Spectacular Things To Do In Naples, Florida

Ready for a fabulous adventure to one of the wealthiest cities 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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Spend Money At Naples Shopping District

Shops and restaurants along 5th Avenue South one of the things to do in Naples.
5th Avenue in Naples, Florida

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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Browse The Many Farmer’s Markets In Naples

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 At The Many Restaurants

Charcuterie board board from Vergina one of the places to go in Naples for a good meal.
Entree at a restaurant in Naples, Florida

Naples has a very eclectic food scene. From fresh seafood, epicurean steak houses, and casual eateries 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 10 PM, 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 through nature in a lush terrain along boardwalk trails. Much wildlife can be spotted as 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 8 AM-3 PM, 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
Naples pier

A favorite location for sightseers to view the Gulf of Mexico is the historic Naples Pier, which opened in 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 paddleboarding. Naples’s pristine waters are so clear you can spot dolphins, manatees, and a 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 entrance

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 is 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 beach

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

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

Say Hi To The Animals At The Naples Zoo

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

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

Naples Zoo also has interactive activities for kids such as hand-feeding the giraffes. 

  • Hours: Daily 9 AM-4:30 PM
  • 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 is 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
Entrance to Naples Art Center

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 artists. 

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

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

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Information To Know For Your Visit To Naples, Flolrida

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 80s. 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 every day 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
Naples beach

You can get to Naples by car or plane easily. 

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

Car- If you are coming from another city in the sunshine state such as Miami, Delray Beach, 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.


How To Get Around Naples, Florida

There aren’t many options for getting around Naples,  it’s a large area so I highly suggest renting a car. Uber and Lyft are available in the city, however, they 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 Final Thoughts

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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  1. Hannah

    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!

    1. chrissy@jetlaggedroamer.com

      The food was really delicious there. I hope you get to visit soon Hannah. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jamie Sharpe

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

    1. chrissy@jetlaggedroamer.com

      Yes, we can take advantage now what is nearby that we may have been missing. Thanks for stopping by Jamie.

  3. Daphna

    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!

    1. chrissy@jetlaggedroamer.com

      Hi Daphna! Naples is really nice for a relaxing and quiet weekend. I am sure you will enjoy it there.

  4. Krista

    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!

    1. chrissy@jetlaggedroamer.com

      Yes, Naples is a nice getaway here in Florida. It’s very relaxing to get away from Miami every now and then 🙂

  5. Rebecca McKellips

    Great post, there are so many awesome spots to hit in Naples

    1. Chrissy

      Oh Rebecca Naples is amazing! If you are looking for a peaceful getaway this is the spot!Thanks for reading!

  6. Go Wander Wild

    I loved reading about your experience in Naples Florida. Your descriptions really made it come alive for me. Happy travels!

    1. Chrissy

      Thanks for reading! So glad you enjoyed the post. Happy travels back at you!

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