionel Museum Train Display located in Naples' first passenger train station. Collier County's newest historical museum, the Naples Depot allows guests to relive Florida's early railroading days with exhibits featuring a Seminole dugout canoe, antique swamp buggy, and restored railroad cars. Children delight at the miniature train rides and extensive model railroad layout. The Naples Depot is listed on the National Register of Historical Places
Top tourist activities:
- Beaches. 92% (11 blocks)
- Shopping 70% (4 blocks)
- Sight seeing 52% (1 block)
- Viewing wildlife 48%. Naples Zoo - (2 miles)
- Golf 12% (3 miles)