Places to Play Outdoors: The Best Parks in Naples, Florida

Between its beaches and its raw, edgy wilderness, Naples offers perhaps some of the most varied recreational parks you will find in Florida. Most visitors head immediately to the beach, and the Naples area boasts a number of well maintained city, county and state owned beach accesses where you can sun, swim, kayak, paddleboard, picnic, play volleyball and even climb a wildlife observation tower at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, one of Naples’ best and most prsitine beaching spots.

This list takes you well beyond the beach, however, to places such as Sugden Regional Park, where a freshwater lake is popular for water-skiing and sailing; or places like Collier-Seminole State Park, an easy introduction to the sometimes overwhelming world of the vast Everglades ecosystem.

You will also discover community parks in the heart of downtown Naples and Bonita Springs if you follow the informed selections on this best of list. We have been to them all – and there are plenty others to discover – to hand pick for you the ones you should not miss during your visit to Naples. The list will point you to the very best ways to take advantage of the many outdoor recreational pursuits the region has to offer.

Riverside Park
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At the heart of Old Bonita Springs along the Imperial River, Riverside Park holds the downtown area, which currently undergoes redevelopment, together. Here most of the town's special events – Fourth of July parties, art fests and the annual...  Read More

Clam Pass County Park

This beach adventure begins with a tram ride across a three-quarter-mile boardwalk through a mangrove estuary, so you get to experience at least two different Naples habitats within minutes. The park fronts the Waldorf Astoria Naples resort,...  Read More

Naples Municipal Beach and Pier
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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

This pristine park offers the ideal beach experience complete with tropical hammocks, scenic tidal creeks and lush mangrove swamps. For those who eschew beach crowds, this is usually a good bet, because it is a little trickier to get to -...  Read More

Tigertail Beach
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At Marco Island's northern end, an island and a sand spit peninsula intercept the sand, stealing the beach from the main island. Coconut Island and Sand Dollar Spit are both accessible from Tigertail Beach, the public access operated by...  Read More

The only freshwater lake public beach in the Naples area, Sugden Regional Park is most well known for its sailing events and programs, but the 60-acre Avalon Lake is also a great place for kayaking and water skiing. The park rents water...  Read More

Old Naples
Cambier Park
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Cambier Park IS Naples' community park, situated smack in the center of downtown Old Naples just south of Fifth Avenue South. The park's band shell hosts free live concerts throughout the year. Its Norris Center is home to Gulfshore Players...  Read More

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

Collier-Seminole State Park
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History and nature combine to make Collier-Seminole State Park a favorite with families, campers and nature-lovers. It is the easiest way to access Everglades ecology in this part of the state. Witness history at a "walking dredge" exhibit – a...  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


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