When people think of a trip to Naples, they immediately conjure images of beaches. This coastal Floridian city certainly has its share of sandy coves, but there are also endless adventures to have in this vibrant city. 

    You can catch a trophy fish off of a picturesque pier one day, walk through the Everglades the next, go shopping in a thriving city centre, and still find time to relax on the shores of the Atlantic. Check out what to do in Naples so you cab be sure to pack your trip with a wide range of memorable adventures.

    What are the best things to do in Naples, FL?

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    Naples Botanical Garden

    Explore 9 different gardens filled with tropical plants and flowers

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    The Naples Botanical Garden encompasses a full 170 acres of walking paths and intricately-tended specimens of both domestic and exotic flora. It's amongst the most brightly-colored and serene places in Naples. It's the youngest garden to date to receive the prestigious Award for Garden Excellence from the American Public Gardens Association. 

    You'll find 9 different gardens to experience, including a water garden with several species of flowering lily pads. You can also walk a 90-acre nature sanctuary where you can view native animals like deer and 150 types of birds.

    Location: 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples, FL 34112, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +1 239-643-7275

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    Fishing at Naples Pier

    Catch a trophy while fishing at Naples Pier

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    Naples Pier is a historic fishing and sightseeing pier, which draws thousands to the area every year to see the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. There’s a concession stand and eating area as well as beach supplies for those looking to hit the 10 miles of local surf and sand at Municipal Beach. 

    If you’d like to fish, know that you can do so here without a licence. From the pier, you can also simply view local wildlife: pelicans are often present, and there’s a good chance of spotting dolphins, stingrays, and other marine life.

    Location: 25 12th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102, USA

    Phone: +1 239-213-7120

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    Delnor-Wiggins Pass

    Enjoy white-sand beaches looking out on the Gulf of Mexico

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    Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is a barrier island just off the southwest coast of Naples. From here you can access the Gulf of Mexico and view a tropical paradise with white sand beaches. You can see a wide range of wildlife and shorebirds, go sunbathing, paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, or just have a quiet picnic lunch. 

    Anglers can find designated fishing spots to drop their lines, and boaters can launch into Turkey Bay and even explore the Cocohatchee River. Guided tours and interpretive programmes are also available.

    Location: 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples, FL 34108, USA

    Phone: +1 239-597-6196

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    Shop at Tin City

    A great place to shop for souvenirs in Naples

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    The Tin City Waterfront Shops comprise a speciality shopping area in Naples in the form of an open-air market. Here you can find antiques, handmade novelties, and local arts and crafts. The entire market is situated across 4 buildings, and you can find such diverse offerings as candles, seashell jewellery, wine, antiques, mood rings, and general souvenirs. 

    A popular place for couples and families, you can spend a whole day just perusing the stalls and discovering exciting trinkets, searching for that perfect gift or souvenir for the folks back home.

    Location: 1200 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 239-262-4200

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    Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

    Take an exciting journey into the Florida Everglades

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    The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary under the auspices of the National Audubon Society. Here you can take an excursion deep into the heart of the Florida Everglades and witness the rich and wild ecosystem that exists therein. 

    You can walk a 2.5-mile boardwalk to witness wet prairie, unspoiled marshlands, flatwoods, and deep into the largest Bald Cypress old-growth forest on the continent. As you walk you may see a range of wildlife including red-bellied turtles, white-tailed deer, otters, alligators, and dozens of bird species.

    Location: 375 Sanctuary Rd W, Naples, FL 34120, USA

    Open: Saturday from 7 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +1 239-348-9151

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    Palm Cottage

    Visit the oldest house in Naples

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    Palm Cottage is the home of the Naples Historical Society. If you’re interested in the legacy and rich history of the region, this is the place to go. It’s set in the heart of the Naples Historic District and is a prime example of tabby mortar-style construction, which is quite rare. 

    The cottage is the oldest house in Naples. Inside you’ll find that the house is decked out with antiques dating to 1895, appearing much as it did when it was a summer cottage in the Victorian era.

    Location: 137 12th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from noon to 4 pm, Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm, closed Sunday–Monday

    Phone: +1 239-261-8164

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    Dining and entertainment along Fifth Avenue South

    Dine and dance in city centre Naples

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    Fifth Avenue South is the primary shopping and commercial district that forms the heart and soul of Naples. Here you’ll find everything from luxurious glamor-shops to laid back independent stores. All of it is surrounded by well-tended tropical flowers and green space. 

    It’s a highly pedestrian-friendly area with promenades and a range of finds including local arts and crafts. You can walk through art galleries and relax in fine-dining establishments, all while taking in any of the live entertainment or festivals that go on monthly, such as the Evening on Fifth event.

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    Lowdermilk Beach

    Swim and get a tan at Lowdermilk Beach

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     Lowdermilk Beach (more properly, Lowdermilk Park) is a premier beachfront area in the city. Naturally, when people head to Florida for a holiday, one of the foremost attractions is the beach, and Naples delivers. Here, you’ll find not only stretches of sun, sand, and surf, but volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic tables, and even gazebos that you can rent for group events. 

    It’s a great place to spend a day at play and relaxation. It even features a concession stand, so you don’t have to worry about where to go to grab a bite.

    Location: Banyan Blvd, Naples, FL 34102, USA

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    The von Liebig Art Centre

    Visit the permanent home of the Naples Art Association

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    The Von Liebig Art Centre is the home of the Naples Art Association. It attracts around 100,000 people every year to view the rotating and permanent art installations, listen to lectures, and take part in art classes and workshops. 

    Exhibitions showcased here in the 16,000-square-foot gallery spaces include national, international, and regional in nature, and feature some of the most important modern artists working today. When you’re done, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to take home a souvenir of the stunning artwork you’ve seen. The Naples Art Association also puts on events throughout the city, including Art in the Park and summer jazz concerts. 

    Location: 585 Park St, Naples, FL 34102, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday from noon to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 239-262-6517

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    Caffe dell'Amore

    A romantic Italian eatery in Naples

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    Caffe dell'Amore is an intimate Italian trattoria that makes a romantic place to end your evening in Naples. You can enjoy hand-painted wall art, luxurious furniture, and fine dining. Reservations are required, but it’s a place you’ll never forget as this establishment transports you from Naples, Florida, to Naples, Italy from the moment you walk through the door. 

    Enjoy one of the finest wine selections in the area, savour gourmet Italian food, and finish it all off with a rich cappuccino. If you’re looking for a traditional Italian eatery in the heart of Naples (Florida, that is), Caffe dell’Amore is exactly what you need. 

    Location: 1400 Gulf Shore Blvd N Ste 154, Naples, FL 34102, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5 pm to 8 pm, closed on Sundays

    Phone: +1 239-261-1389

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