Get Outside to Enjoy the Best of Naples Recreation

A blanket of wilderness swaddles Naples in opportunities to see amazing wildlife and enjoy recreation in and on the water and in wetlands, tropical forest and blissful sandy isles. Boating, sailing, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, hiking, biking, birding, nature photography or merely snoozing in the sunshine: The list of activities that get you outdoors and connecting with nature truly is bottomless.

And thus this 10 best list: It will help you narrow down all of the options to fit the parameters of your visit to the Naples area. Of course the roll call of outdoors activity begins with Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Quality charters such as Everglades Area Tours help first timers explore them and the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge in the best possible ways to specifically fit their interests and skill levels.

Sailing, boating and beaching in the Naples’ great outdoors appeal to the visitor looking for a more relaxed outdoors style.  For the best in natural beach bumming that combines loafing with learning, head to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. This 10 best list satisfies both the vigorous and the laid back outdoors enthusiast – from families to avid adventurers. 

Lowdermilk Park

Lowdermilk Park holds the most full-service facilities of any Gulf of Mexico beach in the Naples area, making it a good fit for families with children. They can gather for picnics in one of the two gazebo pavilions that the park rents out, go...  Read More

Naples Municipal Beach and Pier
Photo courtesy of Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB

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 boat, the main mode of...  Read More

Boat Rentals at Naples Bay Resort

Naples Bay Resort stocks the finest in boating equipment for day rentals to explore the Gordon River and bay waters. The power boats are fully equipped with all the latest navigational electronics and a Sony stereo system. Choose from deck boats...  Read More

Old Naples
Sweet Liberty
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Docked at the Naples City Dock at Crayton Cove, this beautiful 53 foot catamaran sails three times daily and is available for private charters. The popular beach trip takes up to 40 passengers through Naples Bay and along its waterfront mansions...  Read More

Everglades Area
Paradise Coast Blueway
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

If you are looking to get as closeup and intimate with nature in Naples backyard Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands region, grab a paddle. Paradise Coast Blueway is a work in progress – a system of paddling trails throughout the county...  Read More

Recognized as one of the best beaches in the US, the sandy shore at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is all-natural and devoid of the high rises and development of most of the other local beaches. A nature trail leads to an observation tower...  Read More

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. The tours depart from the...  Read More

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 Audubon facility is also the...  Read More

Everglades Area
Everglades Area Tours
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A leading tour operator in the Everglades City area, it offers outdoor adventure types a number of different options to explore Everglades National Park, Marco Island, Big Cypress National Wildlife Preserve and environs. The operation is best...  Read More

Big Cypress National Preserve
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton

For nature lovers traveling on a budget, it doesn't get any better than the land and water trails of Big Cypress National Preserve. This behemoth freshwater neighbor to Everglades National Park covers more than 700,000 acres and is home to such...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Chelle