Best Naples, FL Attractions

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    10. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

    The Environmental Learning Center at the reserve does a stellar job of interpreting the habitat of the estuary in a modern, state-of-the-art facility. The first floor holds a gallery that hosts changing exhibits...

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    9. Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (C'MON)

    A microcosm of Naples culture and nature in pint-sized stature, C'MON opened in 2012 in a park setting in North Naples. The Naples Trolley is the centerpiece as you enter the 30,000 square-foot hall of the...

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    8. Naples Botanical Garden

    Highlights of its beautifully designed 170 acres include a Caribbean Garden with a traditional re-created chattel house, a dramatic waterfall feature with giant lilypads in the Brazilian Garden and preserved natural...

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    7. Everglades National Park Boat Tours

    Take an awe-inspiring journey through the Everglades, the best natural attraction in the Naples area. Everglades National Park offers tours of the Mangrove Wilderness several times a day on a small, intimate boat....

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    6. Palm Cottage

    The Palm Cottage displays a special piece of Naples history. Constructed in 1895, the storied home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now a museum that has been decorated to reflect its previous...

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    5. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

    Nationally accredited, the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is one of the best attractions in the city. Celebrated by locals and travelers, this 52-acre park features exotic creatures such as panthers, alligators,...

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    4. Naples Municipal Beach and Pier

    A staple in the community for more than 100 years, the Naples Fishing Pier is a must-see attraction close to the downtown goings-on around Third Street South. Once the entry point for those who arrived to Naples by...

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    3. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

    While Naples is known for its pristine beaches, the city also has flourishing wetlands such as the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary - known for its ancient cypress forest and colony of nesting American woodstorks. The...

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    1. Artis—Naples

    Formerly known as the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, it is dedicated to both visual and performing arts in one architecturally forward location. The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra still calls the center home as...

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About Naples, FL Attractions

Sandwiched between the clear aqua waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the sheer wilderness of the Everglades, Naples balances its exclusive resort character and all-natural persona with a diverse range of attractions that showcases its split personality.

Most visitors first discover its beachy attractions - a number of developed parks that feature everything from a duck pond to a fishing pier. City, county and state maintain the various parks in pristine condition with all the conveniences.

Away from the beach, a children's museum and waterpark complex and a zoo appeal to families. Throughout the Naples region - which covers from Bonita Springs to Marco Island and Everglades City - four major historic museums look into the bygones of Florida's final frontier.

Before entering the deep wilderness of the Florida Everglades, Ten Thousand Islands and Big Cypress National Preserve, you can bone up on the local environment at various nature attractions. Welcome centers in the region further interpret the exotic flora and fauna. 

About Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton -- the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean -- has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and Naples guidebook (Countryman Press) is in its sixth edition. She was contributing editor for Caribbean Travel & Life for 12 years and has written guidebooks on the Bahamas. A...  Read more »

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