Despite its relatively high cost of living and vacationing, Naples is as family welcoming as cities come in Florida. A number of attractions that are either designed especially for kids or are attractive to all ages bring families to the region in great numbers.
In the first category, the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples and adjacent Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park are the newest additions to the family scene. Other, quintessential nature attractions such as Big Cypress National Preserve fascinate families with intriguing wildlife, hands-on interpretative centers and hiking, biking and paddling opportunities.
Then, of course, there are those oversized sand boxes to excite families – gorgeous white sand beaches with facilities that range from a fishing pier to playgrounds and a duck pond.
Within this list, your family will discover a full range of educational and just plain fun attractions and activities to keep even the hardest to please members of the family engaged and entertained. The list covers the breadth of the Naples region from the Everglades wilderness expanse in the southeast to the very heart of the city. For a fun and complete guide to Naples for families, look for the new, colorful A (mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades guidebook by local author Karen T. Bartlett.