SPECTACULAR THINGS TO DO IN NAPLES, FLORIDA

SPECTACULAR THINGS TO DO IN NAPLES, FLORIDA

Ready for a fabulous adventure to one of the wealthiest cites in the states? I have listed some fabulous things to do in Naples to keep you entertained for your trip. This popular tourist destination has plenty of high class shopping, an exquisite dining scene, and sugary sand beaches to soak up plenty of sun. 

Keep reading and get your exclusive list of the top Naples attractions. 

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN NAPLES

SPEND MONEY AT NAPLES SHOPPING DISTRICTS

Shops and restaurants along 5th Avenue South

Go for a long walk along 5th Avenue South and 3rd Street South the most famous Old Naples attractions. This entertainment district has plenty of chic boutiques, jewelers, and upscale dining to browse. Although it may be a tad expensive it is one of the fun things to do in Naples and worth exploring. 

For those who develop an appetite during your stroll they have many places to eat for a light snack or hearty meal. 

GET EDUCATED AT NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDENS

Naples Botanical Garden is one of the fun things to do in Naples if you’re traveling with kids. 

Off of Bayshore Drive this 170 acres of lush greenery has over 1,000 native species and cultivated gardens. 

Get an educational experience learning about exotic plants and those native to the region in each themed garden such as Brazil, Asia, the Caribbean, and Florida. 

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NAPLES FARMER’S MARKETS

One of the cool things to do in Naples is browsing the weekly farmer’s markets. Third Street South Farmer’s Market is a favorite of the Neapolitans and truly captures the essence of the city. This specific market is only open on Saturdays, so be sure to stop by if there. 

GET A TASTE OF NAPLES

Charcuterie board board from Vergina one of the places to go in Naples for a good meal.

Naples has a very eclectic food scene. From fresh seafood, epicurean steak houses, and casual eateries to find a sip and bite to please your palette. 

Below are some of my favorite places to go in Naples for a yummy meal:

  • Vergina– Italian | Address: 700 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102
  • Tacos &Tequila Cantina -Mexican | Address: 4834 Davis Blvd, Naples, FL 34112
  • Ocean Prime– Modern American | Address: 699 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102
  • Bar Tulia – Italian  | Address: 462 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102
  • Mediterrano – Mediterranean| Address: 336 13th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102
  • Watermarke Grill -Steakhouse | Address: 11280 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34110
  • Sea Salt–  Seafood  | Address: 1186 3rd St S, Naples, FL 34102
  • K-Rick Mexican Grill– Mexican | Address: 475 Bayfront Pl, Naples, FL 34102
  • La Trattoria– Italian | Address: 878 5th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102

Most restaurants close in Naples at 10PM, so if you’re a late diner like me make sure to go early enough so you don’t miss dinner. 

EXPLORE NAPLES BY TAKING A HIKE

Go for a hike though nature in a lush terrain along boardwalk trails. Much wildlife can be spotted and native vegetation.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is one of the fun places in Naples to go for a hike, it’s    30-miles from downtown Naples. 

  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8AM-3PM, Sunday closed
  • Admission: General admission $17, children under 8 free
  • Address: 375 Sanctuary Rd W, Naples, FL 34120
  • Website: https://corkscrew.audubon.org/

VISIT THE HISTORIC NAPLES PIER

Entrance sign to Naples Pier

A favorite location for sightseers to view the Gulf of Mexico is from the historic Naples Pier, opened since 1889. 

Catch a golden sunset or fish at the pier are a few of the free things to do in Naples. 

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: West end of 12th Avenue South
  • Website: N/A

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GO FOR A PADDLE AROUND NAPLES

Try one of the top Naples activities on the water and go paddle boarding. Naples  pristine waters are so clear you can spot dolphins, manatees, and variety of fish on your route. 

GO SHOP AT THE QUIRKY TIN CITY

Entrance into Tin City one of the top things to do in Naples

Tin City is a shopping center full of locally owned stores and one of the top Naples attractions that is a must-see. Full of bizarre bohemian themed shops with locals crafts, bathing suits, shells, perfume, wine, and much more that will keep you busy shopping for a few hours.  

Spending a few hours at these waterfront shops are one of the unique things to do around Naples. 

SEE NAPLES BY TAKING A BOAT RIDE

All aboard! Hop on a vessel and go searching for dolphins, sunsets, or mansions. Naples has water that is hard to resist, thankfully, they have a wide selection of boat tours for a fun adventure.

HANG OUT ON THE BEACH

Naples beach with the Naples pier in the background during golden hour

Naples is home to some immaculate beaches. Get sun-kissed or take a dip on the ocean in their warm pristine waters. 

Celebrating a sunset with a picnic at the beach was my favorite Naples activities during my visit. 

SAY HI TO THE ANIMALS AT THE NAPLES ZOO

One of the fun things to do in Naples with kids is visiting the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. 

Spanning across 43- acres, this zoo has over 70 animal species to explore such as felines, apes, honey badgers and critters indigenous to Florida like the the toothy alligators. 

Naples Zoo alos has interactive actives for kids such as hand-feeding the giraffes. 

  • Hours: Daily 9AM-4:30PM
  • Admission: Here you can purchase your tickets in advance
  • Address: 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples, FL 34102
  • Website: https://www.napleszoo.org

HIT SOME GOLF BALLS

Tee-up in Naples also known as the golf capital of the world. There are 30 public 18-hole golf courses in the Naples area. Some of the top golf places to go in Naples are listed below. 

  • Naples Grande Golf Club | Address: 7335 Premier Dr, Naples, FL 34105
  • Tiburon Golf Club, Black Course | Address: 2620 Tiburon Dr, Naples, FL 34109
  • Tiburon Golf Club’s Gold Course | Address: 2620 Tiburon Dr, Naples, FL 34109
  • TPC Treviso Bay | Address: 9800 Treviso Bay Blvd, Naples, FL 34113

GET ARTSY AT VON LIEBIG ART CENTER

Outside of The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida

The von Liebig Art Center is a 16,000 square foot cultural gem in downtown Naples off Park Street. Home to the Naples Art Center, this building is 2-stories full of galleries, exhibitions, and impressive displays with works from local artist. 

The facility has a variety of art classes for children and adults, monthly workshops, lectures and festivals.  

  • Hours: Monday to Saturday 10AM-4PM, Sunday 12PM-4PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: 585 Part St, Naples, FL 34102
  • Website: https://naplesart.org/

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INFORMATION FOR YOUR VISIT TO NAPLES, FLORIDA

WHEN TO VISIT NAPLES

Places in south Florida run on seasons. When you should visit Naples depends on your budget and weather preferences. 

High season in Naples runs from December to March and the weather is less humid and temperatures stay below the 80’s. Hotel prices tend to peak around this time of year. If you are wanting to spend less money and avoid crowds then I suggest avoiding Naples during these months. 

Hurricane season in Florida begins in June and runs through October. Central and south Florida tend to get hit with tropical storms and hurricanes during these months. Expect heavy rain periodically everyday which can hinder your visit. 

April, May, and September through November would be good months to plan a visit to Naples. Season has ended and the temperatures are so hot. 

HOW TO GET TO NAPLES

pelicans hanging out on the beach during sunset

You can get to Naples by car or plane easily. 

Plane- If flying to Naples, Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is closest airport and only a 30- minutes drive north of Naples. You can take an Uber, cab, or rent a car to get to town. 

Car- If you are coming from another city in the sunshine state such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or Key West you can drive and reach Naples in less than 3-hours depending on traffic.

WHERE TO STAY IN NAPLES

Naples has many hotels suitable for any budget. If possible I suggest staying close to 5th Avenue since it is a walkable distance to many restaurants and the beaches. 

Below you can check hotels and accommodations within your price range.

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HOW TO GET AROUND NAPLES

There aren’t many options getting around Naples,  it’s a large area so I highly suggest renting a car. Uber and Lyft are available in the city, however, it can quickly add up during your visit. Save yourself some cash and get a rental. 

If you plan on staying in the popular downtown area only, then renting a bicycle and walking should suffice during your visit. 

THINGS TO DO IN NAPLES CONCLUSION

Hopefully, you find this list of things to do in Naples helpful. I believe you will find this charming and quaint town to be a nice relaxing getaway. Enjoy and have a safe trip!

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8 Comments

  1. What a great list of things to do in Naples! I’d love to visit one day! The food looks delicious! I’d also love to visit the botanical gardens and the beach too! Thanks for the great guide!

  2. This is a great overview to Naples. With international travel restricted, it’s a good time to explore some domestic destinations.

  3. This is a great list of things to do in Naples! We haven’t been to this part of Florida before, so will have to make it down there sometime!

  4. This is definitely very different to the Naples in Italy that I visited! It looks like it’s a nice place to spend a day or two though!

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